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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 22 & 23

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 22 & 23

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Manchester Camerata, Gabor Takacs-Nagy

Described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘Mozart music-making of altogether superior quality', Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's acclaimed Mozart Concertos series reaches Vol. 6.

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 Read reviewMozart & Birchall: Clarinet Concertos

Mozart & Birchall: Clarinet Concertos

Michael Collins, Wigmore Soloists, Philharmonia Orchestra, Robin O'Neill

The two concertos performed here by Michael Collins and the Philharmonia Orchestra were both intended for a specific player - Mozart composed his for Anton Stadler and Richard Birchall for Michael Collins himself.

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Mandolin on Stage: The Greatest Mandolin Concertos – Vivaldi, Paisello, Lecce & Hummel

Mandolin on Stage: The Greatest Mandolin Concertos – Vivaldi, Paisello, Lecce & Hummel

Raffaele La Ragione, Il Pomo d'Oro, Francesco Corti

Two years after the great acclaim aroused by Beethoven and his Contemporaries, Raffaele La Ragione returns with an album containing the four best-known mandolin concertos, which appear in a new light here thanks to the use of...

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Handel: La Resurrezione

Handel: La Resurrezione

The English Concert, Harry Bicket

Following their acclaimed recording of Handel's Rodelinda (BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month, Gramophone Editor's Choice), The English Concert and Harry Bicket continue their Handel series with a superb soloist line-up

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Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee

Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee

Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John Storgards

Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee (2008) is a gorgeous marvel which encapsulates winter. The instrumental cycle comprises a set of ten canons making up an hour of ghostly, feathery music.

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Rivales

Rivales

Veronique Gens, Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin

Sandrine Piau and Véronique Gens have a longstanding rapport and here they pay tribute to two singers who, like them, were born within a year of each other. Intermingling airs and duets they play the heroines of Gluck,...

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Rautavaara: Lost Landscapes - Works For Violin And Orchestra

Rautavaara: Lost Landscapes - Works For Violin And Orchestra

Simone Lamsma, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Robert Trevin

Conductor Robert Trevino together with violinist Simone Lamsma and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra present four final orchestral works by the celebrated composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

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Schumann: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2

Schumann: Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2

The Florestan Trio

The Florestan Trio turns its attention to Schumann's Piano Trios. These two works, Opp 63 and 80, were composed in rapid succession in the summer and autumn of 1847, some five years after the prolific year when he composed most of...

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Faure: Piano Quartets Nos 1 & 2

Faure: Piano Quartets Nos 1 & 2

Domus

The chamber music of Gabriel Fauré has endured most prominently into modern times and the two piano quartets, Opp. 15 and 45, performed here are some of the finest examples of his extensive output. 

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J.S. Bach: Toccatas and Fugues

J.S. Bach: Toccatas and Fugues

Christopher Herrick

‘If you only have one disc of organ music in your collection this must be it' (The Good CD Guide)

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Made for Opera

Made for Opera

Nadine Sierra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Riccardo Frizza

Nadine Sierra's latest solo album, Made for Opera, explores the psychodrama of three of the most tragic operatic heroines: Verdi's Violetta, Donizetti's Lucia and Gounod's Juliette

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Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartets

Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartets

Takacs Quartet

Fiery, dramatic performances from the Takács Quartet of two string quartets by Felix Mendelssohn alongside a thrilling account of the quartet by his sister, Fanny.

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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sonatas for Violin Solo

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sonatas for Violin Solo

Gidon Kremer

The Latvian violinist celebrates his 75th birthday with impassioned recordings of Weinberg's three sonatas for solo violin.

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 Read reviewWomen of Note: Celebrating Australian Composers, Vol. 4

Women of Note: Celebrating Australian Composers, Vol. 4

Various artists

Building on the success of our first three Women of Note albums, ABC Classic is thrilled to be releasing the fourth volume in our now annual celebration of Australia's female composers.

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 Read reviewRoss Edwards: Frog and Star Cycle & Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

Ross Edwards: Frog and Star Cycle & Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

Amy Dickson, Colin Currie, Lothar Koenigs, David Zinman, Markus Stenz

This new release from ABC Classic presents iconic and world premiere performances of three of Edwards' most significant orchestral works.

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 Read reviewLocke Matthew: The Flat Consort

Locke Matthew: The Flat Consort

Fretwork

The acclaimed consort mark the 400th anniversary of Matthew Locke's birth with a selection of his consort works from the twilight of the English consort tradition.

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C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas and Rondos

C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas and Rondos

Marc-Andre Hamelin

The Canadian pianist's Midas touch is everywhere in evidence on this programme of sonatas and rondos, many of which reveal the composer's delight in the new expressive possibilities offered by early pianos.

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 Read reviewUnderwater

Underwater

Ludovico Einaudi

The godfather of neoclassical music returns with his first new solo piano album in 20 years.

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Grieg: Lieder

Grieg: Lieder

Lise Davidsen, Leif Ove Andsnes

Two Norwegians do their countryman, Edvard Grieg, proud in a programme which includes Haugtussa, Five Songs by Otto Benzon, and the Six Songs Op. 48

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Nightscapes: Music for Harp

Nightscapes: Music for Harp

Magdalena Hoffman

Night falls in diverse ways on harpist Magdalena Hoffmann's Deutsche Grammophon debut. Nightscapes, sees her dive deep into the intimate, mysterious, magical world of night music, as well as exploring the theme of dance.

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Unreleased

Unreleased

Cecilia Bartoli, Kammerorchester Basel, Muhai Tang

Cecilia has gone through her archives and releases this never-before-heard album, a celebration of the most famous concert arias from Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn. 

