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      October 25, 2015

      Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music (27:57)

      Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Jean Martinon

      “Jean Martinon: The Complete CSO Recordings” is a 10-disc set consisting of all nine recordings that Martinon, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1968, made for RCA Red Seal (now part of Sony Masterworks). For the first time, this set collects all of these RCA albums, with some recordings newly remastered from the original source tapes, and all coming from the best possible sound source.

      The discs are presented with the original LP facsimile artwork, and a comprehensive booklet offers vintage photographs, a complete discography, and a new essay. CSO patrons may order the set from the CSO’s online store, symphonystore.com.

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      Puccini: Donna non vidi mai from Manon Lescaut (2:28); Nessun dorma from Turandot (3:07)

      Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra / Antonio Pappano

      Described by The Daily Telegraph as “the world’s greatest tenor”, Jonas Kaufmann dedicates his new album to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. It features the most loved aria of all time, ‘Nessun Dorma’, alongside stunning pieces from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca, and more. Together with Jonas Kaufmann, this album includes celebrated Royal Opera House conductor Antonio Pappano and his renowned orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

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      Mozetich: The Passion of Angels (20:56)

      Nora Bumanis & Julia Shaw, harps; CBC Vancouver Orchestra / Mario Bernardi

      This CD was originally released in 2000 by CBC Records. Having been out of stock for years, this much sought-after album was re-pressed by Centerdiscs in partnership with CBC Music. Marjan Mozetich’s music has found favor with outstanding artists, critics, and audiences around the world. “His music generates the kind of joyousness you feel when you hear the young Mozart.” (Toronto Star) Mozetich’s aim is to write music that expresses beauty, sensuousness, and emotion — things that give him and his audiences pleasure.

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      Chopin: Cello Sonata, Op. 65 (24:48)

      Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano

      Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan, longtime recital partners who “play with a dazzling technique and a level of communication and expression so clear that they can practically finish each other’s phrases” (Boston Classical Review), have released their first album together on Decca.  The duo chose for this first recording the Chopin and Rachmaninov cello sonatas, monumental works for both instruments that they have been exploring together in concert for years. The two sonatas are also accompanied by shorter works by each composer – Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14, and Chopin’s Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7, as well as his Introduction et Polonaise brillante for piano and cello in C major, Op. 3.

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      Silvestrov: Alleluia (8:29)

      Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards Klava

      Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov has made a significant contribution to contemporary vocal music. Inspired by his love for the music of the Russian Orthodox Church, Silvestrov imbues the sacred choral works on this release with his unique sound and bursts of surprising harmonic shifts. Performed by the Latvian Radio Choir under the direction of Sigvards Kļava, Gramophone described their previous disc of Pēteris Vasks’ Plainscapes (ODE 1194-2) as “…almost too harrowingly beautiful to listen to…performed with consummate perfection by this outstanding body of singers.”

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      Reich: Finishing the Hat (3:20)

      Marsalis: That Old Piano Roll (4:36)

      Heggie: I’m Excited. No You’re Not. (5:12)

      Hersch: No One Is Alone (4:04)

      Anthony de Mare, piano

      Pianist Anthony de Mare invited composers from a broad variety of genres, from Sondheim’s own world of musical theater to jazz, classical, pop, film, and beyond, to re-imagine a Sondheim song of their choice as a solo piano piece.  Contributing re-composers included Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Fred Hersch, Ethan Iverson, William Bolcom, Duncan Sheik, Nico Muhly, Eve Beglarian, Gabriel Kahane, Thomas Newman, Jake Heggie, and more – in total, 36 composers, ranging in age from 30 to 75, and representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy, and Emmy Awards.  Each of the composers is having a conversation with Mr. Sondheim, Anthony de Mare told the New York Times — with his material but also with his influence, his musical wit, and his craft.

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      October 18, 2015

      Ravel: Shéhérazade (16:50)

      Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Saito Kinen Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa

      Magic, mystery, and mischief pervade Seiji Ozawa’s new Decca recording, an enthralling album of works by Maurice Ravel inspired by exotic visions of the East and a fairy-tale world populated by talking armchairs, singing cats, and dancing teacups.

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      Mozart: Piano Sonata #12 in F, K. 332 (25:38)

      Jeffrey Biegel, piano

      The long awaited second installment of the Mozart Complete Piano Sonatas, with Jeffrey Biegel at the keyboard, is now available, complete with flashes of surprise and wit in the music’s twists and turns. In this set of sonatas performed by the American pianist, the later, more mature style of Mozart shines through. Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2, is a 3-disc set.

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      Bach: Cello Suite #6 in D, BWV 1012: Prelude; Gavotte I & II; Gigue (12:40)

      Matt Haimovitz, cello

      Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been closely associated with the Bach suites since the year 2000, when the former child prodigy performed the complete cycle in folk clubs and rock venues. That same year, he released a 3-CD set of the Suites that launched the newborn Oxingale Records.

      Now, 15 years later, Haimovitz returns to The Cello Suites with a new interpretation, intimately informed by Anna Magdalena’s manuscript and the tools of the time.

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      Tallis: Out from the deep (2:05); O Lord, open thou our lips (1:02); Venite (3:13)

      The Cardinall’s Musick / Andrew Carwood

      The Cardinall’s Musick has returned to the studio—or, more accurately, to the Perpendicular Gothic marvel that is the Fitzalan Chapel of Arundel Castle—to record more of the Tudor masterpieces of Thomas Tallis. The program includes three beautiful Latin Responsories, the early Votive Antiphon Ave, Dei patris filia, and the Morning Canticles of the ‘Dorian’ Service.

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