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      July 24, 2017

      Tallis: O sacrum convivium (3:24)
      Stucky: Three New Motets ‘In Memoriam Thomas Tallis’: O sacrum convivium (3:03)

      ORA / Suzi Digby

      With 2016’s “Upheld By Stillness,” the vocal ensemble ORA embarked on a series showcasing some of today’s best contemporary composers, juxtaposing their works with masterpieces from previous ages. “Many are the Wonders,” the second in the series, features the music of Thomas Tallis, alongside newly commissioned pieces offering personal reflections on his works.

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      July 22, 2017

      Schubert: Symphony No 5 in B-flat major, D 485 (25:20)

      Riga Sinfonietta / Maxim Rysanov

      “In Schubert’s Company” presents violist Maxim Rysanov as a soloist, conductor, arranger and commissioner of new music. Alongside Schubert’s Symphony No 5, Violin Sonata No 3 and Polonaise for violin & orchestra are pieces from three contemporary composers who have drawn on Schubert as the source for their works.

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      July 21, 2017

      Debussy: Images: Reflets dans l’eau (5:03)
      Liszt: Consolation No 3 (4:04)

      Pål Eide, piano

      Pianist Pål Eide finds the music by Franz Liszt from the 1880s particularly interesting. The period was an exciting one in European culture, and Liszt was one of the first artists to understand the streams of modern times. Liszt´s works had a great influence on later composers, as explored on Eide’s new album, “Grey Clouds.”

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      July 20, 2017

      Monteverdi: Dixit Dominus (8:05)
      Neri: Sonata XIII (4:06)

      La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata / Roland Wilson

      These experienced performers present a reconstruction of Marian Vespers using the posthumous 1650 publication of Monteverdi’s late motets. As they assert in the notes, this music deserves to be as well known as the 1610 Vespers and they juxtapose it with music by Monteverdi’s less famous but equally sparkling successors Rigatti, Neri and Grandi.

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      July 19, 2017

      Franck: Violin Sonata in A major (28:01)

      Isabelle Faust, violin; Alexander Melnikov, piano

      With the combined talents of Isabelle Faust (performing on a gut-strung violin) and Alexander Melnikov (on a period piano), César Frank’s Sonata reclaims the incomparable sonority and texture which reveal its intended poetry and force. The celebrated Concert by Ernest Chausson likewise regains its astonishing freshness in this new light which delicately illuminates the intimate sound world of the composer.

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      July 18, 2017

      Couperin: La Steinquerque Sonata (7:48)

      Kleine Kammermusik

      Formed in 2013, Kleine Kammermusik is dedicated to bringing to life the wealth of intimate chamber music from the courts of Europe. With paired treble woodwind instruments and a continuo group of mixed woodwind, string, and keyboard, the group is a versatile blend suited to a wide range of music. On their debut album, they explore 18th-century music from the cities of Paris and Dresden.

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      July 17, 2017

      Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake: Pas de deux; Russian Dance (9:53)

      Esther Yoo, violin; Philharmonia Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy

      Coming off her BBC Proms debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall last year, Esther Yoo releases her second Deutsche Grammophon album with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The release features Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto alongside five shorter works.

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      July 16, 2017

      Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K 87 (5:34); Sonata in E major, K 28 (4:14)

      Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord

      This is the fifth volume of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonatas from French harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, of whom Gramophone magazine said in an earlier release: “an astonishing display of dexterity in which the harpsichord he uses and the acoustic help in preserving total clarity.”

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      July 15, 2017

      Bach, arr. Kitchen: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes & Fugues 1-3 (12:17)

      Borromeo String Quartet

      The renowned Borromeo String Quartet continues its penchant for reinvention in this premiere recording of Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, arranged for string quartet (by the Borromeo’s own first violinist Nicholas Kitchen). The counterpoint of this great music comes alive in a new form at the hands of four masterful musicians.

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      July 14, 2017

      Bach: French Suite No 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815 (12:08)

      Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

      A legendary Decca artist known for his “directness, articulation and absolute trust in the music’s own poetic strengths” (The Guardian), Vladimir Ashkenazy continues to build his already lauded catalog with Bach: The French Suites. Featuring the complete six French Suites on a single CD, this album is released in celebration of the great Russian pianist’s 80th birthday on July 6, 2017.

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