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      January 22, 2012

      Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain (13:18)

      For their second disc on Onyx, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits present three works: Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony, the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and the original version of “Night on the Bare Mountain.”

       
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      Borodin: Prince Igor: Ni sna, ni otdyha (7:52)
      Szymanowski: King Roger: Final scene, Hymn to Apollo (3:56)

      For his first solo recital, Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecień uses his powerful voice to great effect in Polish, Russian and Czech arias – a collection of operatic gems, familiar and rare.

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      January 15, 2012

      Stenhammar: Piano Concerto #2 in D minor, Op 23 (25:52)

      A virtuoso pianist and renowned conductor in his day, Wilhelm Stenhammar achieved early success with his wide-ranging and Brahmsian Piano Concerto #1. After many years of mixed fortunes as a composer, he found his personal voice in the remarkable Piano Concerto #2.

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      Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in F major, R 490 (11:19)

      This is the second volume of Bassoon concertos to be released by Naïve as part of the ongoing “Vivaldi Edition”. As with the first, the recording features the outstanding combination of Sergio Azzolini, an acknowledged expert in baroque performance, and the critically acclaimed period instrument group L’Aura Soave.

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      Dowland: Come again: sweet love doth now invite (2:42)
      Pergolesi: Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater (3:56) (with Andreas Scholl, countertenor)
      Bach: Wedding Cantata, BWV 202: Sich üben im Lieben (4:38)

      On her third solo album, Danielle de Niese explores the Baroque era with arias from the English, German, and Italian traditions, accompanied by The English Concert under Harry Bicket. Favorite arias by Handel and Bach are contrasted with solo songs by Purcell and Dowland and Italian sacred works.

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      Godowsky: 22 Studies on Chopin’s Etudes, for the left hand alone: Study #5 in D-flat major (5:01); Study #2 in D-flat major (3:14); Study #22 in C-sharp minor (3:20); Study #12a in G-flat major (2:48)

      American pianist Ivan Ilić has recorded his second CD for the French label Paraty. He is the latest pianist to rise to the formidable challenge of Godowsky’s 22 Chopin Studies, considered among the most difficult pieces ever written for the instrument.

      Read Ivan Ilić’s recent article in The Washington Times about pianist Paul Wittgenstein:

      http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/ivan-ilic-notes/2011/dec/4/poise-and-perseverance-story-one-armed-pianist/

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      Fairouz: Litany (4:36)
      Jonathan Engle, flute; Claire Cutting, oboe; Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Thomas Fleming, bassoon; James Orleans, double bass

      Fairouz: Airs (11:46)
      Maarten Stragier, guitar

      In his first release with Sono Luminus, young New York composer Mohammed Fairouz brings together a wide-ranging collection of music in “Critical Models.” The recording showcases the versatility that makes him one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation.

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      Bruckner: Symphony #4 in E-flat major, Romantic: Finale (22:17)

      Bernard Haitink is internationally renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner’s symphonies. The Fourth, nicknamed the “Romantic,”  was treated to many revisions by the composer. This recording features Haitink leading the London Symphony Orchestra in the second version of the 1877 Nowak edition.

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      January 8, 2012

      Schumann: String Quartet #2 in F major, Op 41, #2 (20:56)

      The three string quartets, Op 41, make up Schumann’s only published contribution to the genre. They were completed during a period of intense creative activity in 1842. In February, Schumann noted that he was having ‘continual quartet thoughts’. In April and May, he devoted himself to studying the quartets by Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart; in early June, the first two quartets were completed, and the third followed later that same year.

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      Debussy: Fantaisie for Piano & Orchestra (24:21)

      An important marker in Debussy’s compositional development, the Fantaisie reflects the influence of César Franck’s Symphonic Variations yet embodies his own new aesthetic. Unpublished in Debussy’s lifetime, it is heard here in its 1968 revision.

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