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 Read reviewSplendid Harmony

Splendid Harmony

L'arpa festante

Today Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) is considered the most important and influential German composer of the early baroque era.In his 55 years of service as chapel-master to the court of Saxony in Dresden, he taught...

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 Read reviewRichard Strauss: Through Life and Love

Richard Strauss: Through Life and Love

Louise Alder, Joseph Middleton

Hailed as ‘one of the brightest lyric-sopranos of the younger generation', ‘a radiant performer' and ‘a born actress' Louise has been held in high critical acclaim during her early career, and has recently been...

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Clarke's Classics (3CD)

Clarke’s Classics (3CD)

John Clarke, Various

In October 2016, the award-winning comedian and writer John Clarke - a regular on Australian television and a household name thanks to his satirical interview series Clarke and Dawe and the mockumentary TV series The Games - made...

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J.S. Bach: French Suites Nos. 1-6

J.S. Bach: French Suites Nos. 1-6

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Released in celebration of the great Russian pianist's 80th birthday (06 July) this set of the French Suites continues Ashkenazy's extraordinary journey through the major keyboard works of JS Bach.A legendary DECCA...

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 Read reviewMedtner: Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

Jayson Gillham, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey

Young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham presents his third album on ABC Classics, featuring the music of two Russian friends and piano virtuosi: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 - one of the most eternally popular pieces of...

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A Guitar for Segovia

A Guitar for Segovia

Javier Somoza

The concept of this CD is inspired by two sources: the works are based on the harmonic pattern of "La Follia", a characteristic Spanish Dance, and, secondly, the guitar that belonged to Andrés Segovia and was...

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1-5

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1-5

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation, started by Martin Luther in 1517. To honor this occasion, Deutsche Grammophon is releasing a new interpretation of the complete Mendelssohn symphonies, crowned by a...

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 Read reviewFalla: El Amor Brujo - The Essence of Manuel de Falla's Music

Falla: El Amor Brujo - The Essence of Manuel de Falla’s Music

Enrike Solinis, Maria Jose Perez, Euskal Barrokensemble

Following the album 'Euskal Antiqua', this new release by Enrike Solinis in the series Alia Vox Diversa offers new insight on the Spanish traditional music through a masterpiece by Manuel de Falla: The Enchanted Love (El Amor...

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 Read reviewSous l'empire d'Amour: French Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Lute

Sous l'empire d'Amour: French Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Lute

Marie-Claude Chappuis, Luca Pianca

Featuring exquisite and rarely performed 17th-century French songs for mezzo-soprano and lute.The first half of the seventeenth century marked the heyday of the air de cour at the French court. This was a monophonic...

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Walton: Violin Concerto, Partita, Hindemith Variations

Walton: Violin Concerto, Partita, Hindemith Variations

Anthony Marwood, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra follow up their definitive account of the symphonies (on CDA67794) with another outstanding album of Walton. From the sunlit Mediterranean lyricism of the Violin Concerto...

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Machaut: Sovereign Beauty

Machaut: Sovereign Beauty

The Orlando Consort

The latest instalment in a series which continues to garner the highest critical plaudits. The Orlando Consort bring their customary virtues of ‘supreme text-sensitivity and beauty of tone' (Early Music Today) to another...

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The Gundula Janowitz Edition

The Gundula Janowitz Edition

Gundula Janowitz

Marking the 80th birthday of Gundula Janowitz in August 2017, this box set celebrates her clear and honest soprano voice through a selection of her opera, oratorio and Lieder recordings. The favourite lyric soprano of Herbert von...

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 Read reviewSuite Cubed: Bach and Beyond

Suite Cubed: Bach and Beyond

Umberto Clerici

In his debut album for ABC Classics, Italian-born cello virtuoso Umberto Clerici brings together a rich history of music for solo cello - from the Italian baroque to Bach's Suites, and onwards to contemporary masterpieces - to...

