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      June 30, 2017

      Stanford: St Patrick’s Breastplate (9:13)

      Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Trinity Brass / Stephen Layton; Owain Park, organ

      Sir Charles Villiers Stanford composed in almost every music form, but his voluminous sacred music continues to be the foundation of the Anglican tradition. The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and conductor Stephen Layton present a program of works by spanning the variety and sheer emotional range of Stanford’s choral music.

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      Rating: 4.6/5 (5 votes cast)

      June 29, 2017

      Locke: Suite from The Tempest, Part 2 (10:17)

      The English Concert / Harry Bicket

      Renowned period ensemble The English Concert and Harry Bicket are joined by two singers at the height of their powers – soprano Rosemary Joshua and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly – as they delve into the musical world in which Henry Purcell was immersed. Recorded live at London’s Wigmore Hall, the program explores the music of 17th-century England.

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      Rating: 4.3/5 (6 votes cast)

      June 28, 2017

      Laks: Piano Quintet on Popular Polish Themes (20:15)

      ARC Ensemble

      The Canadian ARC Ensemble presents Volume 3 in its “Music in Exile” series, dedicated to the chamber music of Szymon Laks. Born in Warsaw in 1901, Laks studied in Paris before being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He soon joined and conducted the Auschwitz orchestra. Although the trauma of his imprisonment left him alienated and reclusive, few of his works refer specifically to the Holocaust. A rather subtle, colorful and sometimes contrapuntal style emerges in his writing.

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      Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes cast)

      June 27, 2017

      Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 36 (23:42)

      Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano

      Pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff makes his Onyx Classics debut with an all-Rachmaninoff program featuring the two sonatas and a transcription of a Tchaikovsky lullaby. Hayroudinoff’s earlier recording of the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes was selected by Classic FM magazine as part of its ‘Essential Rachmaninoff Collection’ alongside the recordings of Artur Rubinstein and André Previn.

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      Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes cast)

      June 26, 2017

      Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Variations à travers les siècles, Op 71 (10:45)

      Xavier Jara, guitar

      American guitarist Xavier Jara has won numerous international competitions. This release stands out not only for the sheer musicality and technical brilliance of the performer, but for his imaginatively structured and adventurous program. It balances the poetic beauty of John Dowland and Alan Rawthorne with the broad appeal of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, technically challenging works by Dušan Bogdanović, as well as intriguing discoveries.

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      June 25, 2017

      Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 33 (19:04)

      Leonard Elschenbroich, cello; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Stefan Blunier

      Leonard Elschenbroich is one of today’s most exciting cellists. On this fascinating program, he explores a century of French music for cello. Concertos from Dutilleux and Saint-Saëns, composed 100 years apart, frame Debussy’s late Cello Sonata, Ravel’s Habanera and movement five of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

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      Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes cast)

      June 24, 2017

      Falla: Seven Popular Spanish Songs (13:52)

      Joo Yeon Sir, violin; Irina Andrievsky, piano

      Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir is winner of the Royal College of Music’s President’s Award presented by HRH The Prince of Wales. Her dazzling debut recording is a program of suites and fantasies by composers you rarely see on the same album – Schnittke, Falla, Britten, Milhaud and Gershwin.

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      Rating: 4.6/5 (10 votes cast)

      June 23, 2017

      Ravel: La valse (11:55)

      Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

      On June 10, the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition crowned its 2017 gold medalist in Fort Worth, Texas: Yekwon Sunwoo of South Korea. Decca Gold has released highlights from Sunwoo’s performances throughout the stages of the competition, including music of Ravel, Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Marc-André Hamelin.

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      June 22, 2017

      Wagner: Tannhäuser: Overture (15:11)

      Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Andris Nelsons

      Pairing Bruckner’s Symphony No 3 with Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, this album launches Deutsche Grammophon’s new Bruckner Symphony cycle featuring Grammy-winning conductor Andris Nelsons and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. To highlight not only Wagner’s influence on Bruckner, but also the differences between the two composers, selected works by Wagner will be included in each release in the cycle.

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      June 21, 2017

      Beethoven: Missa solemnis: Gloria (15:41)

      Leipzig Radio Choir; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Marek Janowski

      Marek Janowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra continue their critically acclaimed collaboration with Pentatone in a magnificent reading of Beethoven’s monumental Missa solemnis, recorded live in September 2016. Considered by many to be among his finest works, Beethoven’s masterpiece updated the choral traditions of Handel and Bach with his own ineffable style to create a startlingly original and dramatic large scale work.

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      Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)