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Paul Nilon & Stephen Gadd Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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Myrios Classics

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Edvard GRIEG & Johannes BRAHMS Introspective—Retrospective [Hybrid SACD]

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Hagen Quartet Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt: violins Veronika Hagen: viola Clemens Hagen: cello Jörg Widmann: clarinet GRIEG: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 • BRAHMS: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 The Hagen Quartet, winner of the Echo Klassik Award 2011, presents a second album commemorating its 30th anniversary on the Myrios Classics label. The disc combines two works, which are particularly revealing as regards the emotions of their composers: Edvard Grieg’s introspective String Quartet, Op. 27, and Johannes Brahms’s retrospective legacy, the Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115, masterfully performed with Jörg Widmann. Playable in all CD players. For optimal sound, use compatible surround sound system.

PERFORMANCE DATES February 23 Ann Arbor, MI – Rackham Auditorium February 24 Kalamazoo, MI – Dalton Center February 26 Boston, MA – Jordan Hall February 27 Montreal, QB – New Hall, Place des Arts February 28 Cleveland, OH – Plymouth Church

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CORO

Release Date: March 13, 2012

The Sixteen

The Italian Connection Cat # CRO 16099 Price Code: 3Q (SRP $47.99) Number of Discs: 1 Box Set, Box Lot 5 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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The Sixteen Harry Christophers: director A. SCARLATTI: 4 works incl. Te Deum & Stabat Mater • LOTTI: Crucifixus • PALESTRINA: Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Assumpta est Maria, 4 more • ALLEGRI: Miserere mei, 2 more • ANERIO: 4 works • MARENZIO: Che fa oggi il mio sole • CALDARA: Crucifius & Stabat Mater • A. GABRIELI: De profundis • MONTEVERDI: Domine ne in furore tuo • CAVALLI: Salve Regina • G. GABRIELI: Hodie completi sunt • LASSUS: 2 works • STEFFANI: Stabat Mater • HANDEL: Dixit Dominus Featuring five of The Sixteen’s most celebrated recordings, The Italian Collection is a sumptuous anthology of music. From Allegri’s hauntingly beautiful Miserere to the virtuosity, vibrant color, and dynamic energy of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, this collection spans three centuries of glorious Italian choral music. Little-known treasures such as Anerio’s glorious 12-part setting of the Stabat Mater sit side by side with Palestrina’s Assumpta Est Maria and Lotti’s Crucifixus. also available

The Sixteen Palestrina Volume 1 Cat # CRO 16091 Price Code: Q (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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MONTEVERDI Selva morale e spirituale Cat # CRO 16087 Price Code: Q (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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CORO

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Tomás Luis de VICTORIA Sacred Music: God’s Composer Cat # CRO 16100 Price Code: N Number of Discs: 1 Amaray, Box Lot 25 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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The Sixteen Harry Christophers: director Simon Russell Beale: presenter VICTORIA: Sancta Maria Succure Miseris • Salve Regina • Super flumina Babylonis • Tenebrae Responsory for Maundy Thursday No. 6 “Seniores populi” • Vidi Speciosam • O Quam Gloriosum • Lamentation for Holy Saturday Lectio I • Communio & Kyrie from Requiem • Congratulamini mihi Broadcast on the BBC in December 2011, this celebratory episode of the acclaimed Sacred Music series marks the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest choral composers of the Renaissance. Interwoven with Victoria’s music, the documentary follows Simon Russell Beale as he takes us through the life and times of the composer. Bonus features include six free audio tracks, exclusive interviews, and artist biographies. NTSC, Region 0, 16:9 (Widescreen), Color, English w/ Spanish Sub (Stereo), Not Rated, Run Time: 60 min. BELOW PRICE CHANGES EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2012 Sacred Music: Series One Cat # CRO 16078 Price Code: 2N Number of Discs: 2 d

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An Easter Celebration Cat # CRO 16079 Price Code: N Number of Discs: 1 d

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Berlin Classics

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Franz SCHUBERT Wanderer Fantasie

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Matthias Kirschnereit: piano SCHUBERT: Hungarian Melody in B minor, D 817 • March in E, D 606 • Scherzo in B-flat, D 593, No. 1 • Sonata in A minor, D 845 • Andante in C, D 29 • “Wanderer Fantasy” in C, D 760 • Allegretto in C minor, D 915 “This is a recital so extraordinarily played that comparisons become superfluous—no matter how many other good versions you might own, you simply have to sample artistry as exalted as this.” — Fanfare Matthias Kirschnereit sees a theme running like a thread throughout his new Schubert CD: “It comprises for the most part works from his early and middle periods, in which the dark, despairing, and brusque side of the composer is revealed as well as a Schubert who squarely faces life, and who is exuberant and even boldly daredevil.” Matthias Kirschnereit displays a highly developed sense of the nuances, as well as the rough contrasts, required to follow in Schubert’s footsteps. also available

SCHUMANN Scenes for Piano Cat # BER 16682 Price Code: S (SRP $18.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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Nimbus Alliance

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Richard BLACKFORD Not In Our Time

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Paul Nilon: tenor Stephen Gadd: baritone Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Gavin Carr: conductor BLACKFORD: Not In Our Time “A paean of and to hope, a proclamation of shared humanity … this is a serious piece, but infinitely rewarding.” — Gramophone “Fiercely paced and vividly dramatic, it’s a huge sing and a grateful one. Blackford has proceeded fearlessly, intuitively, but with confidence in his own craft, which is considerable. Not In Our Time is a terrific piece whose textual content may cause choirs and audiences to think: is this for us? Emphatically it is.” — The Telegraph Not In Our Time was commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus to mark their centenary in 2011. It takes the attack on the World Trade Center as the focal point of a work that explores the theme of war declared in the name of religion, from the speeches of George Bush and Barack Obama to the 11th-century texts of the First Crusade. This poignant juxtaposition of texts, alongside the vast emotional range of the symphony orchestra, gives voice to the complex questions that surround these events.

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Reference Recordings

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Léo DELIBES

Sylvia & Coppélia BUZZ ALERT

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San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Martin West: conductor DELIBES: Sylvia (extended suite from ballet) • Coppélia (extended suite from ballet) Léo Delibes’ Coppélia is a pure delight, a feast of musicality and humor for all ages, and probably the greatest ballet comedy ever written! This disc also presents Delibes’ Sylvia, a romance filled with sighs of longing and the thrill of infatuation. Set in antiquity, the ballet literally places love on a pedestal in the person of the Greek god Eros. The San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, was also one of the first dance companies to have its own permanent body of musicians. By the 1990s the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra was generally regarded as one of the finest ballet orchestras in the world. Notably, in 1995, the Orchestra accompanied 12 international dance companies, as well as San Francisco Ballet, during the ambitious weeklong United We Dance Festival, which promoted international communication and understanding. also available

CHIHARA The Tempest Cat # REF 10 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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PHI

Release Date: March 13, 2012

J.S. BACH

Mass in B minor, BWV 232 BUZZ ALERT

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Dorothee Mields, Hana Blazikova: sopranos Damien Guillon: countertenor Thomas Hobbs: tenor Peter Kooij: bass Collegium Vocale Gent Philippe Herreweghe: conductor J.S. BACH: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 Philippe Herreweghe’s lasting interest in the works of the Cantor of Leipzig has turned him into a man whose views evolve as he delves deeper into his subject matter. The joy & pride that he feels in having forged musical tools that have reached maturity, has led him to come back on a Missa that has never ceased to intrigue him: the Catholic Missa of Protestant composer Bach. Together with a handful of excellent soloists and a Collegium vocally and instrumentally at its best, Herreweghe delivers a work that must be savored. also available