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 Read reviewJ.S. Bach: Cantatas for Soprano

J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Soprano

Carolyn Sampson, Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Mullejans

For biographer Philipp Spitta, Bach's period as organist and later Konzertmeister to the Duke of Weimar (1708-17) was the time of his ‘early mastery'. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small but highly distinguished...

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J.S. Bach: Solo Works For Marimba

J.S. Bach: Solo Works For Marimba

Kuniko

The Japanese percussionist turns to the cello suites and violin sonatas of J.S. Bach for her fourth studio recording with Linn.Kuniko's debut kuniko plays reich was acclaimed by the media becoming Linn's bestselling...

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 Read reviewMozart in Havana

Mozart in Havana

Simone Dinnerstein, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, José Antonio Méndez Padrón

Enriched by her first collaboration in 2015 with this Cuban Youth Orchestra Simone Dinnerstein returned to Havana this year to record two of Mozart's most well-known and loved piano concertos with them.One of the...

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Boccherini: String Trios Op. 6

Boccherini: String Trios Op. 6

Lubotsky Trio

Firstly, this album represents a welcome return to the studio, and the recording catalogues, of the Russian violinist Mark Lubotsky. In English-speaking countries, Lubotsky is renowned as the soloist on Britten's Decca recording...

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Narciso Yepes: The Complete Solo Recordings on DG

Narciso Yepes: The Complete Solo Recordings on DG

Narciso Yepes

Narciso Yepes is acknowledged as one of the finest virtuoso classical guitarists of the 20th century. His playing - for which he adopted a ten - rather than six-string guitar - was characterized by incisiveness, rhythmic energy...

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Bel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices and Other Works for Solo Violin

Bel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices and Other Works for Solo Violin

Rachel Barton Pine

Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine traverses Paganini's ground breaking set of 24 Caprices with virtuosic flair and, in equal measure, reverence for the bel canto - or "beautiful singing" - style of the...

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The Sound of Piazzolla

The Sound of Piazzolla

Various Artists

Some of the greatest names on today's classical music scene pay Homage to Astor Piazzolla. Presented in two distinct programmes, the first part highlights the most varied of influences: this is not just about the tango; there are...

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 Read reviewChaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell

Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell

Emerson String Quartet

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Emerson String Quartet releases Chaconnes and Fantasias - Music of Britten and Purcell.Exclusively featuring repertoire never before recorded by the quartet, the album...

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 Read reviewÀ Madame: Divertissement pour Adélaïde

À Madame: Divertissement pour Adélaïde

Olivier Baumont, Julien Chauvin

At the court of Versailles, the daughters of Louis XV (referred to as 'Mesdames'), and in particular Adélaïde, devoted themselves to a regular practice of music and, apparently, demonstrated talent. Numerous...

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 Read reviewBel Canto: The Voice of the Viola

Bel Canto: The Voice of the Viola

Antoine Tamestit, Cedric Tiberghien

Going well beyond mere historical interest, this album unveils the charms of a repertoire that delighted Parisian concert halls and salons throughout the 19th century. It demonstrates how the viola finally emerged from the...

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50 Piano Masterworks

50 Piano Masterworks

Various

A perfect introduction to classical piano music while enthusiasts will enjoy listening to acclaimed recordings.

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Debussy: L'Enfant Prodigue & Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges

Debussy: L'Enfant Prodigue & Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges

Choeur et Orchestre de Radio France, Mikko Franck

Recorded live in Paris, two contrasting music dramas on the theme of an errant child, written by two supreme French composers and performed by a starry line-up of francophone singers. Mikko Franck, in his role as Music Director of...

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 Read reviewMahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde

Jonas Kaufmann, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jonathan Nott

Mahler's masterpiece is subtitled as - A Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) - and therefore traditionally two voices have sung the six movements of the work. However Jonas Kaufmann feels differently about this and wanted to...

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Russia: Romance and Revolution

Russia: Romance and Revolution

Various Artists

Passionate and powerful, bold and beautiful: the music of Russia is as vast as the land itself.This collection showcases the most popular masterworks and hidden treasures from a rich musical heritage, and...

