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CD Cover Barbara Harbach Orchestral Music II Classification: CD of the Month Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1519 Price:£12.54

Comment:Four short symphonies composed by Barbara Harbach for very specific occasions, around 2012-2013. Descriptive works, they show Barbara Harbach to be at home with much larger forces than usual in her music. Great playing by the London Philharmonic.

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CD Cover Jihye Lee - Diamond Sutra Reader Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0129-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:With Jihye Lee are the unusual line-up of Stefaan Debevere, soprano and alto saxophone, Sabin Todorov, piano and Bo-Sung Kim, janggu, kwenggwari and jing (percussion). Originals and standards given a Korean twist by Jihye's vocals.

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CD Cover Milanolo Classification: New Label: Pavlik CD Number:PA 0151-2-131 Price:£12.54

Comment:A very unusual recital. All the music is new because the violin that Milan Pala is playing is new. Named the Milanolo, after its user, the instrument, built by the Bursik family (father and two sons) features five strings giving a viola like resonance.

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CD Cover Reflections - Britten, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky Classification: SACD New Label: 2L CD Number:2L-125-SABD Price:£25.00

Comment:Here are three much loved 20th century pieces of music for string orchestra, played by a much smaller group than usual. They are recorded in the round making you part of the music in Surround Sound. 2L present this in 6 audio formats on 2 discs!

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CD Cover Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Classification: Supraphon Archive Label: Supraphon CD Number:SU 4213-2 Price:£17.99

Comment:Taken from 78s, this groundbreaking recording on period instruments dates from 1950. It features Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt and Eduard Melkus, major figures in the revival of period performance. Very clear sound.

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CD Cover Nadia Reisenberg - Live Chamber Recitals and Home Solo Performances Classification: Historic-Archive Label: Romeo Records CD Number:7318-19 Price:£12.54

Comment:None of the recordings on these two discs have been available before in any audio format. The Dvorak, Beethoven, Mozart and Weber are from concerts, the short piano works date from home recordings made in 1951. Very good sound throughout!

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CD Cover Shostakovich Symphony No.13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" Classification: Shostakovich Symphonies Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 384 Price:£12.54

Comment:Shostakovich's most angry and bitter symphony is based on the poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Babi Yar is the site where the Germans killed over 50.000 Jews who are commemorated in the poems.

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CD Cover Czech Folk Carnival 1680 Classification: Baroque Label: Arta CD Number:F10085-2 Price:£12.54

Comment:Surprisingly these somewhat bawdy songs and instrumental pieces devoted to drink and general merrymaking survived in monasteries. Czech period instrument band, Ritornello, here recreate the musical festivities that might have taken place in 1680. Fun!

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CD Cover Tyberg Masses Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 584 Price:£13.93

Comment:The biography of Marcel Tyberg (1893-1944) runs like a film. He never courted fame, but his Austrian-Jewish background make him another composer lost during the Holocaust. With echoes of Mahler and Bruckner these Masses, make quite an impact.

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CD Cover Evgeny Irshai Slovak Notebook Classification: Contemporary Label: Pavlik CD Number:PA 0144-2-131 Price:£12.54

Comment:Ten songs reflecting on life, matters eternal and relationships based on poems by Ivan Krasko (1876-1958), who is considered a master of Slovak lyric poetry. Evgeny Irshai's music is equally lyrical, interspersed with four piano interludes.

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