Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872): Overtures / Antoni Wit, Warsaw PO Mar08
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Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872): Overtures / Anton...

Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszki, although not a household name outside his native country, is to this day a revered and prominent figure in Polish cultural life. His name and likeness have appeared on everything from building and park signs to currency and stamps. Products of early 19th...

Early 20th century Piano Trios by Volkmar Andreae, Sandor Veress, Raffaele D’Alessandro / Absolut Trio Mar06
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Early 20th century Piano Trios by Volkmar Andreae,...

The three musicians of the Absolut Trio have been building a repertory around “rare finds and forgotten pieces,” and the three works they perform on this Musiques Suisses CD are absolutely in line with this objective. Coming from the early and mid-twentieth century, each of the...

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J. B. Foerster: Dreams, Memories and Impressions &...

Right from the opening track, Dreaming, by Josef Bohuslav Foerster, it amazes that this superb release from Brilliant Classics is the first time the composer’s solo piano music is appearing on CD. J. B. Foerster (as he is often referred to) was a Czech composer, eighteen years the junior...

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Leevi Madetoja: Symphonies 1 & 3; Okon Fuoko Suite...

In an earlier review on Expedition Audio from about a year ago (March 12th to be exact), I recommended John Storgårds’ recording of Leevi Madetoja’s Symphony No. 2 with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on the Ondine label. This current release from January 2013 is of...

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German Wind Quintets; Eisler, Hindemeth, Klughardt...

Coming from 1901, the middle 1920′s and 1966, the four wind quintets on this disc are vastly different from one another. The title of the CD is ‘German Wind Quintets’; the youthful and crackerjack Quintette Aquilon performs. The program opens with the plush romantic harmonies...

Balakirev’s Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 / Nicholas Walker Feb25
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Balakirev’s Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 / Ni...

This Grand Piano CD is designated volume one of the complete piano works by Mili Balakirev performed by British pianist Nicholas Walker. The program contains three sonatas, coupling the familiar Sonata in B flat minor of 1905 with two early works from the composer’s late teens, his...

Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) ‘Laberintos Ingeniosos’ / Xavier Díaz-Latorre, baroque guitar Feb23
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Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) ‘Laberintos Ingenios...

Not so well known to the average classical music lover but a momentous figure to classical guitarists and aficionados of guitar music is the Aragonese composer Gaspar Sanz (c.1640-c.1710) (Aragon is an autonomous district within Spain). This recent release on the Cantus label titled...

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Music of Allan Gordon Bell – Gravity & ...

Gravity and Grace from the CentreDiscs label is the first album devoted entirely to the chamber music of Canadian composer Allan Gordon Bell. I have wanted to recommend this extraordinary disc for several months now, but sometimes, reviewing contemporary music comes with a unique set of...

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Godowsky: Twelve Impressions/ Nazrin Rashidova, vi...

Aside from a few largely unavailable Heifetz recordings of a couple pieces here, the music for violin and piano by Leopold Godowsky on this Naxos recording is not to be found elsewhere on disc. Godowsky’s Twelve Impressions of 1916 is the most substantial work on the program, framed by...

Manuel Blasco De Nebra – Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 / Pedro Piquero Feb17
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Manuel Blasco De Nebra – Complete Piano Work...

Very little is known about the 18th century Spanish composer and organist Manuel Blasco de Nebra. During his lifetime, he was renowned for his dramatic performances on the organ, fortepiano and harpsichord, and as a composer, he was highly prolific. Blasco de Nebra is known to have completed...

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Jean Francaix: Music for Piano / Corinna Simon: pi...

Coming from Delta Classics’ Piano Rarities line, German pianist Corinna Simon has recorded this much needed program of piano music by French composer Jean Françaix. Françaix (1912-1997) wrote in many different genres, and piano music is one of his most important; it is in surprisingly...

Heinrich Hofmann: Eine Schauspiels Ouverture, Op. 28; Ungarishe Suite, Op. 16; Symphony E flat Major “Frithjof” Feb13
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Heinrich Hofmann: Eine Schauspiels Ouverture, Op. ...

This Sterling World Premiere recording of orchestral music by Heinrich Hofmann was released some time ago, but had been unavailable for a period of time while Sterling Records had no U.S. distributor. Thankfully, the label is back in circulation, and this CD is being recommended here on E.A....