MAHLER Symphony No. 4 Cat # PHY 1 Price Code: S (SRP $18.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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J.S. BACH Motets BWV 225–230 Cat # PHY 2 Price Code: S (SRP $18.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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Stone Records

Release Date: March 13, 2012

ALLEGRO CLASSICAL presents The stone records songbook “Baritone Mark Stone has it all: a terrific technique, theatrical presence, and a voice guaranteed to tingle bits of your spine never tingled before.” — Classic FM Geraldine McGreevy: soprano Mark Stone: baritone Sholto Kynoch: piano WOLF: The Italian Songbook (complete) Stone Records is delighted to announce the third volume of the acclaimed complete edition of the songs of Hugo Wolf (1860–1903)! This latest disc comprises all 46 songs of his Italian songbook. Written in frenzied bouts of composition, these songs show Wolf at his most quixotically quirky, ranging in emotion from comic to divinely beautiful. A collaboration with the famous Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s largest art song festival, the series will be the first complete edition of Wolf Lieder—a considerable number of which remain unrecorded! Starting in 2010, the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Oxford Lieder is promoting a series of concerts encompassing every song, all of which will be recorded and released on the Stone Records label.

Hugo WOLF

The Complete Songs,Vol. 3 Cat # SNR 80116 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 d

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Mark Stone: baritone Stephen Barlow: piano DELIUS: 34 songs, including 20 world premieres Stone Records is thrilled to announce the concluding CD in a two-disc series that comprises the first complete recording of the songs of Frederick Delius (1862–1934) for voice and piano. Produced in association with 217 Records and supported by the Delius Society and the Ireland Trust, the series is being released in time for the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. This second volume, which includes 20 premiere recordings, features all of Delius’ songs to German, French, Swedish, and Danish texts, the Scandinavian being sung in English translation. Mark Stone is critically acclaimed for his performances on stage and in concert, and his forthcoming engagements include his debut for Cologne Opera, concerts around Europe, and return visits to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and The Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Frederick DELIUS

The Complete Delius Songbook,Vol. 2 Cat # SNR 80109 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 World Premiere Recordings

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Stone Records

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Internationally renowned baritone Mark Stone founded Stone Records in 2008 to produce high quality, comprehensive editions of English song. In a short time, the label has developed an impressive range of repertoire and artists, including song, choral, chamber, orchestral, and live recordings. With a current and soon-to-be-released catalog that boasts premieres of the complete songs of George Butterworth, Frederick Delius, C.W. Orr, Havergal Brian, John Ireland, Roger Quilter, and Hugo Wolf—as well as new works by composers Ronald Corp and Paul Carr—Stone Records is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new UK classical labels!

Hugo WOLF

The Complete Songs,Vol. 1 Stone Records’ first Oxford Lieder Live release, a unique collaboration with the famous Oxford Lieder Festival.

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Hugo WOLF

The Complete Songs,Vol. 2 The second volume in a series that comprises the first complete recording of the songs of Hugo Wolf (1860–1903).

Cat # SNR 80093 Price Code: P (SRP $16.99) Number of Discs: 1 PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE

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Frederick DELIUS

The Complete Delius Songbook,Vol. 1 The first CD issue in a set of the complete recordings of the songs of Frederick Delius (1862–1934).

Cat # SNR 80062 Price Code: P (SRP $16.99) Number of Discs: 1 PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE

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Ronald CORP

The Songs of Ronald Corp First-ever recording of songs by living composer Ronald Corp, including his settings of Housman and Whitman.

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George BUTTERWORTH

The Complete Butterworth Songbook The first complete recording of all 30 songs by George Butterworth (1885–1916).

Cat # SNR 80024 Price Code: P (SRP $16.99) Number of Discs: 1 PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE

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SOMM Recordings

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Peter Katin: piano RACHMANINOV: The Complete Preludes “These recordings were made when Katin was at the height of his formidable powers, a much-loved figure on concert platforms around the world. A renowned specialist in 19th- and 20th-century Romantic and Impressionist repertoire, Rachmaninov was one of Katin’s particular strengths.” — Sunday Times This beautifully remastered CD by revered pianist Peter Katin appeared in the SOMM catalog recently as a tribute to Peter Katin’s 80th birthday. It was first recorded on two LPs on the Unicorn label in 1972, when the artist was at the height of his powers. It then reappeared on two CDs on the Olympia label in 1987, and made another brief reappearance in 1994 on the Pickwick label.

Sergei RACHMANINOV The Complete Preludes Cat # SMM 110 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Thomas Beecham: conductor HANDEL: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 10 • R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel, Op. 28 • Don Juan, Op. 20 • J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 • RAVEL: Rapsodie espagnole This amazing Beecham/Furtwängler release contains works from two concerts that Furtwängler was to have conducted at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in January 1955. Sadly, he passed away in November 1954 and Sir Thomas Beecham conducted the two concerts with the repertoire as arranged, in memory of their friendship and as an affectionate tribute to the great German conductor. The two has been friends since the 1920s, each playing host when visiting the other’s country. The source material comes from off-the air recordings of these live performances, and is absolutely unique!

Sir Thomas BEECHAM Beecham and Furtwängler Cat # SMM BEE 31 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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Release Date: March 13, 2012

Evil Penguin Records

Benjamin-Joseph Steens Bach and Sons

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Benjamin-Joseph Steens: clavichord Jacques-Antoine Bresch: flute J.S. BACH: Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020 • Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in E-flat, BWV 998 • Sonata in E-flat, BWV 1031 • C.P.E. BACH: Fantasia in C, Wq 61, No. 6 • Sonata in C, Wq 87 • J.C.F. BACH: Sonata in C for flute & keyboard • W.F. BACH: Sonata No. 6 in A minor for keyboard Sometimes, commercial risks can become unexpected bestsellers! In keeping with 18th-century home entertainment preferences, the Evil Penguin asked keyboard virtuoso Benjamin-Joseph Steens to record Bach’s Goldberg Variations on a clavichord instead of a harpsichord, and this recording became a hit (first on YouTube, now on CD)! On his new album, Steens confronts the delicacy of his clavichord with the colorful intimacy of Jacques-Antoine Bresch’s flute, in an unprecedented exploration of keyboard and flute music.

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J.S. BACH Organ Works Cat # EPR 3 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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J.S. BACH Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Cat # EPR 7 Price Code: 2I (SRP $21.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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TRITON

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Sergei Edelmann: piano J.S. BACH: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 • Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 • Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830 During his silence from the recording market, Sergei Edelmann devoted a considerable amount of time to teaching. Of course, J.S. Bach is one of the most important composers students must learn, and it seems that Edelmann has deepened his understanding of this great giant from the Baroque period through teaching, researching, and analyzing. The playing in this recording reflects those profound experiences. Playable in all CD players. For optimal sound, use compatible surround sound system.

