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      January 31, 2017

      Schubert: Der Sänger (6:24)

      Nicholas Phan, tenor; Myra Huang, piano

      Fulfilling a life-long fascination with myths and legends, tenor Nicholas Phan pairs with pianist Myra Huang for “Gods & Monsters.” They explore great Austrian and German Romantic composers’ meditations on the title subjects and their fellow fantastical creatures such as witches, knights and kings.

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      January 30, 2017

      Telemann: Flute Concerto in G major (10:00)

      Hanspeter Oggier, pan flute; Ensemble Fratres

      In the Baroque period, composers often freely arranged their own works for a different instrument. On this new recording, we encounter a collection of Telemann flute concertos transcribed for the pan flute. The instrument in its current form originates from 17th century Romania, mostly used as a folk instrument. The Swiss-born Hanspeter Oggier has built a career with particular emphasis on successful collaborations with Baroque bands such as Ensemble Fratres.

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      January 29, 2017

      Mozart: Excerpts from Requiem in D minor, K 626 (14:11)

      Soloists; Saint Cecilia Choir & Orchestra / Rev. Scott A. Haynes

      Chicago’s Saint John Cantius Church is known for its solemn liturgies and a rich program of sacred art and music. Sunday Masses regularly feature the church’s several choirs, with music ranging from Gregorian chant to modern choral works. This recording is devoted to Mozart’s last great sacred piece, the unfinished Requiem Mass in D minor.

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      January 28, 2017

      Bach: Partita No 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 (18:42)

      Charles Owen, piano

      “I have only once in my life listened to all six Partitas played on a single evening, [and] the sense of a journey, of being on a pilgrimage, was extraordinary.” So says pianist Charles Owen regarding this set of compositions by J.S. Bach that are among the greatest literature for the keyboard.

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      January 27, 2017

      Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C major, K 314: First movement (7:19)
      François Leleux, oboe; Camerata Salzburg

      Missy Mazzoli: Impromptu (Thomas’s Piece) (2:30)
      Joshua Bell, violin; Kaprálová Orchestra

      The award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle, based on a memoir by oboist Blair Tindall, shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. The soundtrack for Mozart in the Jungle, Season 3 features both standard classical repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven as well as music written especially for the series by contemporary composers Nico Muhly and Missy Mazzoli.

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      January 26, 2017

      Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in F major, R 410 (10:45)

      Guy Fishman, cello; Handel & Haydn Society

      Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, presents a brilliant and energized period-instrument performance of seven seminal concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Fishman is in demand as an early music specialist in the United States and Europe. He plays a rare instrument made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.

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      January 25, 2017

      Howard Shore: Peace (3:51); The Garden (4:18); Catania (2:51)

      Essential Voices USA Youth Workshop / Judith Clurman
      21st Century Chamber Choir / Ludwig Wicki
      Lang Lang, piano

      Howard Shore has won three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. His music has been an increasing presence in concert halls across the globe, with his symphonic scores for The Lord of the Rings receiving over 400 performances by orchestras around the world. This new album features selected concert works, including the titular song cycle with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano.

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      January 24, 2017

      Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, Op 56, Voces intimae ( 31:38)

      Ehnes Quartet

      Death, and the fear of death, is the theme of both works on this disc. In 1824, Schubert knew his rapidly declining health would lead to his premature death. 85 years later, Sibelius underwent thirteen operations for a tumor in his throat. His String Quartet, Voces intimae, is a masterpiece from this troubled period. Both are played by the Ehnes Quartet, comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians.

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      January 23, 2017

      Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2 in F major, Op 102 (19:59)

      Boris Giltburg, piano; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko

      Shostakovich’s two piano concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First is a masterful example of eclecticism, its virtuoso writing enhanced by solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No 8 for piano.

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      January 22, 2017

      Ēriks Ešenvalds/Leonard Cohen: Wandering Heart: The Road Is Too Long (5:21)
      Mendelssohn: Vespergesang, Op 121: Adspice Domine (3:47)

      Chor Leoni / Erick Lichte

      Chor Leoni Men’s Choir of Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s leading male vocal ensembles. Under Artistic Director Erick Lichte, the group presents a stunning new album, which includes five world premiere recordings. Wandering Heart was premiered in 2015, featuring music by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds with texts by Leonard Cohen.

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