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      July 31, 2017

      Debussy: Khamma (21:40)

      Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Lan Shui

      Claude Debussy only conceived three works as ballets, and these are gathered on a new disc from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lan Shui. All three were written between 1911–1913: Jeux, Khamma and La Boîte à joujoux (The Toybox).

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      July 29, 2017

      Potter: Variazioni di bravura on a Theme by Rossini (15:03)

      Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Howard Shelley, piano

      Volume 72 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series comes to the rescue of yet another neglected figure with three first recordings courtesy of Howard Shelley and his Tasmanian forces. Composer, pianist, writer and educator, London-born Cipriani Potter was encouraged by Beethoven and admired by Wagner.

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      July 28, 2017

      Bach: Four Two-Part Inventions (5:07)
      Gnattali: Allegretto Comodo (4:33)

      Laura Metcalf, cello; Rupert Boyd, guitar

      “Boyd Meets Girl” pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. Acclaimed soloists in their own right, as a duo they perform an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from the Baroque through modern day, including many of their own arrangements.

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      July 27, 2017

      Quantz: Quartet in E minor (8:18)

      The Raritan Players

      On their debut album, the Raritan Players showcase chamber music performed by Jewish salon host Sara Levy and her circle. Levy’s true role in the Bach revival of the 19th century has often been eclipsed by her nephew, Felix Mendelssohn. The recording includes a variety of arrangements and commissions from the Bach family.

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      July 25, 2017

      Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op 17 (31:01)

      Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

      During the time Robert Schumann was forcibly separated from his beloved fiancée Clara, an overflow of inspiration produced the breathtaking Fantasy in C major. While the ghostly universe inhabited by E.T.A. Hoffman’s fictional character Johannes Kreisler inspired Kreisleriana, Op 16. Gifted with a rare inventiveness and sensitivity, Jean-Philippe Collard opens up infinite horizons in these works.

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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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