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“The three ‘voices’ on this transfixingly beautiful recording — violist Kim Kashkashian, harpist Sivan Magen, and flutist Marina Piccinini — met at Marlboro Music in summer 2010, and their effortless interplay is typical of the musical rapport that festival often produces….The performances are all superb — precisely calibrated despite the dreamlike cast of the program [...]

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John Luther Adams: Inuksuit

“Mr. Adams, born in 1953 and one of the more original American composers of his generation, has found ways to combine his passions for music and for nature. And ‘Inuksuit,’ flexibly scored for anywhere from 9 to 99 percussion players widely dispersed in an outdoor area, is the ultimate environmental piece.” –The New York Times [...]

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“Unlike most albums of violin encores featuring the most popular showpieces in the repertoire, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores introduces original works for violin and piano that have been specially commissioned by Hilary Hahn in an effort to rejuvenate this specialized musical category….Taken altogether, this is an attractive collection of chamber music, and [...]

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“With each annual installment of Martha Argerich’s chamber music festival, you are plunged into a spontaneous ferment of music-making: few recordings capture so well the vivid energy of live performance.” –The Guardian Check Our Catalog

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“As more cellists record albums of solo works, there appears to be a growing demand for an expanded repertoire, beyond the handful of pieces that are usually performed. For this 2012 release on ECM New Series, Miklós Perényi has chosen three works of varying degrees of familiarity that show an awareness of the need to [...]

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“‘The Soviet Experience’ series continues with this set of early Shostakovich string quartets from the 15 years surrounding World War II, along with one unusual Prokofiev quartet of the same period. In addition to reflecting the situations in which he lived, Shostakovich’s quartets deal with a different kind of legacy as well: the Beethovenian tradition [...]

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Guitarist Mark Leighton and flutist Peter H. Bloom perform Suites, Sonatas & Standards, an eclectic concert of chamber music from diverse lands and eras, and favorite jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Recorded live at the Thomas Crane Public Library on February 13, 2010 by Quincy Access Television. Check Our Catalog

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“A dominant figure in American music throughout most of the twentieth century, composer Leon Kirchner wrote a large quantity of music which, although stylistically tied to the work of Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, remains powerfully individual in expression, and free of the systematic use of 12-tone techniques. In addition, he proved himself [...]

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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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ARC Ensemble: Two Roads to Exile

“The ARC in ARC Ensemble stands for Artists of the Royal Conservatory. This group is led by Simon Wynberg and is made up of faculty members of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. They are singularly devoted to reviving unjustly neglected repertoire…The concert series listings read like a who’s who of [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Fans of Xenakis and experimental music will appreciate this addition to Mode’s admirable series covering this composer’s output.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “These trios are impeccably performed and full of zest.” –Democrat and Chronicle

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Gidon Kremer: The Berlin Recital

Check Our Catalog “Violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Martha Argerich are two of the greatest living virtuosos on their instruments and, though they are wholly individualistic players, they get along extremely well together.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The playing in these endlessly fascinating and rewarding pieces is supremely accomplished…. [The recording] vividly conveys the music’s visceral exitement.”–BBC Music Magazine

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Check Our Catalog Celebrated as the musical poet of the English landscape, Vaughan Williams was also a visionary composer of enormous range: from the pastoral lyricism of The Lark Ascending and the still melancholy of Silent Noon to the chilly grandeur of the Sinfonia Antartica and the noisy ceremonial of All people that on earth [...]

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