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      June 30, 2016

      Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 1 in D-flat major, Op 10 (16:47)

      Anna Shelest, piano; Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra / Niels Muus

      Pianist Anna Shelest was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. A multi-award winning artist, she won her first competition when she was only eleven. She has since gone on to win many more. Recorded in the Czech Republic in 2014, this release features Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2. These works were written early in his career, and feature the virtuosic and wildly dissonant style which caused his first leap into fame.

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      June 29, 2016

      Mozart: Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216 (20:21)

      Henning Kraggerud, violin; Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

      Mozart wrote his Violin Concertos in 1775 while still living in Salzburg. He had already toured internationally and found his home town restricting. But, as ever, Mozart rose above circumstances to create sublime and thrillingly unconventional masterpieces filled with wit and elegant charm. Violinist Henning Kraggerud leads the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and plays his own cadenzas.

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      June 28, 2016

      Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 1 in C minor, Op 8 (13:10)

      Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, violin; Mats Lidström, cello

      As a young man in Moscow in the early 1960s, Vladimir Ashkenazy was invited by Shostakovich to play a private performance of the Piano Trio No 2 in the composer’s apartment. Ashkenazy’s friendship with the composer and his lifelong advocacy of his music as a pianist and conductor lends the performances on this album a definitive authority.

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      June 27, 2016

      Dowland: My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe (1:47); Come Again (5:56)
      Byrd: Woods So Wild (4:33)


      One of the trends that came about in the 1960s was the British Folk Rock Movement. The musicians of this movement were often proficient performers of “early music” as well. Ayreheart aims to blend together the “art” and “folk” traditions seamlessly. Brian Kay is heralded as a modern-day troubadour and performs vocals, lute, and komuz. Lutenist and composer Ronn McFarlane is also part of this recording. He aims to take the most popular Renaissance instrument- the lute- and make it part of today’s musical mainstream.

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      June 26, 2016

      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1 in G minor, Op 13, Winter Dreams (41:04)

      Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko

      The eagerly awaited Tchaikovsky Symphony cycle from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko gets underway with Symphonies 1, 2 & 5. In 2015, the Tchaikovsky Album with Petrenko and the RLPO, released to coincide with the orchestra’s 175th anniversary, became one of the best-selling classical CDs in the United Kingdom and met with high praise from reviewers.

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      June 24, 2016

      Chopin: Piano Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 35 (22:49)

      Martha Argerich, piano

      This 5 CD set brings together Martha Argerich’s complete studio, live and radio recordings of Chopin on Deutsche Grammophon, and documents her special, intuitive and passionate relationship with the composer’s music. Issued for her 75th birthday celebration, this retrospective offers a comprehensive view on the composer who has always been at the very heart of Argerich’s repertoire.

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      June 23, 2016

      Adler: Drifting on Winds and Currents (8:47)

      Royal Scottish National Orchestra / José Serebrier

      For those unfamiliar with Samuel Adler’s music, this album is a great entrance point with three works by the influential American composer, including the world premiere recording of his Sixth Symphony. These works are benchmarks of contemporary American music, monumental in scale and embracing a wide expressive range with ease and visceral power.

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      June 22, 2016

      Boccherini: Minuet (3:44)
      Bach: ‘Little’ Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (3:36)
      Wagner: Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries (5:35)

      Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / José Serebrier

      One of the 20th century’s great conductors, Leopold Stokowski was also a prolific transcriber of music for orchestra, creating a unique repertoire by bringing masterpieces to the concert hall that were often unfamiliar to audiences of the time. José Serebrier was Stokowski’s associate conductor in New York. Drawing on memories of his special quality of orchestral sound, Serebrier has revived and revised the best of these sumptuous arrangements.

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      June 21, 2016

      Schubert: Der Fischer (2:52); An die Musik (2:09); Du bist die Ruh (3:49)

      Florian Boesch, baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano

      Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau have recorded the three great Schubert song cycles for Onyx. They have earned a formidable reputation as a partnership that delivers, in recital and in the studio, some of the most thought-provoking and challenging interpretations of Schubert Lieder of our time. Their latest release is a recital of favorite songs.


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      June 20, 2016

      Bach: Organ Trio Sonata No 1 in E-flat major, BWV 525 (12:53)

      Cameron Carpenter, organ

      Bach’s organ music has been central to Cameron Carpenter’s multi-faceted repertoire. For his first all-Bach release, Carpenter has created a program that reveals the scope of Bach’s genius. Carpenter plays his signature International Touring Organ, an instrument which uses computer technology to digitally reproduce the sounds of many diverse American pipe organs without any of their mechanisms.

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