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CD Cover Fantasie - Music for Violin and Harp Classification: CD of the Month Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1682 Price:£12.54

Comment:Aurora Duo, Donna Fairbanks, violin and Lysa Rytting, harp, formed in 1991. Their programme, Fantasie, features several World Premiere recordings, and an extensive work by Saint-Saens that is not heard very often. An unusual combo of instruments.

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CD Cover Zelenka - Psalmi Vespertini III Classification: Nibiru-Zelenka Label: Nibiru CD Number:NI 0164-2231 Price:£12.54

Comment:The soloists are - Lenka Cafourkova and Gabriela Eibenova, soprano, Pascal Bertin, alto, Virgil Hartinger, tenor and Marian Krejcik, bass, in this third selection of Zeleka's Psalmi, some of which are World Premiere recordings.

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CD Cover Nadia Reisenberg - The Renowned Haydn Recordings Classification: Historic-Archive Label: Romeo Records CD Number:7324/5 Price:£17.30

Comment:Continuing its series of recordings made by pianist Nadia Reisenberg, Romeo Records have collected her performances of Haydn Sonatas and Variations made for Westminster between 1955 and 1958. Music and playing are marvellous!

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CD Cover Reason and Reverence Classification: New Label: Navona Records CD Number:NV6166 Price:£12.54

Comment:The five orchestral pieces on this disc inhabit the ecology of their time and their composers concerns with the world they inhabit. Looking in many directions their themes make a compelling and philosophical reflection, recorded in vivid sound.

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CD Cover Bartok Violin Sonatas Classification: New Label: Pavlik CD Number:PS 0166-2-131 Price:£12.54

Comment:Milan Pala performs Bartok's still technically and musically challenging works on his "Omayra" violin made in 2015 by Bronislav and Jan Hus Bursik. Ladislav Fanzowitz, piano, is at one with the interpretation of these sonatas.

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CD Cover Paganini and Piazzolla Classification: Star Tracks Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0164-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:These two young musicians teamed up in 2013 when they met in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Paganini's demands are more than answered by Kehan Zhang. Alongside their take on Piazzolla are bonus pieces by Zenamon and Elgar!

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CD Cover Shostakovich Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6 Classification: Shostakovich Symphonies Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 385 Price:£12.54

Comment:Shostakovich's 5th Symphony is probably one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. It is paired with his 6th premiered in 1939. Its unusual structure appears to have no formal first movement. Superb playing and recording in this ongoing series.

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CD Cover Paul Reale - Dies Irae Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS1693 Price:£12.54

Comment:Paul Reale (b. 1943) is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. In a long career he's written in many musical forms, including eleven piano sonatas, two of which feature on this disc. The Concerto dates from 1982, revised 2015.

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CD Cover Coral Beliefs Theory Classification: New Label: Arta CD Number:F10227 Price:£12.54

Comment:Nocni Optika (Night Sight) are Miroslav Nosek, guitars, Jakub Dvoracek, piano, Stepan Zbytovsky, flutes, Jan Keller, cello, Jan Dvorak, drums. Hints at unnatural behavior lay behind this album. Listeners will catch some exciting new Czech Jazz sounds.

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CD Cover Hampson Sisler - All Around The Year Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1666 Price:£12.54

Comment:Born in 1932 Hampson Sisler is a prolific composer in many forms. These organ pieces are descriptive, putting the 1930 Skinner Organ in the Evangelische Saarkirche Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany, through an unusal selection.

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