J.S. BACH

Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue [Hybrid SACD] Cat # EXN TRI 5021 Price Code: Y (SRP $24.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 30 d

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Sergei Edelmann: piano CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 • Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 • Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 • Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1 • Nocturne No. 14 in F-sharp minor, Op. 48, No. 2 A double CD filled with beautiful, grand Chopin works played by Sergei Edelmann, including the two sonatas composed at the height of Chopin’s powers. Edelmann, a pianist celebrating a sensational return to the recording market after a long silence, shows a maturity full of nuances, colors, and expressions. His masterful playing is beautifully captured on this splendid recording by the EXTON crew. Playable in all CD players. For optimal sound, use compatible surround sound system.

Frédéric CHOPIN

Piano Sonatas 2 & 3 [Hybrid SACD] Cat # EXN TRI 93074 Price Code: 2S (SRP $37.99) Number of Discs: 2 Jewel Case, Box Lot 30 d

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Release Date: March 13, 2012

Challenge Classics

Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Jan Willem de Vriend: conductor BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36 • Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55 “Eroica” A refreshing new recording of the Beethoven symphonies, through the eyes of conductor Jan Willem de Vriend and his orchestra! De Vriend’s name as a symphonic conductor is emerging fast in the music world, and this first volume of the Beethoven series is a fine musical signature. Playable in all CD players. For optimal sound, use compatible surround sound system.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN

Symphonies 2 & 3 [Hybrid SACD]

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Summit Education JD Shaw: French horn University of New Mexico Wind Symphony Eric Rombach-Kendall: conductor MERTENS: Poseidon • BECKEL: The Glass Bead Game • PIAZZOLLA: A Piazzolla Trilogy • DEJONGE: Mystic Dance Music and imagination have always been linked together as a symbiotic pair. Whether by intention or by chance, music inspires, touching that part of the human mind that imagines things. Here, world-class hornist JD Shaw (former Boston Brass hornist) joins with the experienced conducting of Eric Rombach-Kendall and the talented musicians of the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony to perform a collection of works in which artistry, colors, passion, and sorrow illustrate “Tales of Imagination.” JD Shaw is currently Professor of French Horn at the University of New Mexico and was formerly the French hornist with internationally acclaimed Boston Brass, where he was creative director, music arranger, and co-owner of the ensemble. JD is an active solo artist and travels extensively throughout the United States as well as many countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2010, he was the featured recitalist at the 42nd International Horn Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. He has been a featured performer on NPR’s Performance Today and the CBS Morning Show.

UNM Wind Symphony

Tales of Imagination Cat # SMT 586 Price Code: Q (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 30 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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Melodiya

Release Date: March 13, 2012 USSR State Symphony Orchestra Evgeny Svetlanov: conductor LYADOV: From the Apocalypse • About Olden Times • Baba Yaga • The Enchanted Lake • Kikimora • Eight Russian Folk Songs Anatoly Lyadov was born in 1855 and grew up surrounded by arts and music. A teacher in the St. Petersburg Conservatory, a conductor, and a composer, his musical heritage presents a truly outstanding phenomenon of Russian musical culture. Although relatively small, it is a bright testimony of his creative search as well as his interest in, and proximity to, Russian folklore. He mostly composed pieces of a smaller scale for instruments, orchestra, and choir. The composer’s works for orchestra have something in common with the folk-genre symphonism of Mikhail Glinka and Alexander Dargomyzhsky, or the symphonic pictures of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Anatoly LYADOV Symphonic Works Cat # MYD 1001873 Price Code: J (SRP $9.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 35 d

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Various pianists ˇ CIURLIONIS: Piano works ˇ Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875–1911)—the father of Lithuanian professional music, a composer, artist, philosopher, and poet—embodied the idea of a synthesis of arts including music, painting, and poetry. His works have secured a special place not only in the history of Lithuania, but also in the global culture. Through his paintings he tried to express music with color, and as a gifted musician and painter, he felt the need to express himself in both creative spheres. ˇ In his bright yet short life (Ciurlionis died at the age of 35), he created about 300 paintings and about 350 musical compositions, most of which were piano miniatures. He penned symphonic poems In the Forest (1901) and The Sea (1907); overture K˛estutis (1902), cantata for mixed choir and symphonic orchestra De Profundis (1899); and compositions for a capella choir to the texts of the psalms.

ˇ Mikalojus CIURLIONIS Piano Works

Cat # MYD 1001875 Price Code: 2E (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 2 Digipak, Box Lot 20 d

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Melodiya

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Moscow Chamber Choir Vladimir Minin: conductor RACHMANINOV: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31 Musicologists have time and again noted the immediate connection between great 20th century composer Sergei Rachmaninov and Russian culture. Loving church singing with all his heart, comparing it with folk music and considering both in aggregate the primary sources of Russian music, Rachmaninov took up the composing of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with zest. The work was first performed by the Synodal Choir conducted by Danilin in November 1910. In his liturgy, Rachmaninov extensively used intonations of popular vocal music and plainchant, continuing the traditions of his predecessors.

Sergei RACHMANINOV

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Cat # MYD 1001930 Price Code: J (SRP $9.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 20 d

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The USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra Evgeny Svetlanov: conductor TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake • The Sleeping Beauty • The Nutcracker (complete ballets) The repertoire of any ballet company always has three performances penned by the same author—Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky. These are Swan Lake (1877), The Sleeping Beauty (1889), and The Nutcracker (1892). Today, these works are well known to the whole world, but in Tchaikovsky’s time they ushered in a new era of the Russian ballet. Tchaikovsky was one of the first Russian composers who turned to the genre of ballet, adding a self-reliant artistic value to the music. This Firma Melodiya program features music performed by the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra lead by prominent conductor Evgeny Svetlanov. The wealth of Tchaikovsky’s scores, performed by the celebrated orchestra, allows the listeners to become immersed in the magical world of the characters of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker!

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY

The Ballets

Cat # MYD 1001951 Price Code: 8C (SRP $47.99) Number of Discs: 8 Box Set, Box Lot 9 d

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Release Date: March 13, 2012 Hartmut Schill: violin J.S. BACH: Six Sonatas & Partitas for violin solo, BWV 1001–1006 Celebrating the wonderful Chemnitz church from the 13th century, this recording features leading violin player Hartmut Schill. The sound is very special; it has been recorded without any technical high-end equipment and, therefore, the sound is original as it can be.

Hartmut Schill

Bach in Jakobi: Solo Sonatas & Partitas Cat # AVI 7771021 Price Code: 2N (SRP $25.99) Number of Discs: 2 Double Digipak, Box Lot 20 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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Peter Rösel: piano Robert Schumann Quartet KIRCHNER: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 84 • Caprices for piano, Op. 27 • “Only Drops” (Nur Tropfen)—small pieces for string quartet Theodor Kirchner was a close friend of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, famous as a pianist for small piano miniatures and a typical Central European composer of the late Romantic period.

Theodor KIRCHNER Chamber Music

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Trio Jean Paul SCHUBERT: Piano Trio in B-flat, D 28 • Piano Trio in B-flat, D 898 • Piano Trio in D, D 929 • Adagio in E-flat “Notturno” D 897 Trio Jean Paul have been performing around the world for over 20 years, but they have never recorded the Schubert trios before!

