Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All / The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater Jun18
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Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All / The Manhatt...

Virgil Thomson was a great force behind American music in the 20th Century. Not only was he a great composer, but an outspoken and intelligent voice for music. The Mother of Us All was the second opera he composed. The first, Four Saints in Three Acts, used an all Afro-American cast. The...

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Igor Raykhelson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 – ...

The two concertos dating from 2007 and 2010 on this Toccata Classics CD sound, for the most part, as though they could have been written over a century ago. The music is by the Russian born American classical and jazz pianist and composer Igor Raykhelson. It is the third release of the...

Russian Gems: Piano Rarities – Sandro Russo, piano Jun12
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Russian Gems: Piano Rarities – Sandro Russo,...

The sparkling opening bars of “Russian Gems” define the program of this Musical Concepts CD, one that is superbly performed by Sicilian pianist Sandro Russo. The concept behind this project is to “showcase the Romantic tradition in Russian music” (Russo), and features...

Biber: Vespro della beata Vergine; Kerll: Missa in Fletu Solatium / Cantus Cölln Jun02
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Biber: Vespro della beata Vergine; Kerll: Missa in...

The sacred works on this disc were composed by two powerhouses of the Baroque. The well-known Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) left a seemingly never ending trail of wonderful works, but Johann Kaspar Kerll, who also wrote a great number of outstanding pieces, is...

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Time Stands Still: Elizabethan and Jacobean Songs ...

I always get excited when I get to hear an album of artists I am not familiar with, which turns out to be wonderful. Simon Ponsford, a young and upcoming countertenor and his father David, an award winning keyboardist and musicologist have recorded a disc of Elizabethan and Jacobean songs and...

Alexandre Tansman Piano Music / Eliane Reyes, piano May04
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Alexandre Tansman Piano Music / Eliane Reyes, pian...

This release marks the fifth CD issued by Naxos dedicated entirely to the music of Alexandre Tansman and is the second of the composer’s piano music. Belgian pianist and contemporary music specialist Eliane Reyes performs both piano programs by this composer who, during his lifetime, was...

Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Cello Concertos May01
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Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Cello Concertos

Baroque cellist Stefano Veggetti performs with members of the early music band Ensemble Cordia on this Brilliant Classics release of cello concertos by Giovanni Benedetto Platti (c.1697-1763). In all, there are five concertos on this recording made in 2011; three of them are appearing on CD...

Luis de los Cobos: The Symphonic Works Apr25
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Luis de los Cobos: The Symphonic Works

The cover of this Verso CD reads: Luis de los Cobos, complete orchestral works. Normally, you would expect a CD labeled this way to include a composer’s works for solo instruments with orchestra and perhaps even scores for chamber orchestra, but de los Cobos’ compositions in these...

Viaggio Musicale – Italian Music of the 17th Century Apr20
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Viaggio Musicale – Italian Music of the 17th...

Containing some two dozen tracks of pieces by largely lesser known composers from the early Baroque, this release on Teldec’s Das Alte Werk imprint is fittingly titled Viaggio Musicale (Musical Journey). It’s performed by one of Italy’s pioneering early music ensembles, Il...

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George Enescu: Complete Works for Cello and Piano ...

Cellist Valentin Radutiu and pianist Per Rundberg perform on this two CD set from Hänssler Classic of the complete works for cello and piano by George Enescu. Called by Pablo Casals, “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart”, violinist, pianist, conductor, teacher and...

Paul Graener: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Werner Andreas Albert Apr11
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Paul Graener: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Werner An...

Conductor Werner Andreas Albert conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover in what appear to be the world premiere recordings of three gripping orchestral works by German composer Paul Graener (1872-1944). This release comes from cpo, a label with a penchant for bringing to light fascinating...

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Philip Spratley (b.1942): Orchestral Music, Vol. 2...

Despite the fact that an illustration of a piano keyboard is their logo, and the term “toccata” is most often associated with music for keyboard, Toccata Classics is not just a “piano label”. In addition to the many revelatory premiere recordings of keyboard music the...