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CD Cover Dvorak Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" Classification: CD of the Month Label: Arta CD Number:F10230 Price:£12.54

Comment:Dvorak's most famous composition, one of the most recorded of all works of Classical music, sounding completely different when played on period instruments. It continues the cycle of Symphonies by period instrument orchestra Music Florea.

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CD Cover Oh Tomcat - Romanovska - Tichy - Hruby Classification: Star Tracks Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0165-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:The combo of violin, koto, bass, bass clarinet, clarinet and tenor saxophone, suggests Jazz, but is a mix of Jazz and Contemporary Classical improvised in the moment, yet suggesting fully worked out pieces. There's vivid sound on an intriguing album!

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CD Cover David Kollar and Arve Henriksen - Illusion of A Separate World Classification: Jazz Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0178-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:David Kollar plays electric guitar, electronics and synths. Arve Henriksen plays trumpet, vocal, drums, keyboards and electronics. They create a sonic landscape in which to immerse onself, and to be reminded of images in films by Andrei Tarkovsky.

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CD Cover Szymon Mika Trio and Guests Togetherness Classification: Jazz Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0175-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Leading on guitar Szymon Mika is joined in his trio by Max Mucha, bass and Ziv Ravitz, drums, while Basia Derlak, vocals, joachim Mencel, hurdy-gurdy and Mateusz Palka guest in Szymon's originals. Songs texts are printed in English in the booklet.

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CD Cover Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni Classification: SACD Label: Channel Classics CD Number:CCS SA 40318 Price:£14.99

Comment:A chart topping SACD of Vivaldi's Le Quattro Stagioni with Rachel Podger leading her Brecon Baroque playing one to a part on period instruments. With only eight musicians this brings out extraordinary details, in a warm SACD Surround Sound acoustic.

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CD Cover Vivaldi - Barocco Sempre Giovane Classification: New Label: Arta CD Number:40087 Price:£12.54

Comment:Barocco Sempre Giovane was founded in 2004 by Josef Krecmer. Their repertoire extends from the Baroque to Contemporary music. On this disc they play concertos and orchestral pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, the ultimate Baroque master!

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CD Cover Brahms The Late Piano Works Classification: New Label: Romeo Records CD Number:7327 Price:£12.54

Comment:Master pianist Carig Sheppard plays these late piano works of Brahms, in which his sums up his creative life in a positive manner that also looks back with tinges of nostalgia. These short pieces also point the way forward to a new pianistic outlook.

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CD Cover Kalliope Trio Prague Classification: New Label: Artesmon CD Number:AS 746-2 Price:£12.54

Comment:Kalliope Trio Prague are - Marketa Vokacova, violin, Jan Zeman, cello, Alena Gerslova, piano. Martinu's delightful Bergerettes date from 1938, but not heard until after his death in 1959. Likewise, Shostakovich's Trio became famous after his death.

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CD Cover Transfigured Night - Haydn and Schoenberg Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 717 Price:£13.93

Comment:Alisa Weilerstein sees this recording as a memory of her grandparents who fled Vienna, city of Haydn and Schoenberg, in the 1930s. Her cello can be heard in the Schoenberg although it is not a concerto. Haydn emerges as freshy minted.

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CD Cover Nino Rota - Il Gattopardo - OST Classification: New Label: Quartet Records CD Number:QR327 Price:£21.62

Comment:Here is the complete original soundtrack recording of Nino Rota's wonderful music for Luchino Visconti's 1963 masterpiece - Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). These two discs include the music as heard in the film, all the stereo tracks and bonus material.

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