Franz SCHUBERT

Piano Trios

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Fryderyk Chopin Society Howard Shelley: piano, conductor Sinfonia Varsovia LESSEL: Piano Concerto in C, Op. 14 • DOBRZYNSKI: Piano Concerto in A-flat, Op. 2 This album restores the magical world of 19th-century Warsaw—the city as it was in Chopin’s youth. Charming piano concertos by Lessel and Dobrzyn´ ski (a school friend of Chopin) provide perfect examples of the sources of Chopin’s style. World-famous British pianist and conductor Howard Shelley regularly gives concerts in Warsaw, invited by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

´ Franciszek LESSEL & Ignacy Feliks DOBRYNSKI Piano Concertos

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Editions Hortus

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Simon Zaoui: tenor David Lefort: piano GOUNOD: Biondina • Venise • La Rondinella pellegrina • Oh! Dille tu! • A la lune • La Veneziana • La Pervenche • Le Ruisseau • TOSTI: Non t’amo più • Tormento • L’ultima canzone Since the beginning of their collaboration in 2004, David Lefort and Simon Zaoui have regularly performed in recital with various programs: French song (Gounod, Poulenc, Fauré, Ravel) and lieder (Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn). In 2007 they attended a master class in interpretation with Ruben Lifschitz at the Abbey of Royaumont. This great specialist of lied and art song led them to discover the little-known score of Biondina by Charles Gounod. They thereupon developed a real affinity for this work, and—encouraged by Ruben—decided to compose a program around this cycle. Biondina, composed in 1872, is historically speaking the first cycle of songs written by a French composer in the 19th century.

Charles GOUNOD

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Phaedra Jozef de Beenhouwer: piano Janáˇcek Philharmonic Orchestra Ivo Venkov: conductor DE BOECK: Piano Concerto • Prelude to the opera Théroigne de Méricourt • Orchestral Suite from the opera Francesca The suite from the opera Francesca finally rescues this accomplished musical drama by late romantic Belgian composer August De Boeck from obscurity! Alongside it, his piano concerto is highly original, fresh, and effervescent, yet solidly constructed.

August DE BOECK Piano Concerto

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DOREMI

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Boris Zarankin: piano SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 143, D 784 • Piano Sonata in B-flat, Op. Posth., D 960 The latest CD from one of Canada’s leading pianists! This is a new audiophile recording made in Summer 2011. Zarankin programs Schubert piano sonatas frequently, and considers them the “specialty” of his artistry.

Boris Zarankin

Schubert: Sonatas

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Julian von Karolyi: piano Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Robert Heger: conductor Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Edmund Nick: conductor TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 • SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 43 • LISZT: Hungarian Fantasy Julian von Karolyi was one of the leading pianists of the 20th century, but has now unjustly faded into obscurity. These concertos were recorded in the early 1950s, at the height of his power. Both are with the famed Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and both are appearing on CD for the first time!

Julian von Karolyi

Tchaikovsky & Schumann: Piano Concertos Cat # DHR 7984 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 First time on cd

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Audiomax

Release Date: March 13, 2012 do.gma chamber orchestra Mikhail Gurewitsch: conductor DIAMOND: Rounds for String Orchestra • FOOTE: Suite in E, Op. 63 • BARBER: Serenade Op. 1 • Adagio, Op. 11 • SCHUMAN: Symphony No. 5 “Presented with youthful élan, magnificent in sound, and with just the right dose of refinement.” — SWR On its second album, American Stringbook, the young do.gma chamber orchestra led by Mikhail Gurewitsch demonstrates its high sound culture mixed with nonstop performance joy and an absolutely enthusing freshness! Playable in all CD players. For optimal sound, use compatible surround sound system.

do.gma chamber orchestra

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KAIROS ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Vienna Ensemble “die reihe” Friedrich Cerha: conductor ORF Chor Erwin Ortner: director CERHA: Und du… • Verzeichnis • Für K “Und Du,” composed in 1963, is a piece about nuclear war, living in a bunker, and Hiroshima. “Für K” was composed for the 70th birthday of sculptor Karl Prantl. The piece is structured into two movements. In the far-shorter second movement, there are no new events; the goings-on are simply turned in a different direction, which lends the music a new “face.” The piece is scored for seven brass instruments (one horn, two trumpets, and four trombones), piano, three percussionists, viola, and violoncello. “Verzeichnis” is a piece based on a list of “witches” burned in 17th century Würzburg, Germany.

Friedrich CERHA Und du…

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Piano 21

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Cyprien Katsaris: piano CHOPIN: Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 15, 20, 6, 7 & 4 • Souvenir de Paganini • Polonaise, Op. 16, No. 1 • Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66 • Wiosna, Op. 74, No. 2 • Contredanse • Valse, Op. 34, No. 2 • Ecossaises, WN 27 • Largo from Cello Sonata, Op. 65 (tr. Cortot) • Etudes, Op. 10, Nos. 12 & 3 • Mazurka, Op. 7, No. 1, Op. 67 • Allegreto • Mazur • Nocturnes, Op. 15, No. 3 & Op. 9, Nos. 2 & 20 • Larghetto from Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 (arr. Chopin for piano solo) Frédéric Chopin is a composer to whom Cyprien Katsaris has returned time and again, notably with his recordings of the complete Sonatas, Ballades, Preludes, Waltzes, Scherzos, and Polonaises and with his memorable “Homage to Chopin” recital at Carnegie Hall on October 17, 1999, the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. This new recording bears witness to Cyprien Katsaris’ devotion to the prodigious pianist and composer. Distilled from various recitals, the program comprises a set of universally loved pieces garnished with lesser-known compositions and some rare transcriptions.

Frédéric CHOPIN

Katsaris Plays Chopin Cat # P21 43 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 d

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EM Records Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Julian Davies, James Goddard, Ra Twilley, Jonathan Kilhams: vocal soloists City of London Choir & Chamber Choir of St. Paul’s Girls’ School Richard Pearce: organ Timothy End: piano Holst Orchestra Hilary Davan Wetton: conductor HOLST: The Coming of Christ • Psalm 86 • Psalm 148 • I love my love • Nunc Dimittis The Coming of Christ was commissioned in 1927 by the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, George Bell, as a setting of a text by John Masefield, forming a Mystery Play reminiscent of medieval religious dramas. Although the work received its premiere the following year to critical acclaim, it was thereafter abandoned until its resurrection at the English Music Festival in 2010. It is presented here, in recorded form, for the first time!

Gustav HOLST

The Coming of Christ Cat # EMR 4 Price Code: J (SRP $9.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT world premiere recordings

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Release Date: March 13, 2012 Organum Marcel Pérès: director DIVITIS: Lux Perpetua • FÉVIN: Requiem This Requiem is known in five sources: two of them mention no composer, two attribute it to Antoine de Févin, and the Occo Codex attributes it to Antoine Divitis. The work is recorded here in the version transmitted by the Occo Codex, a sumptuous, richly illuminated 16th-century manuscript. Composed at the very end of the 15th century, shortly after Iohannes Ockeghem’s setting, this Requiem presents a perfect synthesis of the plainchant tradition and the supreme technical skills of the Franco-Flemish polyphonists who diffused their art throughout Western Europe. The luminous work was discovered at the end of the 20th century, and has not yet received the full measure of attention it deserves.

Anthonius DIVITIS & Antoine de FÉVIN Lux Perpetua & Requiem Cat # AEN 1216 Price Code: S (SRP $18.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 25 d

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Ensemble Cairn Guillaume Bourgogne: director CENDO: Charge • Furia • Décombres • In vivo • Tract Raphaël Cendo’s music captures all of the senses! His biography is a legend; upon graduating from the Paris Conservatoire, the jury dared not grant him his full legitimacy. The institution bestowed only a second prize, but his music was already first. He had turned his back on his peers quite some time ago, and chosen shortcuts at the risk of being misunderstood. The principle of his music is “a thwarting of the limit, thanks to an excess of energy,” and this calls for mad virtuosity from the performers.

