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CD Cover Brahms Hungarian Dances Classification: CD of the Month Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 396 Price:£12.54

Comment:These Hungarian Dances by Brahms are the works that made him famous. Subsequently he orchestrated Nos 1,3 and 10 - all types of arrangements have followed. The complete 21 dances are played here by Desislava Shtereva and Evgenia Simeonova on one piano!

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CD Cover Shostakovich Symphony No.13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" Classification: New 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 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 Szymanowski and Berg Violin Concertos Classification: New Label: Pavlik CD Number:PA 0143-2-131 Price:£12.54

Comment:Two great contemporary violin concertos. Szymanowski's lush and deeply romantic 2nd Concerto, paired with Berg's concerto dedicated "To the Memory of an Angel" the 18 year old Manon Gropius. Superb recording. The Szymanowski is also on a 12inch 45LP.

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CD Cover Alberto Ginastera and Paolo Tosti Classification: New Label: Pavlik CD Number:PA 0148-2-131 Price:£12.54

Comment:Soprano, Ana Carolina Diz describes herself as an Argentinian-Slovak. She has studied in both countries. Her unusual programme celebrates the centenary of the birth of Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) and the death of Paolo Tosti (1846-1916).

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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 The Son Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0072-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:The Son is a deeply autobiographical album created by David Kollar in the wake of his son undergoing major surgery. His guitar makes most of the sounds, but mixed in you will hear a mandolin and gamelan. There's an unlisted very short bonus track!

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CD Cover Antonin Jemelik Deleted History Classification: Lost generation Label: Arta CD Number:F10207 Price:£12.54

Comment:Antonin Jemelik (1930-1962) built a career as one of the leading young Czech pianists and composers. He died, or was murdered, in still unexplained circumstances. On this important Arta disc he is rememberd by composers and in his own music.

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CD Cover Running At The Top Of The World Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1610 Price:£12.54

Comment:Trumpeter Paul Futer, holds many awards and has performed in numerous orchestras and ensembles, as well as having an academic career. The pieces on this disc, by living American composers, date between 2007-2012. They are challenging and tuneful!

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CD Cover Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Classification: Supraphon New 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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