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Stephen Paulus (1949-2014): Concerto & Orches...

For those listeners not familiar with the work of the American composer Stephen Paulus, this recent release from Naxos serves as an excellent introduction, offering superb performances of Paulus’s orchestral music from Giancarlo Guerrero and his Nashville Symphony. Paulus was born in Summit,...

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Xavier Montsalvatge: Works for Orchestra / Marta M...

A quick query shows that the music of Xavier Montsalvatge is best represented on the Naxos label. Recordings prior to this release include some of the Catalan composer’s piano music and chamber works. Performed by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Victor Pablo...

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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...

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Christopher Gunning: Symphony No. 5; String Quarte...

There’s some wonderful music here! British composer Christopher Gunning, best known for his award-winning film and television scores, has produced a substantial body of music for the concert hall, which includes seven numbered symphonies. This new CD from the Discovery label contains the...

Marcel Tyberg: Symphony No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 2 / Fabio Bidini, piano; JoAnn Falletta Oct08
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Marcel Tyberg: Symphony No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 2 ...

This is the second CD from Naxos devoted entirely to the music of Marcel Tyberg (1893-1944). In fact, aside from these two Naxos CDs, I haven’t found evidence that any others have ever been issued. The earlier release offered Tyberg’s Third Symphony and the Piano Trio in F major...

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Jan Van Der Roost: Sirius; Sinfonia per Orchestra;...

Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost was born in 1956 and currently teaches counterpoint and fugue at the Lemmensinstituut, the Belgian conservatory in Leuven. From Navona Records comes this program of three of Mr. Van der Roost’s orchestral pieces: Sirius (2003), a brilliant thirteen...