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CD Cover Shostakovich Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6 Classification: CD of the Month 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 Chopin - The Essence of an Iron Will Classification: Craig Sheppard Label: Romeo Records CD Number:7322 Price:£12.54

Comment:Master pianist, Craig Sheppard, plays a selection of Chopin's greatest works. The recording is a combination of two concerts given in Seattle's Meany Theatre during February 2017. With superb sound, you will hear Chopin playing of the highest order.

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CD Cover Martinu - Bouquet of Flowers Classification: Supraphon New Label: Supraphon CD Number:SU 4220-2 Price:£13.36

Comment:Supraphon fill gaps in our knowledge of Martinu with his Bouquet of Flowers, composed in 1937, which draws on Moravian Folk songs. There is also the first studio recording of Jan Novak's (1921-1984) wonderful Philharmonic Dances. An essential disc!

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CD Cover Brass Concept Classification: New Label: Pavlik CD Number:PA 0161-2-731 Price:£12.54

Comment:Brass Concept is a project to bring forward Slovakian composers, and the opportunity to write for an extended brass ensemble. All the pieces are new and World Premiere recordings. The disc being supported by the Slovak Arts Council.

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CD Cover Breathing In Breathing Out - A Little Anthology of Piano Music 1914 - 2014 - Volume 1 Classification: New Label: Vertical Jazz CD Number:VJ034 Price:£49.99

Comment:Serbian pianist Nada Kolundzija takes an extraordinary journey through 100 years of piano history. NOTE: Volume 1 of a 3 disc set is illustrated here. The set comes with a paperback book detailing the music. Can also be downloaded and streamed.

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CD Cover Breathing In Breathing Out - A Little Anthology of Piano Music 1914 - 2014 - Volume 2 Classification: New Label: Vertical Jazz CD Number:VJ034 Price:£49.99

Comment:Serbian pianist Nada Kolundzija takes an extraordinary journey through 100 years of piano history. NOTE: Volume 2 of a 3 disc set is illustrated here. The set comes with a paperback book detailing the music. Can also be downloaded and streamed.

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CD Cover Breathing In Breathing Out - A Little Anthology of Piano Music 1914 - 2014 - Volume 3 Classification: New Label: Vertical Jazz CD Number:j034 Price:£49.99

Comment:Serbian pianist Nada Kolundzija takes an extraordinary journey through 100 years of piano history. NOTE: Volume 3 of a 3 disc set is illustrated here. The set comes with a paperback book detailing the music. Can also be downloaded and streamed.

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CD Cover Engelbert Humperdinck - Hansel und Gretel Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 605 Price:£22.99

Comment:Recorded live in the Berlin Philharmonie, Engelbert Humperdinck's magical opera comes alive in SACD Surround Sound. Conductor Marek Janowski ensures a glowing orchestral background, while the Gingerbread Witch carries on her bake-off!

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CD Cover Morning Light Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0160-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Sebastian Necca leads, Grounded, on drums with vocals by Lois Le Van. Regis Ferrante is on tenor saxophone, Michel Molines, bass and Sylvain Charrier, vibraphone. Sebastian Necca's originals go on a poetic quest that is sung in English.

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CD Cover Vymola Organ 1760, Doubravnik Classification: Organ Label: Arta CD Number:F10226 Price:£12.54

Comment:Jan Vymola built his organ in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Doubravnik in 1760. It was restored during the years 2009-2013. Jaroslav Tuna has chosen a programme of music composed prior to its construction to explore its sound.

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