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CD Cover Russian Trumpet Sonatas Classification: CD of the Month Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1697 Price:£12.54

Comment:Eight Russian composers from the 20th century up to the present, and all probably not on any musical RADAR. Their trumpet sonatas range over wide terrain, with the common theme of being playble and tuneful. Iskander Akhmadullin is amazing!

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CD Cover Stories Collected (Historie zebrane) Classification: Star Tracks Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0169-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:MOW (Let's Speak) are Ania Bratek, vocals, Aga Derlak, piano and vocals, Mateusz Szewczyk, bass, Patryk Zakrzewski, percussion and guest on some tracks Jakub Mizeracki, guitar. Songs inspired by real life to sense and feel.

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CD Cover Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 640 Price:£22.99

Comment:Like several classic works, Swan Lake proved a disaster at its first performances in 1877, and is known today by the version that appeared in 1893. These magnificent SACDs present Tchaikovsky's original 1877 score complete as he composed it.

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CD Cover Sir John Barbirolli - Strauss, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Sibelius Classification: Historic-Archive Label: The Barbirolli Society CD Number:SJB 1092-93 Price:£15.99

Comment:In 1963 Sir John Barbirolli and the Philharmonia Orchestra toured South America. Now you can hear their wonderful performances, for the first time, preserved in good Mono sound. Loving Dvorak, exciting Sibelius, glorious Strauss and amazing Stravinsky.

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CD Cover Martinu - What Men Live By Classification: Supraphon New Label: Supraphon CD Number:SU 4233-2 Price:£13.36

Comment:The last Martinu recordings by the great Jiri Belohlavek present a World Premiere recording of a beautiful Opera-Pastoral from 1952 and Symphony No. 1 composed in 1942, Martinu's first American commisison that would take him in new directions.

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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 Antonin Brossmann Classification: Baroque 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 HARTYGA - Amyrsanaa Classification: World Music 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 Humoresques Classification: Dvorak Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1662 Price:£12.54

Comment:Daria Rabotkina is on the music faculty of the Texas State University as Assistant Professor of Piano. Her inventive programme features Humoresques, that are mainly quite short. The one by Schumann lasting 28 minutes. Those by Reger will surprise!

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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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