Raphaël CENDO Furia

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Release Date: March 13, 2012

Nimbus Records/Nimbus Alliance

Cat # NIM 6141 Price Code: Q (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25

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Hans von BÜLOW

Nick van Bloss: piano/English Chamber Orchestra/David Parry: conductor

Mark Anderson: piano

Keyboard Concertos

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Piano Works

J.S. BACH: Concerto in A, BWV 1055 • Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058 • Concerto in D, BWV 1054 • Concerto in E, BWV 1053 • Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 These performances remain true to my personal ideal and I hope that the irresistible drive and inherent emotional potency of the concertos has to some extent been realized. — Nick van Bloss, 2011

BÜLOW: Ballade for piano, Op. 11 • Carnevale di Milano from Ballabili e Intermezzi, Op. 21 • La certa—Impromptu for piano, Op. 2 • Marche héroïque d’après des motifs hongrois populaires, Op. 3 Bülow wrote a substantial number of solo piano pieces, songs, chamber works, and choral music. His piano works are as technically challenging as one might expect, yet the finest of them also require a light touch and a degree of sensitivity and depth of feeling that demands from the performer something beyond mere bravura. Unsurprisingly, they are idiomatically written for the keyboard.

Cat # NIM 6170 Price Code: 2Q (SRP $31.99) Number of Discs: 2 Double Slimline, Box Lot 25

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Wissam Boustany

Ian Watt

Wissam Boustany: flute/Aleksander Szram: piano

Ian Watt: guitar

BONIS: Sonata • HINDEMITH: Sonata • JONGEN: Sonata, Op. 77 • WITT: This Invisible World • STAKOVYCH: Sonata of The Serenade • BOUSTANY: “… And the Wind Whispered…” • KHOURY: Après un rêve • SIBELIUS: Scaramouche, Op. 71

ALBÉNIZ: Chants d’espagne, Op. 232 • RODRIGO: Invocacion y Danza (Homenaje a Manuel de Falla) • JOSE: Sonata para guitarra • FALLA: Homenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy • TARREGA: Capriccio Arabe

This Invisible World is inspired by the blind, but dedicated to the world within us all … the world that defines our deeper reality, which remains elusively invisible. The recording will be used as a catalyst for a Towards Humanity initiative supporting the blind and raising awareness about their challenges and achievements.

Since making his debut in November 2005, Scottish guitarist Ian Watt has toured throughout the US, Europe, and China. An advocate of contemporary music, Watt has collaborated with a number of composers including Gordon McPherson, Rory Boyle, and John McLeod, whose Guitar Concerto, written for and dedicated to the guitarist, Watt premiered in March 2010.

This Invisible World

Invocación: Impressions of Spain

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Release Date: March 13, 2012 London Symphony Orchestra Yondani Butt: conductor WAGNER: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde • Tannhäuser Overture • Magic Fire Music • Entry of the Gods into Valhalla • Siegfried’s Rhine Journey • Funeral Music from Götterdämmerung • Ride of the Valkyries “Yondani Butt conducts with much verve and accurate color.” — Financial Times

Richard WAGNER Orchestral Works

Cat # NIM 6164 Price Code: Q (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25

Yondani Butt, born in Macau, studied music at Indiana University and the University of Michigan. He also has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, on which subject he has published numerous research papers. As founder of Symphonie Canadiana, he has led the orchestra on major tours throughout North America. In addition, since 1983, he has held the position of Resident Conductor of the Victoria International Festival, creating the highly successful Concerti Extravaganza series. Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Yondani Butt has recorded and performed in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, American Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic of Canada, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, Singapore Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Japan Gunma Symphony, and Het Gelders Orkest, among many others.

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Nimbus Records John Charles Thomas: baritone J. STRAUSS, Jr.: “Open Road” from The Gypsy Baron Featured in the new Audi commercial! The prestigious German car manufacturer, Audi, has selected an unusual piece of music to highlight the light and agile properties of the new A6 Avant estate. The highly stylized TV and web advertisement depicts a fantasy world and features a metallic “Audi hummingbird” that is able to nimbly fly among trees, flowers, and fauna made from petrol pumps, road signs, and traffic cones. The campaign aims to emphasize the advantages of the model’s new “ultra-lightweight” construction. The soundtrack for this innovative advert is a 1939 recording of “Open Road” by Johann Strauss, sung by American baritone John Charles Thomas. This transfer was originally released by Nimbus Records on the Prima Voce Series in 1992, on a CD titled An American Classic which featured 22 popular songs recorded by John Charles Thomas between 1931 and 1941.

Johann STRAUSS, Jr. Open Road

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Delphian Records

Release Date: March 13, 2012 National Youth Choir of Great Britain Mike Brewer: director AUGUSTINUS: Tau Bet Kokios Suternos Sviesios • Hymne à St. Martin • URBAITIS: Lacrimosa • PLAKIDIS: Nolemtiba (Destiny): Symphony for Choir • GRIGORJEVA: Svjatki: Choir Concerto • JACKSON: Cantus Maris Baltici “Brewer fashions from these talented young singers a radiant wash of sound that is simply stunning.” — Choir & Organ East meets West on this new recording, as two great singing traditions are brought together to thrilling effect. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the three Baltic States have emerged as powerhouses of choral innovation and imagination. Mike Brewer and the NYCGB bring all their customary fervor and virtuosity to bear on this program of masterworks from three of Europe’s smallest, yet musically richest, countries.

National Youth Choir of Great Britain also available

Songs of the Baltic Sea

SCHÜTZ Die Vögel unter dem Himmel Cat # DPH 34043 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 d

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Edinburgh Quartet CRAWFORD: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 4 • String Quartet No. 2, Op. 8 • String Quartet No. 3 (2008) “A bright sound with a ring of steel around it that is ideal for modern music.” — Daily Telegraph The Edinburgh Quartet is Scotland’s foremost exponent of new music; they have enjoyed a long relationship with Robert Crawford, who is surely Scotland’s musical elder statesman. His three quartets are given characteristically vivid readings on this recording, offering a fascinating overview of Crawford’s development over the last 40 years. The second in particular—with its inspired wit and infectious musicality—deserves far greater renown.

Robert CRAWFORD also available

String Quartets 1–3

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Syrius

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Jean Dubé: piano Works by Alfvén, Bonis, Chopin, Delafosse, Elgar, Fauré. Heller, Hengeveld, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Moeran, Nevin, Ravel, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky The Barcarolle is a song evoking the sea and water and, more to the point, the Venetian gondoliers: "Barcarolo" in Italian means “gondolier.” Its characteristic rhythm suggests the motion of a boat on the water. Jean Dubé, 29 years old, is internationally recognized as one of the most important young pianists at the present time, appreciated for his musicality and power. He has been playing all over the world since he was four years old, and won his Steinway piano at the age of nine during the national competition “Young Mozart Prodigies in Paris.”

Jean Dubé Barcarolles

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Jean Dubé: piano ALAIN: piano pieces The destiny of those who die young—Mozart, Schubert, or Jehan Alain—has a special impact on posterity; their precocious genius is an object of endless speculation. It is thus that Jehan Alain, who died during the war in his 30th year, seemed to have been conditioned by the premonition of his tragic death. Working without a break or rest, Jehan Alain expressed himself in music, drawing, and poetry, and this artistic output represented the happiness and purpose of his life.

