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      October 28, 2012

       Delius: Sea Drift (24:52)

      Leon Williams, baritone; Master Chorale of Tampa Bay; Florida Orchestra / Stefan Sanderling

      “Appalachia” (a native American word for North America) is a set of variations based on a slave song, which Delius heard when teaching in Virginia. In “Sea Drift,” Delius absorbed another American influence in the mysticism of Walt Whitman. The symphonic poem is a song of love and death in which the baritone soloist is both a participant in the drama and offers a commentary upon it.

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      Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre (11:42)

      Trio Settecento

      Rachel Barton Pine regularly performs and records with John Mark Rozendaal and David Schrader as the period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento. “An English Fancy” is the fourth in a series of albums illustrating the character and complexity of Baroque music as it developed in various regions of Europe.

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      Vivaldi, arr Richter: The Four Seasons: Spring (9:41)

      Daniel Hope, violin; Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra / André de Ridder

      Composer Max Richter re-imagines Vivaldi’s set of violin concertos. Released as part of the “Recomposed” series – specially-commissioned albums revisiting classical works for contemporary listeners – Richter’s “Four Seasons” preserves the elegant beauty of the originals but subtly modifies them with unexpected cadences and delicate electronic touches.

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      Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op 73 (10:19)

      Sol Gabetta, cello; Hélène Grimaud, piano

      Sol Gabetta and Hélène Grimaud first played together last summer at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, and they knew immediately that they wanted to continue making music together. This is the first time that either artist has embarked on a dedicated duo recording project. Their program includes works by Schumann, Brahms, Debussy and Shostakovich.

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      Donizetti: La Favorite: L’ai-je bien entendu?…Ô mon Fernand! (8:25)

      Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano; Bologna Teatro Comunale Philharmonic / Yves Abel

      Elīna Garanča releases her sixth solo album, a collection of heroines (and one hero!) from the Romantic repertory. The Latvian mezzo-soprano possesses a formidable technique encompassing music from Mozart and bel canto to dramatic roles and contemporary works.

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      Ticheli: Symphony #2 (22:20)

      Dallas Wind Symphony / Jerry Junkin

      Frank Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. The five pieces presented here range from light to dark, to joyous jazz celebration. The final composition, “Playing with Fire,” combines the Dallas Wind Symphony with the 7-piece Jim Cullum Jazz Band.

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      Clément Doucet: Chopinata (3:28)
      Jean Wiéner: Blues chanté (2:44) with Natalie Dessay
      Al Lewis/Howard Simon: Gonna Get a Girl (2:30) with Bénabar
      Giuseppe Milano: Covanquinho (2:23) with Frank Braley
      Paul Segnitz: Poppy Cock (1:35)

      Alexandre Tharaud, piano

      French pianist Alexandre Tharaud has invited a diverse group of musical friends to join him in celebrating Le Bœuf sur le Toit, the legendary Paris cabaret that became a cultural hotspot in the 1920s. Tharaud presents more than 20 items by a kaleidoscope of musical talent from both the classical and popular worlds.

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      October 21, 2012

      Bartók: Dance Suite (15:53)
      Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti

      Kodály: Háry János: Suite, Op 35a (21:36)
      London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti

      Sir Georg Solti was an exclusive Decca artist for 50 years. In 1947, he signed his first contract with the label as a pianist and that same year he made his first recording as a conductor. A musician with extraordinarily wide musical interests and sympathies, Solti was without doubt one of the most important conductors of the second half of the twentieth century. His 100th birthday in 2012 is being celebrated on Decca with a full range of releases.

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      Dvořák: Rusalka: O silver moon (5:56)
      London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti
      Gounod: Roméo et Juliette: Ah! je veux vivre (3:41)
      London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras
      Cohen: Hallelujah (3:05)

      Renée Fleming, soprano

      “The Art of Renée Fleming” brings together 18 tracks spanning the singer’s finest Decca recordings, including favorite arias by Puccini, Handel and Gershwin and duets with Bryn Terfel and Placido Domingo. Four bonus tracks reflect Fleming’s prominence beyond classical repertoire with two Broadway classics, Amazing Grace and a new version of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah.

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      Bach: Solo Violin Partita #3 in E major, BWV 1006 (21:16)

      Jennifer Koh, violin

      Jennifer Koh created this program out of her love for the Six Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, definitive works for solo violin. When exploring later solo works, Ms. Koh found compositions that were directly connected to the Sonatas and Partitas. This album, the result of the concert presentation, presents the music of Bach and the later works.

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