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      February 28, 2017

      Dvořák: Piano Trio in E minor, Op 90, Dumky (28:44)

      Trio Wanderer

      Trio Wanderer pays tribute to Dvořák and his last two trios. Alongside the intensity of Op 65 in F minor, this program presents a new version of the famous Dumky Trio, to which the Wanderers owed their first great success on record. Passionate and melancholy by turns, it is also the most innovative and the freest of Dvořák’s trios.

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      February 27, 2017

      Rosenmüller: Sonata No 4 in G minor (6:55); Ascendit invictissimus salvator (5:40)

      Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Acronym

      Composer, trombonist, organist, and teacher Johann Rosenmüller was born and died in Germany but spent much of his life exiled in Italy. This recording by Acronym presents music from the time of Rosenmüller’s years in Italy, and alternates chamber sonatas published in Venice in 1670 with the first recordings of unpublished bass cantatas—featuring baritone Jesse Blumberg.

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      February 26, 2017

      Schubert: Impromptus, D 899: No 3 in G-flat major (5:21); No 4 in A-flat major (7:23)

      Barry Douglas, piano

      His Brahms series being now complete in six volumes and widely praised, Barry Douglas continues his exploration of Schubert’s piano music. The romantic, personal outlook developed in the course of the Brahms survey is fully expressed in this new Schubert volume: deeply characteristic works written in the prolific last years of the composer’s short life.

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      February 25, 2017

      Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor (12:01)

      Gidon Kremer, violin; Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, cello; Daniil Trifonov, piano

      Violinist Gidon Kremer joins forces with pianist Daniil Trifonov and cellist Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė for a new album, “Preghiera,” in time for Kremer’s 70th birthday. The title draws its name from Fritz Kreisler’s arrangement of the famous theme from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2. Additionally, the trio delves into the composers early works, Trio élégiaque Nos 1 and 2.

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      February 24, 2017

      Giaches de Wert: Hoc enim sentite in vobis (7:33); Saule, Saule (3:46)

      Stile Antico

      Giaches de Wert is best known for his madrigals – a bridge between the polyphony of the high Renaissance and the new style of Monteverdi. Stile Antico’s new album introduces us to another side of this composer who, though Flemish-born, spent most of his life in Italy. The unique and dramatic style of these remarkable motets stands as a striking testament to his individuality as a church composer.

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      February 23, 2017

      Schumann: Theme & Variations in E-flat major, Ghost Variations

      Piotr Anderszewski, piano

      Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. The pianist says, “I can hear in the music of both composers a similarity in their processes of giving physical form to their inspirations. The cruel resistance of the blank page feels, in both cases, nonexistent, ignored. And therein lies an important, precious connection between Mozart and Schumann: an unobstructed directness to their music, in which the purity of intention remains intact.”

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      February 22, 2017

      Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 33 (19:32)

      Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello; Lucerne Symphony Orchestra / James Gaffigan

      Saint-Saëns adored the cello, as is shown by much more than the famous Swan from Carnival of the Animals. He wrote three sonatas for it, but unfortunately the last two movements of the Third Sonata have been lost and what is left survives only in manuscript. Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel play it here along with the Second Sonata. The First Concerto also included here is one of the ‘musts’ of the concert repertory for cello.

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      February 21, 2017

      Granados: Goyescas: El fandango del candil (6:45); Quejas, ó la maja y el ruiseñor (6:50)

      Yoonie Han, piano

      Inspired by the art of 18th century painter Francisco Goya, Goyescas is perhaps the greatest work of Enrique Granados. Yoonie Han, a specialist in this repertoire, is a brilliant advocate for this evocative Suite that captures the art and musical styles of Spain. A follow-up to her praised first release on the Steinway label, “Love and Longing,” this new album offers the complete Goyescas, recorded at the new Steinway Hall in New York City.

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      February 20, 2017

      Schnittke: Suite in the Old Style (16:23)

      Leonard Elschenbroich, cello; Petr Limonov, piano

      Though born in the Soviet Union, Alfred Schnittke spent much of his formative childhood in Vienna. “Every moment there,” Schnittke recalled, “I felt I was a link in the historical chain: all was multi-dimensional; the past represented a world of ever-present ghosts.” Schnittke’s music is often haunted by echoes or an awareness of these ‘ghosts’ from earlier traditions.

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      February 19, 2017

      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36 (39:42)

      Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko

      The universal praise from reviewers around the world for the first volume in the cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies from Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra looks to be repeated for this eagerly awaited second and final volume. Volume one garnered a Gramophone magazine Editor’s Choice.

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