Jehan ALAIN

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Release Date: March 13, 2012

Meridian Records

Onyx Brass Mark Stone: voice COPLAND: Rodeo • BARBER: Dover Beach, Op. 3 • MacRAE: Two Cairns • JACKSON: Time to Time • DUDDELL: Still Life • IVES: In the Alley • The Circus Band • Slow March • Variations on “America” Meridian Records is delighted to announce the release of their second recording with Onyx Brass. After their last collaboration, Onyx was dubbed “easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain” by BBC Music Magazine, a reputation cemented by their innovative and groundbreaking approach to brass chamber music. Time to Time features the works of American masters alongside new works from up-and-coming stars of the British music scene. It also marks the start of a musical relationship with the formidable young British baritone star Mark Stone, who features in a stunning arrangement of Barber’s “Dover Beach” as well as some early Ives songs and the eponymous “Time to Time” by Timothy Jackson.

Onyx Brass

Time to Time: Music by Barber, Copland, and more

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Leon Bosch: double bass Sung-Suk Kang: piano VALLS: Gran introducció i tarantella • Fantasia para Contrabajo “Homenaje a Bottesini” • Fantasia para Contrabajo • Colección de cuatro juguetes para contrabajo y piano • Romança • Suite Andaluza Meridian Records is proud to announce this exciting new release from Leon Bosch and Sung-Suk Kang featuring the music of Pedro Valls, which includes the world premiere recordings of The Second Fantasy, “Homenaje a Bottesini,” and the Four Juguetes. After expertly portraying the music of one of the most influential and innovative double bass composers of the romantic period, Bottesini, it was a natural journey for Leon to discover Spaniard Pedro Valls’ colorful and virtuosic instrumental writing for the Salon. His personal search to explore and unearth these surprisingly overlooked works from 100 years ago led him to uncover the fact that a few of the pieces had never been recorded before!

Pedro VALLS

Music for Double Bass and Piano Cat # MER 84604 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 world premiere recordings

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Quartz

Release Date: March 13, 2012

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Johannes BRAHMS

John McCABE

Gould Piano Trio/Lucy Gould: violin/Alice Neary: cello/Benjamin Frith: piano

Joseph Tong, Waka Hasegawa: pianos

Piano Trios

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Upon Entering a Painting

BRAHMS: Trio No. 1, Op. 8 (revised version) • Trio No. 2 in C, Op. 87 Volume one of the complete Brahms Piano Trios.

McCABE: Two Scenes from Edward II • Basse Danse • Gaudi (Study No. 3) • Sonata (Study No. 12) A brand-new selection of piano works from respected British composer John McCabe—written in 1970, 1995, 2008, and 2009—played by four hands.

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Chisato Kusunoki

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS

Chisato Kusunoki: piano

Marcelo Bratke: piano

RACHMANINOV: Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 • MEDTNER: Sonata in G minor, Op. 22 • SCRIABIN: Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28 • LIAPUNOV: Études d’execution transcendente, Op. 11

VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 • A lende do Caboclo • Saudades das Selvas Brasileiras • Choros No. 5 “Alma Brasileira” • Cielo Brasileiro

Debut CD from this outstanding Japanese pianist, who has an affinity for neglected piano music.

Volume two of the complete Heitor Villa-Lobos piano music, from Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke.

Piano Works

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Complete Solo Piano Works,Vol. 2


Stradivarius

Release Date: March 13, 2012

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Toshio HOSOKAWA

Giulio REGONDI & Napoléon COSTE

German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern/ Andrea Pestalozza: conductor

Enea Leone: guitar

Orchestral Works

Souvenir

HOSOKAWA: Metamorphosis • Re-turning—In memory of Kunio Tsuji • Ferne Landschaft III—Seascapes of Fukuyama The impressive number of international awards received by Toshio Hosokawa is proof of the music’s appeal for people of different musical and aesthetic convictions, and of the intellectual prestige gained by the burning ideality of his aims as composer.

REGONDI: Air varié de l’opera de Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi “L’amo, tanto e m’è si cara” • Fantasie über Mozarts Don Giovanni • Introduction et Caprice, Op. 23 • Nocturne Rêverie, Op. 19 • COSTE: Les Soirées dAyteyuk—Serenade, Op. 23 • Souvenirs du Jura, Op. 44 Giulio Regondi is the most famous and precocious enfant prodige in the history of the guitar. As an artist, he was a genius but unhappy, famous but tormented. With an existence that was intense but short and scarred by illness, he fully represented the figure of the Romantic musician.

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Jhon William Castaño MONTOYA

J.S. BACH

Jhon William Castaño Montoya: violin/Riccardo Carli, Francesco Novara: double bass/Jaime Andres Castaño Montoya, Geremia Vinattieri: drums/Thiago Oliveira De Almeida: guitar

Omar Zoboli: oboe, English horn, soprano saxophone/Massimo Colombo: piano/Yael Zamir: English horn, vocal/Sergio Delmastro: bass clarinet/Ferdinando Faraò: drums

MONTOYA: Sur • Tierra labrantia • 100 Pasos • Le Corbusier • Alunizaje • Last Minute • Rios • Chibcha Soul

J.S. BACH: Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526 • Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-flat, BWV 525 • Trio Sonata No. 6 in G, BWV 530 • ZOBOLI: Agra off beat • COLOMBO: So sad off beat • Folk off beat

El Viaje: Fabrica Musica Vol. 14

A passionate journey and a thoughtful, non-linear, energetic trip through soundscapes. Travel hills, valleys, and seas, expressed through guitar chords, percussion, and the always-vibrant voice of the violin.

Bach Off Beat

Released in cooperation with Crocevia Di Suoni Records, this recording presents Bach’s Trio Sonatas, which offer an inexhaustible source for developing new ideas.

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Tactus

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Bernardo PASQUINI Organ Works

Letizia Romiti: organ PASQUINI: 14 pieces for organ After publishing titles dedicated to Girolamo Frescobaldi and Gregorio Strozzi, the label from Bologna is now going back to Bernardo Pasquini, born in Massa Valdinievole (Lucca). Mainly chosen from the original manuscript Ms. L.215 c/o the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek in Berlin—considered the most reliable source of Pasquini’s works—the 14 pieces on this unmissable CD feature great performances by Letizia Romiti. Cat # TCT 631803 Price Code: T (SRP $14.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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Francesco Divito

In turbato mare irato:Virtuoso Arias of the Second Baroque Francesco Divito: male soprano/Benedetto Marcello Chamber Orchestra/Flavio Emilio Scogna: director VIVALDI: In turbato mare irato, Rv 627 • DUNI: Misero Pargoletto from Demofoonte • HANDEL: Ombra mai fu from Serse • Lascia ch’io piango from Rinaldo

Cat # TCT 670002 Price Code: T (SRP $14.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25

This CD presents a beautiful selection of arias, finely matching the Ombra mai fu e Lascia ch’io pianga by Handel to two arias from the Demofoonte by Duni and Sposa non mi conosci from the Merope by Giacomelli, which became famous some years ago when sung by Cecilia Bartoli. The repertoire is completed by a beautiful sacred music page, In turbato mare irato, a virtuosic motet by Vivaldi!

