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CD Cover Gabriel Dupont Complete Piano Music Classification: CD of the Month Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1699 Price:£14.99

Comment:Gabriel Dupont (1878-1914) was afflicted by an illness that killed him, at the age of 36, on the day World War 1 commenced. His opera La Glu had people talking of the next Carmen. On these two discs are his complete piano works to be discovered.

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CD Cover Marian Varga - Happenings Classification: Star Tracks Label: Hev-Het Tune CD Number:EH 0026-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Remembering Marian Varga (1947-2017) with these collectively and totally improvised pieces, with Marian, keyboards, Julius Fujak, drums, Jan Kavan, cello, DJ Fero, turntables, David Subik, trombone and Peter Varsavik, guitar. Off the wall music!

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CD Cover Liszt - Sardanapalo Classification: New Label: Audite CD Number:97.764 Price:£14.99

Comment:Liszt had operatic ambitions, realised in Sardanapalo, the tale of an Assyrian king who found it difficult to make war. Liszt ran into difficulties, put his opera aside unfinished. Now we can hear all that survives through David Trippett's realisation.

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CD Cover Olivier Messiaen - Catalogue d'Oiseaux Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC5186 670 Price:£33.99

Comment:Messiaen's catalogue of bird song reimagined for piano is one of the greatest piano works of the 20th century. An enthralling ornithological journey lasting around 150 minutes. Amazing playing by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who explains much on a bonus DVD.

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CD Cover Missa Tu Es Petrus Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS1698 Price:£12.54

Comment:Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina (c.1525-1594) composed some of the greatest religious choral music of all time. His unique sound-world is recreated on this disc by the New York based Choir of St. Luke in the Fields. English texts are included.

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CD Cover Bohuslav Martinu Songs Classification: Supraphon New Label: Supraphon CD Number:SU 4235-2 Price:£13.36

Comment:Most of the songs in this selection would be composed by the young Martinu. Their Folk texts came from published collections - Martinu was not a field collector like Bartok. Supraphon provide detailed progrmme notes and their texts in English.

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CD Cover Petr Eben - Sunday Music Classification: New Label: Arta CD Number:F10233 Price:£12.54

Comment:These organ works by Petr Eben (1929-2007) date between 1957 and 2002. For organist Jaroslav Tuma they have a special sound that he's matched to instruments in the Czech Republic and Germany.

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CD Cover Short Pieces Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0148-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Past and Present are Simen Kiil Halvorsen, trumpet and Alexander Hoholm, bass, they are joined on their album by Andrew D'Angelo, alto saxophone. There are guests on piano and drums on several tracks. Sounds Classical, alongside Jazz improvisation!

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CD Cover The God Marduk - Works for Violin, Viola and Piano by Andrew Downes Classification: Andrew Downes Label: EM Records CD Number:EMRCD056 Price:£12.99

Comment:These violin and piano works by Andrew Downes showcase his interests in musical forms and their sometimes non-musical inspiration. The Sacred Mass was originally played in monasteries, while The God Marduk, goes back to 2nd century BC, Babylon.

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CD Cover Nino Rota - Il Gattopardo - OST Classification: Film Scores 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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