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Classical Hugs: Music of Comfort and Hope

Classical Hugs: Music of Comfort and Hope

Various artists

This is music that puts its arm around us to offer sympathy and understanding, music that steadies us and cheers us, music full of contentment and hope.

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Bach: The Art of Life

Bach: The Art of Life

Danill Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov's new solo recording is centred around Johann Sebastian Bach's late masterpiece The Art of Fugue and reflects Trifonov's insight into the family life and music-making of one of the greatest composers of all...

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The Princess and the Piano

The Princess and the Piano

Van-Anh Nguyen

Following the masterful mash-up that was Pop Alchemy, #1 ARIA charting Vietnamese-Australian pianist, producer and composer Van-Anh Nguyen weaves a different kind of magic in her sophomore Decca album, The Princess and the Piano.

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Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene

Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene

Renee Fleming, Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Voice of Nature explores the relationship Romantic composers had with nature through song. Including works by Fauré & Grieg there new works from living composers which highlight our current relationship with nature

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Whole Notes

Whole Notes

Ed Ayres

How can we pause long enough to repair ourselves? How can we make space and time in our lives to become whole? Ed Ayres, the beloved presented of Weekend Breakfast on ABC Classic, explores these questions in his new book, Whole...

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Muse

Muse

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Isata Kanneh-Mason

The siblings' contrasting musical personalities complement one another quite beautifully in sonatas by Barber and Rachmaninov, plus a well-chosen selection of songs by both composers.

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John McCabe: Of Time and the River & Flute Concerto

John McCabe: Of Time and the River & Flute Concerto

Emily Beynon, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley

First recordings of two powerful works from the pen of one of Britain's major composers, John McCabe

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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

Lindsay String Quartet

The Lindsay String Quartet's award-winning and first Beethoven cycle (1979-83), originally recorded for ASV: risk-taking musicianship at the highest level presented in a limited edition.

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 Read reviewEchoes of Life

Echoes of Life

Alice Sara Ott

Pianist Alice Sara Ott returns to the music of Frédéric Chopin. She approaches Chopin's 24 Préludes op. 28 from a fresh perspective, finding a personal thread that parallels the music's dramatic arc and...

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Classical Music to Lift Your Spirits

Classical Music to Lift Your Spirits

Various

The coronavirus pandemic has really shown music's ability to bring us together and provide comfort in difficult times: whether it's through singing on balconies during lockdown to entertain our neighbours, professional musicians...

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 Read reviewThe British Project

The British Project

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla present evocative and dramatic accounts of four works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Walton.

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Summertime

Summertime

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Summertime's diverse programme is centred around Samuel Barber's ‘Piano Sonata in E-flat minor' which was performed by Vladimir Horowitz, one of Isata Kanneh-Mason's great musical influences, at its premiere in 1949.

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The Visionaries of Piano Music: Works by William Byrd & John Bull

The Visionaries of Piano Music: Works by William Byrd & John Bull

Kit Armstrong

American pianist and composer Kit Armstrong steps back in time to revive the spirit of Elizabethan England

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 Read reviewBaroque

Baroque

Nicola Benedetti, Benedetti Baroque Orchestra

Nicola Benedetti's Baroque album features a selection of concerti by Vivaldi plus Geminiani's incredible arrangement of Corelli's ‘La Folia', one of the oldest western classical themes

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Hope Amid Tears - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Hope Amid Tears - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax

Hope Amid Tears presents Beethoven's five sonatas for cello and piano in the order in which they were composed, tracing an important arc in Beethoven's development and approach as a composer

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 Read reviewRoad to the Sun

Road to the Sun

Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny surprises us once again with his seemingly endless ability to harvest new vistas while retaining the instantly recognizable Metheny sound. With two major new works, he charts a new way of obliterating boundaries...

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 Read reviewSerenades: Tchaikovsky, Elgar & Mozart

Serenades: Tchaikovsky, Elgar & Mozart

Zürcher Kammerorchester, Daniel Hope

To mark its 75th anniversary, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra has recorded a selection of favourite masterpieces as a gift to both the musicians and their audiences

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 Special priceSongs of Comfort & Hope

Songs of Comfort & Hope

Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott

Five years ago, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott created an album called "Songs from the Arc of Life," which charted an imagined lifetime through song and its unique way of storytelling.   

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JS Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Lang Lang

Lang Lang plays JS Bach

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 Read reviewCorelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6

Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6

Genesis Baroque, Sophie Gent, Lucinda Moon

A disc of debuts for Melbourne's new kids on the Baroque.  

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 Read reviewSchubert: Die schöne Müllerin

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

David Greco, Erin Helyard

Following their 2018 recording of the great song cycle Winterreise, David Greco and Erin Helyard continue their exploration of Schubert's songs with their new recording of Die schöne Müllerin. Composed in 1823, it is one...

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Max Richter: Voices

Max Richter: Voices

Max Richter

Over a decade after its inception, ground-breaking composer Max Richter announces the release of Voices - a major new recording project inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In a time of dramatic global change,...

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Islands Essential Einaudi (Local Edition)

Islands Essential Einaudi (Local Edition)

Einaudi Ludovico

This 2-CD collection brings together a selection of Einaudi's most popular tracks. The "godfather of neo-classical", Ludovico Einaudi's isone of the world's most popular contemporary composers. His minimal, intimate...

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 Read reviewFermi's Paradox

Fermi’s Paradox

Ronn McFarlane, Carolyn Surrick, Jackie Moran

We had all the time in the world. We had three months. Our Saturday rehearsals turned into Saturdays and Sundays. Week after week we scoured our memories, stacks of books, piles of sheet music, and beloved recordings for pieces we...

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