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Franz LISZT

Italia, sogno d’amore: The Sonetti of Petrarca Chiarastella Onorati: mezzo-soprano/Giulio De Luca: piano LISZT: Tre Sonetti del Petrarca (1st & 2nd versions) • O Lieb • Mignons Lied • Angiolin dal biondo crin • La Perla • Die Macht der Musik

Cat # TCT 811201 Price Code: T (SRP $14.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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During his entire life, Franz Liszt kept a very tight connection with Italy. The repertoire presented on this CD includes the two versions of the Tre Sonetti del Petrarca, written at a distance of almost 30 years, and a series of works that give us the chance to appreciate the refined art of a very different Liszt, very far from the virtuoso of the Sonata in B minor and the Transcendental Studies. These works are presented by mezzo-soprano Chiarastella Onorati, a singer gifted with an incredible feeling that allows her to display even the slightest nuances of the Lisztian writing, accompanied with great elegance and brilliance by the excellent Giulio De Luca.


Gramola

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Cat # GLA 98929 Price Code: 2N (SRP $25.99) Number of Discs: 2 Jewel Case, Box Lot 20 d

Cat # GLA 98923 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Packaging TBD, Box Lot TBD

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Franz SCHUBERT

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH

Meira Farkas: piano

Acies Quartet

SCHUBERT: Wanderer Fantasy • Sonata in E, D 459 • Sonata in E minor, D 566 • Sonata in C, D 840 • Sonata Fantaisie in G, D 894

SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 3 • String Quartet No. 5 • Polka from The Golden Age

The great Schubert pianist Meira Farkas, a pupil of Rosina Lhévinne, Wilhelm Kempff, and Leonard Shure, presents a wonderful Schubert disc!

As Dmitri Shostakovich’s music was composed in politically troubled times, it seems obvious to associate his works with such influences—in the String Quartet No. 3, for example, one might hear the joy at surviving the Second World War along with painful and aggressive memories of the time of suffering.

Wandererfantasie & 4 Piano Sonatas

String Quartets 3 & 5

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Cat # GLA 98937 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 22

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Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH

Mobilis Saxophone Quartet

Paul Gulda: piano/Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Fedoseyev: conductor

Mobilis Saxophone Quartet

Piano Concertos 1 & 2

SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1 • Piano Concerto No. 2 Paul Gulda recorded these two piano concertos in 1992/93 with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, one of the most distinguished Russian conductors. The CD was accompanied by much acclaim on the part of critics, and has not been available for many years until this reissue!

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Ligeti, Desenclos, Bozza, Nagao

LIGETI: 6 Bagatelles • NAGAO: Saxophone Quartet • plus works by Desenclos and Boza The young, international Mobilis Saxophone Quartet—recipient of Bank Austria Artist of the Year 2011—introduces its first recording. The ensemble sets great store in its varying cultural influences, which are also mirrored in its diverse repertoire.

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LAWO Classics

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Benjamin Isachsen: male soprano Magne H. Draagen: organ Berit Cardas: violin HANDEL: “How beautiful are the feet” from Messiah • J.S. BACH: “Ich halt treulich still,” BWV 466 • “Bist du bei mir,” BWV 508 • BACH/GOUNOD: Ave Maria • FAURÉ: “Pie Jesu” from Requiem • KVERNO: Cantilena from Jeremia • HAYDN: Benedictus from Missa Brevis Sti. Joannis de Deo • SCHUBERT: Ave Maria • KARLSEN: Og Natta ror sin lette båt • BURGON: Nunc Dimittis • MENDELSSOHN: O For the Wings of a Dove • KARG-ELERT: Nun ruhen alle Wälder • ANON.: I himmelen, i himmelen A unique opportunity to experience a gifted young person with a big heart for serious music! When the time came for Benjamin to find a title for this CD, he suddenly lit on the idea of putting a slightly new twist on Descartes’ famous maxim on doubting, thinking, and being—he sings, therefore he is. The CD presents a broad repertoire, with reference to varied musical periods, languages, and traditions.

Benjamin Isachsen Canto Ergo Sum

Cat # LAW 1004 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 d

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Aimo Pagin: piano ROMBERG: Valaquenta • Tableaux fantastiques The debut CD from a young Norwegian composer! Performers the world over regularly include Romberg’s music in their programs, and leading Paris editor Éditions Gérard Billaudot has recently begun publishing his works. The CD features two sets of piano pieces, interpreted by French pianist Aimo Pagin. The collections were inspired by the text Valaquenta by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, and by a selection of paintings by Polish fantasy painter Jacek Yerka. At present Romberg lives and works as a full-time composer in Paris, writing music based largely on themes from fantasy literature, the visual arts, Celtic mythology, and comic strips.

Martin ROMBERG

Valaquenta & Tableaux Fantastiques Cat # LAW 1022 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 d

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Release Date: March 13, 2012

Passacaille

J.S. BACH

Keyboard Works Jovanka Marville: clavichord J.S. BACH: Sonata in D minor, BWV 1003 • Preludes, BWV 939–943 & 999 • Concerto in D, BWV 972 • Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 • Partita in E, BWV 1006 Bach’s first biographer Forkel, writing 50 years after the composer’s death, links Bach and the clavichord: “He considered the clavichord the best instrument for study, and, in general, for private musical entertainment. He found it the most convenient for the expression of his most refined thoughts, and did not believe it possible to produce from any harpsichord or pianoforte such a variety in the gradations of tone as on this instrument, which has, indeed, a soft tone, but is on a small scale extremely flexible.”

Cat # PAS 970 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 30 d

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Berenguer de PALOL Joys amors et chants

Ensemble Cantilena Antiqua/Stefano Alborello: director PALOL: 8 songs • ANONYMOUS: 2 songs Berenguer de Palol was born in Catalonia, the land of the Count of Rossillon. We know very little about his life; the only date regarding his life that can be established with certainty is 1164, the year in which his patron Jaufre’ III died. Berenguer’s artistic activity has reached us through a series of passionate compositions of rare musical and poetic beauty. His poetry shows an evident research of the supreme love, or joy; a way paved with suffering for love joined to the cult of feminine beauty. The main subject is woman, seen partly as an abstract goal in the search of love, and partly real.

Cat # PAS 978 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 25 d

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Bruce Dickey

La Bella Minuta: Florid Songs for Cornetto around 1600 Bruce Dickey: cornetto/Liuwe Tamminga: organ/Claudia Pasetto, Leonardo Bartolotto, Alberto Rosi: violas da gamba/Maria Christina Cleary: harp 18 songs by Ippolito, Mayone, Guami, Palestrina, Josquin, Trabaci, Brunelli, Luzzaschi, Cipriano de Rore & Barbarino One of the wonderful things about playing divisions on the cornetto is that you are playing a single line of a polyphonic texture. When the other voices are played on an Italian Renaissance organ, with its wonderfully vocal timbre and articulation, the cornetto becomes part of the organ. As the Italians phrased it, the cornetto plays nell’organo (“in the organ”) or, in the words of English diarist John Evelyn, the cornetto “gives life to the organ.”

Cat # PAS 979 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 25 d

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Querstand

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Cat # QUE 905 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25 d

Cat # QUE 1133 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 32

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Lajos Rovatkay

kammerchor cantamus dresden

Lajos Rovatkay: organ

kammerchor cantamus dresden/Stefan Vanselow: conductor

CABEZON: 3 pieces • PERAZA: Tiento de medio registro alto de 1. tono • AGUILERA DE HEREDIA: 3 pieces • XIMÉNEZ: 3 pieces • BRUNA: 7 pieces • CABANILLES: 3 pieces • ANON.: Obra de falsas cromaticas de 1. tono

16 German folk songs in arrangements

Hispaniae Ars Organi

Dass du ewig denkst an mich

The third CD from kammerchor cantamus dresden, prizewinner in several national and international competitions, contains famous German folk songs in new arrangements from the last 20 years.

