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Monthly Archive for October, 2008

Richard Strauss: Songs & Arias

Check Our Catalog Renée Fleming, the world’s preeminent lyric soprano, is joined by Christian Thielemann, internationally acclaimed for his performances of Strauss works, for this recording of the exquisitely beautiful Four Last Songs. In addition, Fleming performs a selection of lieder with orchestra as well as arias from Ariadne auf Naxos and Die ägyptische Helena. [...]

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Check Our Catalog Joshua Bell has appropriated some of [the vocal repertoire’s] best-loved songs and operatic arias, from Mozart through the romantics to Orff. Slow, sustained, lovely and yes, singing, these beguiling melodies and wide emotional range are eminently well suited to the violin. Of course, Bell is very good at all this, and it’s [...]

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Chopin: Piano Concertos

Check Our Catalog The long-awaited and highly anticipated recording of Lang Lang performing Chopin’s Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 has arrived. Both concertos are among the most beloved in the repertoire and Lang Lang’s many concert performances frequently receive the highest praise. Lang Lang is joined by Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic in [...]

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Check Our Catalog Georges Enescu (1881-1955) was an extraordinary musician–one of the great violin virtuosi of the twentieth century, whose performing prowess was eventually overshadowed by his compositional talent. He is the most famous Romanian composer of all time. At the beginning of World War I, after two years of work, Enescu finished his Second [...]

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Check Our Catalog One of the leading English composers of his generation, Vaughan Williams went some way towards creating a specifically English musical idiom, influenced by his interest in faolk-song yet underpinned by a personal vision and language. This is nowhere better expressed than in his superb cycle of Nine Symphonies. The ‘London’ Symphony features [...]

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Check Our Catalog Hilary Hahn and Esa-Pekka Salonen present two extraordinary concertos: the legendary tour de force of Arnold Schoenberg, and the dramatic masterpiece of Jean Sibelius.

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Chant: Music for the Soul

Check Our Catalog Chant is the most peaceful music imaginable. Chant: Music for the Soul, is the ultimate in relaxation and stress relief – the perfect antidote to our fast-moving modern world. Chant has proven to heal, calm and also give strength; its power is timeless and universal. (Amazon.com)

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The Best of Britten

Check Our Catalog The outstanding English composer working in the mid-20th century, Benjamin Britten won a significant international reputation, whilst remaining thoroughly English in inspiration. Britten’s compositions appeal to all ages, from the delightful “Simple Symphony”, composed for a school orchestra, and “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” written for an educational film, to [...]

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Ian Tracey: Organ Recital

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Check Our Catalog Juan Diego Flórez is THE tenor for bel canto operas, the first choice for any new production at the world’s greatest opera houses. On Voce d’Italia, he pays tribute to an extraordinary predecessor who inspired some of his greatest stage roles and became the first `superstar tenor’: Giovanni Battista Rubini. Many of [...]

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Check Our Catalog Gustavo Dudamel presents his highly anticipated second album. Again with the forces of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the disc features another symphonic masterpiece – Mahler’s captivating Symphony No. 5. With its energetic outbursts, expressive cantilenas and constant changes of mood, Mahler’s Symphony no. 5 is the ideal repertoire for [...]

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Yo-Yo Ma: Appassionato

Check Our Catalog Any new compilation CD starring Yo-Yo Ma is certain to please. This master of the cello takes the listener through so many types of music that the ear and mind never tire. The present selection is billed as a sort of “musical autobiography,” and, indeed, it gives us a tour of Ma’s [...]

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Check Our Catalog The landmark musical’s first-ever Broadway revival! Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such musical theater classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

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Jonas Kaufmann: Romantic Arias

Check Our Catalog Includes opera favorites by the Italian giants Verdi and Puccini, by French greats Berlioz and Bizet, and by Wagner, the epitome of German Romanticism. Kaufmann responds to each composer with seductive ease.

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The Subways: All or Nothing

Check Our Catalog Long-awaited 2008 sophomore outing from the youthful, Grunge-inspired Brit trio.

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Check Our Catalog Kings of Leon return with the release of their highly anticipated fourth album.

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Usher: Here I Stand

Check Our Catalog 2008 album from the R&B superstar. Here I Stand is Usher’s follow-up to his history-making, nine-times platinum-selling Confessions.

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Jessica Simpson: Do You Know

Check Our Catalog Jessica had a hand in penning almost every song on the album, joining some of the best songwriters in Nashville (Troy Verges, Hillary Lindsey). Even more noteworthy is that the title track, “Do You Know,” was written for Jessica by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton, who also graces the track [...]

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Paul Weller: 22 Dreams

Check Our Catalog Working across a wide range of genres–rock, funk, soul, free jazz, krautrock, classical music, electronica, even spoken word–Weller presents an hour-plus odyssey full of eccentric surprises and loveable chaos. (Amazon.co.uk)

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