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 Read reviewPreghiera - Rachmaninov: Piano Trios

Preghiera - Rachmaninov: Piano Trios

Gidon Kremer, Daniil Trifonov, Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė

A "dream team" trio of interpreters for these deeply emotional masterpieces of Russian Romanticism.Gidon Kremer is celebrating his 70th birthday on (February 27th, 2017) with a special chamber music program...

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 Read reviewSongs Without Words

Songs Without Words

The Grigoryan Brothers

"We've always been drawn to music with great melodies and interesting harmonic progressions. As guitarists we want to ‘sing' as much as possible when playing."Globally renowned for their superlative...

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J.S. Bach: St John Passion (Sung in English)

J.S. Bach: St John Passion (Sung in English)

Sophie Bevan, Robin Blaze, Crouch End Festival Chorus & Bach Camerata, David Temple

For its very first excursion on Chandos, the Crouch End Festival Chorus presents a landmark recording of J.S. Bach's St John Passion sung in English - the first for over forty-five years.With communicative zeal,...

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Graun: Opera Arias

Graun: Opera Arias

Julia Lezhneva, Concerto Köln, Mikhail Antonenko

11 World Premiere Recordings.A journey of discovery for Lezhneva, who spent days in a Berlin library unearthing this music.Incredible undiscovered arias from Carl Heinrich Graun (1704-1759), one of the...

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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

Takacs Quartet

7CDs + Blu-ray audio + bonus DVDSince its formation in 1975, the Takács Quartet has been recognised as one of the world's leading string quartets. Their award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven...

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Awards Collection (15CD set)

Awards Collection (15CD set)

Murray Perahia

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of American pianist and conductor Murray Perahia (born April 19th, 1947). His Grammy®, Gramophone, Echo Klassik, Edison, Midem Classical and Japan Recording Academy Award winning recordings in...

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Mozart & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Mozart & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Grigory Sokolov

This release is a piece of history: it is a combination of unreleased and historic audio and visuals. It allows a unique view of the enigmatic maestro Grigory Sokolov's life because it offers an opportunity to hear authentic...

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 Read reviewJ.S. Bach: Trios

J.S. Bach: Trios

Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer

Nonesuch Records releases an album of Bach works recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer. Bach Trios comprises works by J.S. Bach written for keyboard instruments, plus one sonata for viola...

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 Read reviewHenriette: The Princess Of The Viol

Henriette: The Princess Of The Viol

Maddalena Del Gobbo

Maddalena was born in Italy and started studying music when still a young kid. At the age of four, she began learning to play the piano and gradually added the cello and singing to her musical repertoire. Years later, at the age...

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 Read reviewThe Spirit and The Maiden

The Spirit and The Maiden

Muses Trio

Muses Trio celebrate music composed by women, performed by women, and focus on highlighting this relatively unknown, yet vastly deserving collection of outstanding works. The Spirit and the Maiden is their debut recording.

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Bela Fleck: Juno Concerto, Griff, Quintet For Banjo and Strings: Movement II

Bela Fleck: Juno Concerto, Griff, Quintet For Banjo and Strings: Movement II

Bela Fleck, Colorado Symphony, Jose Luis Gomez

Béla Fleck's three-movement concerto, named in honor of his son Juno, was recorded in April 2016 with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The album is rounded out with two pieces that feature Béla with the edgy Brooklyn...

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 Read reviewElena Kats-Chernin: Unsent Love Letters - Meditations On Erik Satie

Elena Kats-Chernin: Unsent Love Letters - Meditations On Erik Satie

Tamara-Anna Cislowska

After the death of Erik Satie, dozens of unsent love letters were found in his Paris apartment. Now composer Elena Kats-Chernin and pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska send those letters off, in 26 meditative and passionate piano...

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 Read reviewAida

Aida

Aida Garifullina, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Cornelius Meister

Aida Garifullina's debut album is one of the most eagerly awaited operatic events of the year!Since her triumphant win at Plácido Domingo's Operalia 2013, the young star soprano from Kazan has become the hottest...

