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“Even though John Corigliano has proved himself time and again to be a master of instrumental colors and orchestration, he nonetheless had misgivings about composing a concerto for percussion, a daunting prospect merely because of the large number of instruments at his disposal. Yet Corigliano succeeded brilliantly in Conjurer.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Beautifully presented as always, the latest collection from the conductor-less choir Stile Antico is of music ‘inspired by Holy Week….’ [T]he repertory ranges from classic Gibbons for Palm Sunday to one real discovery, an Easter motet by the little-known Jean l’Héritier, with a contemporary setting of Woefully Arrayed by John McCabe in the centre.” –The [...]

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Christian Gerhaher: Ferne Geliebte

“Ferne Geliebte, Christian Gerhaher’s 2012 Sony release, is a collection of lieder by the masters of the Classical Viennese style, Franz Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven, and the chief representatives of the Second Viennese School, Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg….Gerhaher is controlled and balanced, letting most of the expression come through the melodic lines [...]

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“Best known for his operas, he nonetheless created works in a remarkable range of genres: chamber music, orchestral scores, piercing song cycles and choral works….As a pianist and conductor, he understood the visceral joys of performance.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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“Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja claims that Mario Lanza’s performance in The Great Caruso taught him that there was more to music than Iron Maiden and Metallica, inspiring him to take up an operatic career in the process… Be My Love is an affectionate tribute that justifies Calleja’s rising star status.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Alfie Boe: Alfie

“Having reached the U.K. Top Ten for the first time, performed for the English National Opera in La Boheme and The Mikado, and received rave reviews for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe rounds off an incredible year with his fifth studio album, simply titled Alfie….Alfie should consolidate Boe’s [...]

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“The Three Tenors in Concert, recorded live in Rome in 1990, holds the distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records (in 2010) of being the best-selling classical album of all time… Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and Carreras take turns singing opera arias, Broadway hits, and traditional Neapolitan songs, but on several tracks, the three [...]

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Carrey and McMillan’s vivaciousness, perfect diction and seamless vocals captivated the crowd. Sentimental but not at all schmaltzy…by the end of the show’s final, title song, audience members were wiping tears and clapping madly”–Boston Herald, February 13, 2004 Check Our Catalog

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Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me

“Opening with an age-appropriate, sweetly sung rendition of “When You Wish Upon A Star,” the collection offers up duets with Barbra Streisand (“Somewhere”) and Susan Boyle (“A Mother’s Prayer”), a lovely cover of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” a pair of Puccini arias (“Nessun Dorma,” “O Mio Babbino Caro”), and a handful of handcrafted originals from [David] [...]

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Susan Boyle: The Gift

“If ever there was an ideal candidate for a holiday album it’s Susan Boyle, the reality TV show contestant who caused a sensation with her pretty, old-fashioned performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” in 2009. If ever there was a genre that calls for old-fashioned prettiness it’s the holiday album. [The Gift] is an appropriately [...]

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“A remarkably versatile poet, Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) provided the source material for the vast majority of significant 19th century Russian operas, including Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, as well as texts that have served as the basis for hundreds of [...]

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“It has all of Charpentier’s trademark fascination with the dark side of classical mythology…As Actéon, Aaron Sheehan is utterly compelling, whether swooning over Teresa Wakim’s imperious Diana or emitting disturbing howls during his metamorphosis…the playing and choral singing are both exquisite.” –The Guardian Check Our Catalog

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“Thomas Hampson possesses one of the most rich and mellow baritone voices of the postwar generations, complete with ringing top notes.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Josh Groban: Illuminations

Check Our Catalog “Produced by Rick Rubin, who’s known for distilling artists to their essence, the album carefully frames Groban’s talent in a cozier context and features some of his own compositions.” –The Boston Globe

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The Priests: Noel

Check Our Catalog “After selling over three million copies of their first two albums, the Priests turned their focus to the winter holidays. NOËL finds the ministers harmonizing their way through a number of Christmas standards, with an emphasis on traditional carols.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Netrebko is in absolutely top form, singing with an enveloping, velvety warmth, and soaring with a radiant intensity. Her beautifully controlled and nuanced vibrato is always used with a keen sensitivity to the drama inherent in the texts, and her interpretations are driven by her gift for communicating with her audience. Barenboim’s [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Tenor Jonas Kaufmann possesses an operatic and concert repertory that spans several centuries, taking in Monteverdi and J.S. Bach and reaching into the twentieth century with works by Schoenberg and contemporary composers. The vast area in between includes Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Berlioz, Schubert, Wagner, Gounod, Mahler, Puccini, and much else.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Soprano Christine Brewer has a terrific voice for Strauss — large, warm, colorful, with a velvety legato and the ability to soar over the orchestra — and in this release, she tackles three of the most tempestuously charged scenes from his operas.”–All Music Guide

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Louis Andriessen: Bells for Haarlem

Check Our Catalog “Andriessen often uses rock instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, and synthesizer to augment his ensembles…His popularity with young listeners and presence on the scene has provided an unprecedented boost to the prominence of contemporary Dutch music throughout the world.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Dmitri Hvorostovsky has enjoyed an A-list career since he emerged in the early 1990s. His brilliant, yet deceptively dark-hued voice is the embodiment of chiaroscuro, and the combination of vocal polish and emotion that he brings to his performances has made him an audience favorite.”–All Music Guide

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