Jean-Michel Damase: Symphonie; Piano Concerto No. 2; Concertino; Flute Concerto Feb01
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Jean-Michel Damase: Symphonie; Piano Concerto No. ...

The Dutton record label initially built its reputation issuing audiophile-quality transfers from 78-rpm shellac discs recorded between 1920 and 1970. While the label has continued this avenue of activity, it also issues world-premiere recordings of little-known but deserving works by...

Swiss Aspects: Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-1970 / Douglas Bostock Nov10
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Swiss Aspects: Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-...

This recent release from Coviello Classics titled Swiss Aspects presents live recordings from concerts marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Argovia Philharmonic. Its subtitle reads Orchestral Music from Argovia 1945-1970. This sent me to Google maps where I discovered Argovia is one of the...

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...

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...

Kara Karayev: The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thunder (Ballet Suites) / Royal PO, Yablonsky Apr06
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Kara Karayev: The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thun...

With the release of this second CD from Naxos of music for orchestra by Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev, the current catalog has on offer three full programs of music by this fine composer. The previous Naxos release was of Karayev’s Symphony No. 3 and two tone poems; this new release...

Norwegian Music for String Orchestra – music of Grieg, Kvandal, Nystedt, Gruner-Hegge / Ensemble Allegria Jan21
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Norwegian Music for String Orchestra – music...

This album of Norwegian music for string orchestra from Lawo Classics was released in the fall of 2013. I put off listening to it for several months, mostly because the opening piece on the program, Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op. 40, is a work not really aligned to the...