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 Read reviewPhilip Glass: Piano Works

Philip Glass: Piano Works

Vikingur Olafsson, Siggi String Quartet

This is a tribute to the master of minimal music, legendary Philip Glass, who turns 80 on 31.01.2017. A year ago Philip Glass handpicked some pianists to perform all of his Etudes together at the Barbican in London....

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New Era: Works for Clarinet (Stamitz, Danzi, Mozart)

New Era: Works for Clarinet (Stamitz, Danzi, Mozart)

Andreas Ottensamer, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Albrecht Mayer

Ottensamer presents a dazzling selection of the clarinet's early repertoire from 18th Century Mannheim, with works by J. and C.P. Stamitz, Mozart and Danzi, together with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.Featuring duets with...

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Francois Salque, Eric Le Sage

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Beethoven was one of the first composers to reveal the expressive and technical qualities of the cello, both in his symphonic works and in his chamber music. With his five sonatas for...

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 Read reviewRachmaninov & Prokofiev: Cello sonatas

Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Cello sonatas

Nina Kotova, Fabio Bidini

Cellist, Nina Kotova, praised by Gramophone magazine as a "strong and individual artist [whose] depth of feeling and technical control are never in doubt," here partners with pianist Fabio Bidini in two landmark Russian...

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John Adams: Scheherazade 2

John Adams: Scheherazade 2

Lila Josefowicz, St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson

John Adams was inspired by an exhibition at Paris' Institute du Monde Arabe that included the history and evolution of the "Arabian Nights" folk tales and was particularly struck by the story of Scheherazade. This led...

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On My New Piano

On My New Piano

Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim's first solo recording on the remarkable new concert grand Barenboim-Maene which he developed in collaboration with instrument maker Chris Maene.Barenboim has selected works by four keyboard masters...

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CPE Bach: Flute Concertos

CPE Bach: Flute Concertos

Emmanuel Pahud, Trevor Pinnock, Kammerakademie Potsdam

Emmanuel Pahud returns to music written for ‘The Flute King' with these three concertos by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714-88), who spent nearly 30 years on the musical staff at the court of Frederick the Great, a...

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 Read reviewLa Harpe Reine (The Queen's Harp)

La Harpe Reine (The Queen’s Harp)

Xavier de Maistre, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

At the end of the 18th century, France and Germany developed a passion for harp music; the instrument was everywhere, in concerts and drawing rooms and many masterpieces were written for it. Queen Marie-Antoinette regularly played...

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Distant Light: Vocal Works By Barber, Hillborg & Bjork

Distant Light: Vocal Works By Barber, Hillborg & Bjork

Renée Fleming, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

Distant Light is Renée Fleming's first foray into the hypnotic world of Scandinavian music. For her first new studio album in three years she has chosen to inspire and provoke with a daring mix of music.<br...

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Slava! The Art Of Rostropovich

Slava! The Art Of Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich

In celebration of "Slava's" 90th birthday in March 2017, Deutsche Grammophon presents some of his greatest and most popular recordings on 3 CDs including: The legendary Dvořák Cello Concerto with Karajan, the...

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15

Doric String Quartet

Alongside its highly praised Haydn series, the Doric String Quartet continues its Schubert journey with this second volume of quartets, which precipitates us into the fraught world of late Schubert. Both composers will be central...

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The Cambridge Buskers Collection

The Cambridge Buskers Collection

The Cambridge Buskers

Is nothing sacred? The Cambridge Buskers bring their madcap humour to the greats of classical music - everything from the ‘Hallelujah Chorus' and the 1812 Overture to Ravel's Bolero and the Teddy Bears' Picnic! And not...

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New South American Discoveries

New South American Discoveries

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

New South American Discoveries is a showcase for some of the most brilliant South American composers born post-1950. These composers create their works from a personal perspective bred in the academe, yet without...

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Glass

Glass

Amy Dickson

This album continues Amy Dickson's in-depth exploration of the works of leading contemporary composer, Philip Glass, who celebrates his 80th birthday in January 2017.Amy Dickson's fascination with Philip Glass's music...

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