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      July 31, 2016

      Vierne: Piano Quintet, Op 42 (34:39)

      Muza Rubackyte, piano; Terpsycordes Quartet

      A pupil of Franck and Widor, Louis Vierne was an influential organist, holding posts in such venues as Notre-Dame in Paris, where he was widely celebrated. Vierne’s works are characterized by complicated counterpoint, dense harmonies, and an exalted atmosphere. His Piano Quintet, featured on this disc, was written after the death of Vierne’s child and displays an overwhelming emotional intensity. Spleens et detresses is a song cycle based on poems by Verlaine.

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      July 30, 2016

      Hand: Four Sephardic Songs (11:56)

      Frederic Hand, guitar

      Frederic Hand has been influencing generations of guitarists throughout his impressive career. A longtime Metropolitan Opera guitarist and lutenist, he also enjoys a flourishing and award winning composing career. This album of Hand’s compositions hearkens to the tradition of the performer/composer. His compositions draw from a variety of inspirations, including Irish music, jazz, early music, and new age.

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      July 29, 2016

      Copland: Four Piano Blues: No 3 (Dedicated to William Kapell) (3:40)
      Gershwin, arr. Wild: Seven Virtuoso Etudes: Embraceable You (3:00)
      Rodgers, arr. Hough: Carousel: Carousel Waltz (6:26)

      Ian Gindes, piano

      Pianist Ian Gindes was born and raised in California. He studied at the University of Northern Colorado and University of Illinois. His new album, “American Visions,” celebrates American classical composers from the 20th century to today, with music by Copland, Gershwin, Rodgers, Sousa and Kris Becker.

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      July 28, 2016

      Beethoven: Missa solemnis: Kyrie & Gloria (27:44)

      Soloists; Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Vienna Concentus Musicus / Nikolaus Harnoncourt

      The performances of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at the Styriarte festival in Graz and at the Salzburg Festival in summer 2015 were the last concerts of Nikolaus Harnoncourt – the same year he retired from the stage. It was his express wish that this recording, produced during rehearsals and the concerts in Graz should be his last release. Harnoncourt died on March 5, 2016, at the age of 86.

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      July 27, 2016

      Brahms: Piano Trio No 2 in C major, Op 87 (28:21)

      Vienna Piano Trio

      Since it was founded in 1988, the Vienna Piano Trio has become one of the leading international ensembles of its type. The trio has stood for connecting tradition and the modern era as well as forging a link between the Old and New Worlds. This tradition is being continued and deepened by American violinist David McCarroll, who has been a member since 2015. The ensemble is launching a cycle of the complete piano trios by Brahms.

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      July 26, 2016

      Verdi: Aida: Celeste Aida (4:25)
      Wagner: Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (2:53)
      Alonso: La Parranda: Canto a Murcia (3:41)

      This 3-CD collection salutes the glorious and unparalleled career of Plácido Domingo. A career that since 1959 has embraced some 150 operatic roles and spans the the Italian, French, German and Spanish repertoires. This compilation draws on recitals and complete operas recorded over more than three decades. It captures the full range and richness of Domingo’s art.

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      July 25, 2016

      Bach: Partita No 5 in G major, BWV 829 (17:59)

      Sergey Schepkin, piano

      Bach’s six Partitas were the first of his works to be published under his direction. They were among the last of his keyboard suites to be composed and are by far the most technically demanding. A Russian-born American pianist, Sergey Schepkin is based in Massachusetts and is a leading authority on the interpretation of Bach’s work. This release is Schepkin’s second recording with Steinway & Sons.

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      July 24, 2016

      Mozart: Flute Quartet in D major, K 285: II, Adagio (3:55); Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622: III, Rondo (8:36)

      Richard Galliano, accordion; Bertrand Cervera & Stéphane Hénoch, violins; Jean-Paul Minali-Bella, viola; Raphaël Perraud, cello; Sylvain Le Provost, double bass

      Accordionist Richard Galliano again forges new paths in classical music with this album of well-known Mozart pieces. The third album of classical repertoire from the legendary jazz accordionist follows his successful albums of Bach and Vivaldi. Here he enlists the help of a talented quintet of string players to perform transcriptions of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, the Clarinet Concerto and more.

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      July 23, 2016

      Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, Op 56, Voces Intimae (31:21)

      Leipzig String Quartet

      Jean Sibelius achieved fame first and foremost for his orchestral music, but at the beginning of his career, he primarily wrote chamber music. The String Quartet in A minor from 1889 dates from this early period. Two decades later, he completed the Quartet in D minor, Op 56. A spare and brooding work, the subtitle, “Intimate Voices,” suggests the inward quality of the music.

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      July 22, 2016

      Marenzio: Jubilate Deo (3:16)
      Bertolusi: Ave verum corpus (5:23)
      Pacelli: Christus resurgens (5:52)

      The Sixteen / Eamonn Dougan

      The fourth volume in this highly acclaimed series explores the music of Italian composers working in the Polish court during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa. In 1594, Sigismund III set about reorganising his music ensemble and he decided to bring in Italian musicians, many associated with the chapels of Rome. Among them were Luca Marenzio, Asprilio Pacelli, and Vincenzo Bertolusi. Their arrival heralded a new dawn for sacred music in Poland.

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