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Puts: Symphony No. 2 - Flute Concerto
Walker Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop,
Adam Walker

Naxos 8.559794

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, Kevin Puts now stands in the forefront of contemporary American composers. His powerfully conceived Symphony No. 2 is a musical illustration of the events of 9/11 and traces a movement from unsuspecting bliss and rhapsody through violent upheaval to a reflective epilogue that contains both uncertainty and hope. Possibly inspired by thoughts of the Mississippi, River's Rush employs novel harmonies, while elegant transparency distinguishes the refined beauty of the Flute Concerto.

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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
Christian Tetzlaff; Lars Vogt
Ondine ODE1284-2

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff together with pianist Lars Vogt offer an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the artist duo. Johannes Brahms' Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888, at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Asmik Grigorian, Irina Shishkova, Mikhail Guzhov, Igor Morozov, Vadim Volkov,
Constantine Orbelian

Delos DE3517

The incomparable Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky — best known for his Verdi roles — is joined by rising star soprano Asmik Grigorian and other notable singers in a gripping album of Russian arias and scenes that marks his return to the operatic masterpieces of his homeland.

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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6, Op. 111 &
Waltz Suite, Op. 110

Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
Naxos 8.573518

Prokofiev started work on his Sixth Symphony in 1945 and, unlike the victorious mood of the Fifth, it reveals a darker response to war and its consequences. The work was condemned by the "Zhdanov decree" but composer and critics regarded the symphony highly, the noble yet anguished threnody of its central largo balanced by the painful violence of the outer movements. The work's ending has been described as "one of the most shattering in the repertoire". With themes both capricious and sensuous, the Waltz suite recycles material from earlier scores to create a remarkably effective quasi-symphonic entity.

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Re: Imagined
Zuill Bailey; Ying Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92204

When a string quartet and a cellist have the opportunity to collaborate, it is almost always to play the magnificent Schubert Quintet in C Major. Not surprisingly, as this monumental work would make it into any discussion of chamber music's GOAT - greatest of all time. In fact, the Ying Quartet's ongoing collaboration with cellist, Zuill Bailey, has featured many performances of the Schubert Quintet. For this recording project, however, we were eager to explore repertoire for cello quintet beyond the Schubert. In our own, new arrangement of Schumann's wonderful Cello Concerto and an 1832 arrangement of Beethoven's well-known masterpiece, the "Kreutzer" Sonata originally for violin and piano, we consider two celebrated works from their original versions and present them here powerfully reimagined for cello quintet.

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Dutilleux: Sur le même accord, Les citations,
Mystère de l'instant & Timbres, espace, mouvement

Seattle Symphony Ludovic Morlot,
conductor Augustin Hadelich, violin Mary Lynch,
oboe Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord Jordan Anderson,
bass Michael A. Werner, percussion Elisa Barston,
violin Chester Englander, cimbalom

Seattle Symphony Orchestra SSM1012

This new release is the third volume in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Grammy Award-winning Dutilleux cycle. Especially notable on this installment, is the inclusion of a live performance of Dutilleux’s masterpiece “Timbres, espace, mouvement.” German-born violinist Augustin Hadelich is featured on this recording of “Sur le meme accord.” He performs on the 1723 Kiesewetter Stradivarius violin, provided by the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

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Mendelssohn: Violin Sonatas
Madeline Adkins; Luis Magalhaes
TwoPianists TP1039329

One of the most incredible child prodigies in the history of Western music, Felix Mendelssohn’s talents were inhuman. The compositions that were chosen for this program show a young master at work. The Sonata in F major was composed in 1820 when the composer was just eleven years old. In 1824, when Mendelssohn was only 15, he wrote his Sonata in F minor. These early works show that talent cannot be measured only in years. Violinist Madeline Adkins has been called “deliciously exuberant” by the Baltimore Sun. This release celebrates Madeline’s new position as Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. She is joined by TwoPianists co-founder Luis Magalhaes.

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To Keep the Dark Away
Gayle Martin
Ravello RR7937

Pianist Gayle Martin achieved international prominence as the sole American laureate of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. The Washington Post called her performance "a tour de force" and praised her artistry for its 'intense passion and deep-seated emotional response to the music." A native of Texas, Gayle was a student of Madame Rosina Lhévinne at The Julliard School, where she was awarded the coveted Josef Lhévinne Price. Gayle's vivid response to literature, sacred writings, ballet and opera inspired this Ravello release To Keep the Dark Away, which pairs the emotional fervor, lyrical eloquence and narrative power of contemporary composer Judith Shatin with those same qualities in composers themselves.

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Roma æterna
New York Polyphony
BIS BIS-2203

New York Polyphony has already found resounding success for their recordings with BIS. Their three previous discs, endBeginning, Times go by Turns, and Sing thee Nowell,have all been highly praised by critics worldwide, and each have received Grammy Award nominations. This new release, Roma aeterna, explores the Eternal City with a programme of 16th century music centered around two of the most influential composers of the time, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Tomas Luis de Victoria. The beautiful polyphony for which Palestrina is known has influenced composers and musicians across generations. His Missa Papae Marcelli, featured on this disc, is heralded as the pinnacle of vocal music from his era. Tomas Luis de Victoria was Spanish-born, but traveled to Rome to study music in 1765. During his twenty year stay, he composed a great deal of sacred music, including his Missa O quam gloriosum and his motet Gaudent in caelis, both of which are performed on this release.

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Peter Scott Lewis: The Four Cycles
Susan Narucki, Soprano;
Christine Abraham, Mezzo-Soprano; Colin McAllister, Guitar; Keisuke Nakagoshi, Stephen Gosling, Pianos;
The New York Virtuoso Singers Quartet

Naxos 8.559815

Peter Scott Lewis is based in San Francisco, and his deeply expressive music is much in demand across the world. Performed here by renowned artists, The Four Cycles collects his complete vocal music to date. Where the Heart Is Pure depicts the natural world around the Skagit River in Washington State where the poet Robert Sund, a close friend of the composer, made his home. Themes of light and love are embraced by the rich sonorities of a vocal quartet, while the Three Songs From Ish River examine the history of the Pacific Northwest.

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Guitar Recital: João Carlos Victor
João Carlos Victor
Naxos 8.573670

Winner of the 2015 Tarrega Guitar Competition, Joao Carlos Victor brings us a captivating and imaginative program with numerous transcriptions of his own and a premiere recording of music dedicated to him with Paulo Rios Filho's dramatic Repeter. The music of John Dowland stands at the heart of this album, the mystery and melancholy of his chromatic fantasias providing moments of reflection between the theatricality of Rodrigo's Invocacion y Danza, Tarrega's luminous mazurkas, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco's brightly neo-classical Sonata.

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