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Featured Releases - April 2018


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 ‘Egyptian’
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 ‘Egyptian’

Descharmes • Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Soustrot

FINAL VOLUME

Saint-Saëns’s mature creative genius shines throughout these last two piano concertos, looking back over a glorious musical ancestry while at the same time opening the door to new worlds. The Fourth Piano Concerto is prescient of both his great Organ Symphony and the concertos of Rachmaninov, revealing Saint-Saëns at his most inspired and innovative… Read more

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KOŽELUCH, L.: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, ‘Hail to the Monarch’
Leopold KOŽELUCH (1747–1818)
Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, ‘Hail to the Monarch’

Vylíčilová • Kořínek • Moravec • F. Dvořák • Martinů Voices • Prague Symphony Orchestra • Štilec

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

The coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791 came at a difficult time for European monarchs, although Leopold himself enjoyed a reputation as an enlightened ruler. Two musical works were commissioned for the occasion: Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito and Koželuch’s cantata Heil dem Monarchen. The cantata, by turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic, was well received… Read more

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BROUWER, L.: The Book of Signs • BELLINATI, P.: Concerto Caboclo
Leo BROUWER (b. 1939)
The Book of Signs
Paulo BELLINATI (b. 1950)
Concerto Caboclo

Brasil Guitar Duo • Delaware Symphony Orchestra • Amado

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS

These two concertos show the increasing importance of the guitar duo on the world’s concert stages. Leo Brouwer, one of the foremost Latin American composers, has written many admired guitar concertos but The Book of Signs is his first for two guitars, a double concerto of great virtuosity, with a majestic, songful theme in its central movement… Read more


GRAINGER, P.: Complete Music for Wind Band, Vol. 2
Percy GRAINGER (1882–1961)
Complete Music for Wind Band, Vol. 2

Carr • Sveen • Royal Norwegian Navy Band • Engeset

INCLUDES WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS

Percy Grainger admired the expressive intensity of the wind band and considered it a more suitable medium for the transcription of early music—such as the Bach and Ferrabosco pieces heard here—than the symphony orchestra. In this second volume of his music for wind ensemble (Volume 1 is on 8.573679) there are further examples from the 23 Chosen Gems for WindsRead more


ROSSINI, G.: Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), Vol. 8
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), Vol. 8
Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 1

Marangoni • Dindo • Favaro • Jørstad • Taddia • Ars Cantica Choir • Berrini

INCLUDES WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS

Featuring ten première recordings and a number of recently discovered ‘Sins of Old Age’ manuscripts unassigned to specific volumes, this album brings together a notable diversity of genres and instrumentation. They include the catchy Allegretto for violin and piano that Rossini used as his musical calling card… Read more

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Julian Lloyd Webber – A Span of Time
Julian Lloyd Webber – A Span of Time
Julian Lloyd Webber • Jiaxin Lloyd Webber • John Lenehan

Julian Lloyd Webber, one of the world’s most admired cellists, notably expanded his instrument’s repertoire in the concert hall and on disc. In this retrospective of his art he can be heard as soloist, arranger and conductor. These are the last recordings that Lloyd Webber made before announcing his retirement from playing… Read more

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