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      December 29, 2013

      Verdi: Otello: Una vela!…Esultate! (6:54)

      Aleksandrs Antonenko, tenor; Soloists; Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Riccardo Muti

      Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, CSO Resound releases its second recording with Riccardo Muti featuring Verdi’s second-to-last opera, Otello. Recorded live in concert at Symphony Center in 2011, this album will stand for years to come as a unique benchmark in Verdi performance and interpretation by one of today’s finest conductors.

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      Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 9 in A major, Op 47, Kreutzer: III, Finale (8:51)

      Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Enrico Pace, piano

      Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos makes his Decca debut with his first complete recording of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas. Presented in partnership with the Italian pianist Enrico Pace, this new set is being released after the duo’s acclaimed performances of the complete cycle at the Salzburg Festival in August 2012.

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      Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19: III, Moderato (8:32)

      James Ehnes, violin; BBC Philharmonic / Gianandrea Noseda

      This two-CD set offers all the works that Prokofiev wrote for the violin as solo instrument. One of the most sought-after and acclaimed violinists today, James Ehnes is accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and by the pianist Andrew Armstrong, with whom he has previously made a number of highly acclaimed Chandos recordings. The distinguished Amy Schwartz Moretti joins him in the Sonata for Two Violins.

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      Liszt: Transcendental Etudes: XI, Harmonies du soir (7:50)

      Vadym Kholodenko, piano

      Winner of the gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that brought the crowd to their feet. Kholodenko will perform in over 50 engagements in 2013–14 as part of his debut season as gold medalist. Also part of his prize package is this live CD of his competition performances, followed by a studio recording.

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      Fauré: Piano Quartet No 2 in G minor, Op 45: IV, Finale (8:59)

      Wu Han, piano; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello

      Music@Menlo’s 10th-anniversary season, Resonance, explored the many ways in which music resonates within the listener. Music has an immense capacity to nurture the mind, transport listeners to new places, and, ultimately, delight the ears and stir the hearts of all people. Each disc of the 2012 edition of Music@Menlo Live captures the essence of Resonance and the festival’s milestone season.

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      Bellini: Norma: Casta Diva (6:31)

      Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano; International Chamber Vocalists; Orchestra La Scintilla / Giovanni Antonini

      Cecilia Bartoli leads a fabulous cast in Decca’s groundbreaking new recording, which presents Bellini’s Norma in a form that is complete with the mix of vocal and instrumental colors Bellini intended for his ‘tragic opera.’ Sumi Jo, John Osborn and Michele Pertusi respectively illuminate the roles of Adalgisa, Pollione and Oroveso. The sounds of period instruments from the composer’s time underpin and blend with a cast carefully chosen to recreate the individual vocal qualities of the opera’s roles.

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      Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B-flat major, Op 60: I, Adagio–Allegro vivace (11:19)

      Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Joshua Bell

      Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell has been named Music Director of the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Bell conducts mostly from the concertmaster’s chair and in this way led the orchestra for their first recording of this all–Beethoven repertoire. He is the first American and first person to hold the title of Music Director since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

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      Adams: Fellow Traveler (5:11)

      Attacca Quartet

      For its debut album, this young ensemble pays homage to one of America’s greatest living composers, playing John Adams’ complete repertoire for string quartet. In addition to the famously demanding String Quartet and John’s Book of Alleged Dances, the Attacca Quartet also presents the first recording of Fellow Traveler, a tribute to Adams’ long-time collaborator Peter Sellars.

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      Rossini: La Cenerentola: Nacqui all’affanno (7:48)

      Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Lyon National Opera Chorus & Orchestra / Kazushi Ono

      ‘ReJoyce! The Best of Joyce DiDonato’ is the result of an unprecedented crowdsourcing campaign with the popular singer’s vast and passionate social media followers, in which they helped to determine the album title, tracklisting, elements of the liner notes and even the album cover itself, which features a photograph taken by a fan. The double album – including 6 previously unreleased songs – celebrates DiDonato’s 10-year recording career, including five recital albums, five complete operas and two concert recordings.

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      Janáček: On an Overgrown Path: Excerpts (7:45)

      Cathy Krier, piano

      The gifted pianist Cathy Krier, born in Luxembourg in 1985, presents an intensely compelling and beautifully played Janáček recital, featuring all of the Czech composer’s piano works, with the exception of the Etudes and folk song adaptations, on 2 CDs. The set includes On an Overgrown Path, Moravian dances and folksongs, Variations for Zdenka, In the Mists, and the Piano Sonata, among other works.

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