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A terrific, varied recital of contemporary piano works by South African composers from pianist, Renée Reznek on a new release from Prima Facie
Given the relative
lack of exposure that the music of South African contemporary composers receive,
a new release from Prima Facie http://ascrecords.com/primafacie   entitled From My Beloved Country featuring
pianist, Renée Reznek www.reneereznek.com , is e...

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Welcome premiere recordings of William Alwyn’s early quartets Nos 10 to 13 from the acclaimed Tippett Quartet on Somm
Between 1922 and 1936 William
Alwyn (1905-1985) www.williamalwyn.co.uk wrote thirteen string quartets of which he was never truly satisfied and which
he withdrew. In his Essay in
Autobiography, Winged Chariot Alwyn wrote ‘…compositions were pouring from
my ...

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Spectacularly fine performances of sacred motets by Giaches de Wert show him to be a composer of distinctive style
The Flemish composer, Giaches
de Wert (c. 1535-1596) is believed to have been born in Antwerp. He was
sent to Italy at a young age where he became a chorister at the house of Maria
di Cardona, Marchese della Padulla. He later became a member of the choir
fo...

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Superb performances of chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu on a highly recommendable release from Metier
A new release from
Metier www.divine-art.co.uk/DAhome.htm   brings
chamber and vocal works by David Lumsdaine www.davidlumsdaine.org.uk   and
Nicola LeFanu www.nicolalefanu.com all performed
by members of the chamber ensemble, Gemini www.divineartrecords.co...

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With a world premiere of Pierre de Manchicourt’s Missa Reges terrae, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields captivates the ear at every moment on their new recording for MSR Classics
Pierre de Manchicourt
(c.1510-1564) is not a name that is likely to be familiar to those outside of
early music circles. A new release that is likely to change this comes from MSR
Classics www.msrcd.com featuring the Choir of St. Luke in the
Fields, New Yor...

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Pianist, Irina Chukovskaya provides an impressive recital for Melodiya of works by Shostakovich that are all too rarely heard
A new release from
Melodiya http://melody.su features the distinguished pianist, Irina
Chukovskaya http://irinachukovskaya.com in works by Dmitri Shostakovich
(1906-1975). MEL CD 10 02455 Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan into a family of musicians, Irina
Chukov...

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A new release from Naxos brings some wonderful chamber works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in performances that could not be bettered
Naxos www.naxos.com have
done much for the music of Sir Peter
Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) www.maxopus.com/index.aspx , not only through their reissue of
recordings from the Collins Classics catalogue but with their commissioning of
the ten Naxos Quartets pre...

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With the finest of soloists and authoritative performances from Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a new Naxos release of Bernstein’s Symphonies Nos. 1 ‘Jeremiah and No.2 ‘The Age of Anxiety’ is highly recommended
Composer, conductor and pianist, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
and studied at Harvard and the Curtis Institute before going on to become a
protégé of the conductor Sergei Koussevitzky (1874-1951). He came to prominence in...

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Performances to lift the spirits from violist Herbert Kefer and Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg on a new release from Nimbus of works for viola and orchestra by Telemann, Weber, Andreas Baksa and Bruch
Nimbus www.wyastone.co.uk/all-labels/nimbus/nimbus-alliance.html   have
just released a recording by violist, Herbert Kefer with Symphonieorchester
Vorarlberg www.symphonieorchester-vorarlberg.at conducted by Martin Kerschbaum www.martinkerschbaum.com of wo...

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A much welcome release of Daniel Jones’ Symphonies 1 and 10 from Lyrita, first fruit of a new licensing agreement with the BBC which will see Symphonies 2, 3, 5, 11 and 12 appear during 2017/18 all with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bryden Thomson
The Welsh composer, (1912-1993) was born in Pembroke to a father, Jenkyn Jones, who was a composer and a mother
who was a singer. Against this background the young Jones developed quickly, writing
several piano sonatas by the age of nine.   Whilst attending...
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