Different versions of the Corpus Christi hymn “Pange lingua” featuring several compositions that are rarely performed or recorded, played by Lajos Rovatkay, one of the best-known protagonists of rediscovering forgotten music from past centuries.

Cat # QUE 1138 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Digipak, Box Lot 30

Cat # QUE 1140 Price Code: R (SRP $17.99) Number of Discs: 1 Jewel Case, Box Lot 25

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Johann Joseph FUX

Various Artists

Neue Hofkapelle Graz/Lucia Froihofer, Michael Hell: directors

Jerewaner Chamber Choir/Harutyun Topikyan: director/Halle Octet for Orthodox Choral Music

Music for Court, Church, Opera, and Home

Ehre sei Gott für alles

FUX: Overture in C from “Concentus Musicus” K 356 • Sinfonia in G minor from “Il mese di Marzo” K 306 • Intraa in C from “Pulcheria” K 303 • Sonata in F for 3 violins, E 67 • Sinfonia in G minor, K 336 • Sonata in G, K 390 • Sonata in G minor, K 389 • Overture in C for 3 oboes, bassoon, strings & b.c. in C, K 334

VARDAPET: Hayr mer • Ter Voghormea • Hreschtakajin • GOLTZ: Festansprache • BUCHHOLZ: Armenia Clamans • JEKMALJAN: Surb Surb • Bittektenie • Vaterunser • Mildes Licht • Herr nun lässest du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren

Debut CD for Neue Hofkapelle Graz, made up of artists with longtime experience in historically informed performance. Features world premiere recordings of all pieces, except for K 303 and K 334!

In memory of Hermann Goltz (1946–2010), one of the most important activists in the cultural exchange between Armenia and Germany, this disc contains recordings by Jerewaner Kammerchor, one of the most important Armenian vocal ensembles.

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Alpha

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Scherzi Musicali Nicolas Achten: director MAZZOCCHI: La Catena d’Adone (complete opera) La Catena d’Adone was first performed in 1626 and marked the arrival of opera in Rome. With all the characteristics of the genre, a pastoral tale in one prologue and five acts, it chronicles the tumultuous love lives of Adonis, Apollo, Venus, and Falsirena. The frivolous and sensual—even erotic—tone is placed in sharp contrast with Christian morality in a perfectly mastered Recitarcantando style supported by a wealth of instruments. Besides being a world premiere recording, the opera inaugurates the arrival of a very young conductor to the Alpha catalog. Nicolas Achten is also a director, singer, and player of theorbo, harpsichord, and harp, and follows the path set by great musical pioneers such as Vincent Dumestre and Pablo Valetti.

Domenico MAZZOCCHI

La Catena d’Adone

Cat # APH 184 Price Code: 2O (SRP $27.99) Number of Discs: 2 Digipak, Box Lot 18 World Premiere Recordings

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Melodiya Soloist, Chorus & USSR State Academic Bolshoi Theatre Yuri Temirkanov: conductor SHCHEDRIN: Dead Souls (complete opera) Nikolai Gogol’s heritage has played a tremendous role in the evolution of the Russian musical culture. Many of the greatest Russian composers turned to his works, finding inspiration in the author’s romantic stories. The Fair at Sorochyntsi, May Night, and Christmas Eve are all masterpieces that have seen rebirth on the operatic stage in compositions by Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Outstanding contemporary composer Rodion Shchedrin set himself a very different task in the 20th century. While continuing the Gogolian traditions in Russian operatic music, he turned to the great writer’s realistic prose—the epic poem “Dead Souls.” The composer worked on it for 10 years, undertaking a seemingly impossible task of realizing all the richness of the ideas and characters in opera. Humor and tragedy, emotional tension and extraordinary poetic value all make Dead Souls a masterpiece of the operatic art and the composer’s greatest achievement. Premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre of the USSR in Moscow, 1977. Directed by Boris Pokrovsky, designed for stage by Valeri Levental, and conducted by Yuri Temirkanov.

Rodion SHCHEDRIN Dead Souls

Cat # MYD 1001837 Price Code: 2E (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 2 Double Digipak, Box Lot 20 d

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Melodiya

Release Date: March 13, 2012 Soloists, Chorus & State Academic Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra Boris Khaykin: conductor MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina (complete opera)

Modest MUSSORGSKY

Awarded the Prix “Michel Hofmann” du Disque Academie Charles Cros in France in 1976, and First Prize for the section of foreign recordings in Japan in 1975! Famous critic Vladimir Stasov, a close friend of Mussorgsky, brought the story of Khovanshchina to his attention, and the composer dedicated this work to him. Mussorgsky began to compose the opera in the summer of 1872, when Boris Godunov had not been completed. He was engrossed in the new opera, and had every reason to say, “I am living in Khovanshchina like I used to be in Boris.” Mussorgsky wrote the libretto himself, without relying on a literary source. He wrote in one of his letters that he was possessed with one thought—“to tell people a new word of friendship and love, a direct word and one as wide as the Russian fields, a word resonating with the truth from a humble musician yet a fighter for the right idea of the art.” He said this word in his great works, among which the popular musical drama Khovanshchina takes one of the highest places.

Khovanshchina

Cat # MYD 1001867 Price Code: 3D (SRP $20.99) Number of Discs: 3 Double Digipak, Box Lot 13 d

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Soloists, Chorus & Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio Gemal Dalgat: conductor PROKOFIEV: The Love for Three Oranges (complete opera) The Love for Three Oranges, an opera by Sergei Prokofiev, is one of the 20th centuries’ best examples of a musical work for theatre stage. Prokofiev composed the opera in 1919, and it was first staged in Chicago in 1921 with the composer himself behind the conductor’s stand. This double CD features a legendary recording of the opera performed by the soloists, choir, and Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio conducted by Gemal Dalgat, recorded in 1961.

Sergei PROKOFIEV

The Love for Three Oranges Cat # MYD 1001944 Price Code: 2E (SRP $15.99) Number of Discs: 2 Double Digipak, Box Lot 20 d

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Release Date: March 13, 2012

Delphian Records

Tom CUNNINGHAM The Okavango Macbeth Cat # DPH 34096 Price Code: 2N (SRP $25.99) Number of Discs: 2 Double Digipak, Box Lot 25 5% PREORDER DISCOUNT

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Beth Mackay, Rónan Busfield, Rónan Busfield: vocal soloists Edinburgh Studio Opera Chorus CUNNINGHAM: The Okavango Macbeth (complete opera) “McCall Smith’s succinct libretto is spun by composer Tom Cunningham into gorgeous tuneful melodies that linger.” — The Scotsman, HHHHH The Macbeth story as played out in a troupe of baboons in Botswana? This fanciful idea inspired writer Alexander McCall Smith and the composer Tom Cunningham to come up with their chamber opera, The Okavango Macbeth! Set in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, the opera deals with the efforts of an ambitious female baboon, Lady Macbeth, who encourages her husband to become the alpha male of the group. The response to the opera’s premiere, in the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera House, led many to conclude that in this extraordinary and unusual tale, a new operatic gem has emerged!

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