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CD Cover Brahms The Late Piano Works Classification: CD of the Month 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: Star Tracks 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 Dvorak Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" Classification: Dvorak 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 Hartyga - Amyrsanaa Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0177-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Hartyga are a Russian World / Rock Music band. Nachyn Choreve fronts with his very distinctive throat singing, backed by heavy percussion and guitars. Folksy song texts in English are included, but it's the beats that count and these are great!

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CD Cover Viktor Kalabis Sonatas Classification: Supraphon New Label: Supraphon CD Number:SU 4210-2 Price:£13.36

Comment:These Sonatas by Viktor Kalabis (1923 - 2006) are late works composed in the wake of the Russian occupation of 1968, the Cello and Clarinet Sonatas reflect that tragic period. These are important works by a great Czech composer.

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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 Stravinsky - Persephone Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 688 Price:£13.93

Comment:Persephone, composed by Stravinsky in the period May 1933 - January 1934 is described as a Melodrama, a mix of speech, song and dance. In which Persephone is taken to the underworld and beyond. One of Stravinsky's masterworks and still little known.

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CD Cover Antonin Brossmann Classification: New Label: Arta CD Number:F0001 Price:£12.54

Comment:Roman Valek and his Czech Baroque Ensemble rediscover two lost composers of the Bohemian Baroque. Antonin Masat (1692 - 1748) represented by his short Te Deum and Antonin Brossmann (1731 - 1798), by his Vesperae Solennes which are not!

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CD Cover Strauss, Debussy, Ligeti Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 721 Price:£13.93

Comment:The first recording by Jonathan Nott as Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is a selection of orchestral works, each with a very different sound that play around games. Debussy outdoors, Strauss in the kitchen and Ligeti with acoustics.

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CD Cover Bach - Silbermann - Svoboda Classification: New Label: Arta CD Number:F10229 Price:£12.54

Comment:Pavel Svoboda has programmed his selection of Bach organ works to switch between the Prelude/Fantasia/Toccata and Fugue large scale pieces to his arrangement of chorales. The 1721 Silbermann organ in Rotha, Germany sounds just wonderful.

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