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CD Cover Russian Trumpet Sonatas Classification: CD of the Month Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1697 Price:£12.54

Comment:Eight Russian composers from the 20th century up to the present, and all probably not on any musical RADAR. Their trumpet sonatas range over wide terrain, with the common theme of being playble and tuneful. Iskander Akhmadullin is amazing!

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CD Cover Oh Tomcat - Romanovska - Tichy - Hruby Classification: Star Tracks Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0165-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:The combo of violin, koto, bass, bass clarinet, clarinet and tenor saxophone, suggests Jazz, but is a mix of Jazz and Contemporary Classical improvised in the moment, yet suggesting fully worked out pieces. There's vivid sound on an intriguing album!

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CD Cover Stories Collected (Historie zebrane) Classification: World Music Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0169-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:MOW (Let's Speak) are Ania Bratek, vocals, Aga Derlak, piano and vocals, Mateusz Szewczyk, bass, Patryk Zakrzewski, percussion and guest on some tracks Jakub Mizeracki, guitar. Songs inspired by real life to sense and feel.

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CD Cover Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 640 Price:£22.99

Comment:Like several classic works, Swan Lake proved a disaster at its first performances in 1877, and is known today by the version that appeared in 1893. These magnificent SACDs present Tchaikovsky's original 1877 score complete as he composed it.

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CD Cover Luigi Perrachio - Nove Poemetti - 25 Preludi Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1710 Price:£12.54

Comment:Luigi Perrachio (1888-1966) belongs to the generation of Italian composers who include Respighi, Pizzetti and Malipiero. He released few works. These piano pieces reveal the influence of Ravel and Debussy. Beautifully played by David Korevaar.

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CD Cover Bulgarian Sketches Classification: New Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 403 Price:£12.54

Comment:Cellist Marta Simidtchieva is Associate professor of cello at southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Her selection of Bulgarian Sketches ranges over major figures in 20th century Bulgarian music.

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CD Cover Viktor Kalabis Sonatas Classification: Supraphon New Label: Supraphon CD Number:SU 4210-2 Price:£13.36

Comment:These Sonatas by Viktor Kalabis (1923 - 2006) are late works composed in the wake of the Russian occupation of 1968, the Cello and Clarinet Sonatas reflect that tragic period. These are important works by a great Czech composer.

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CD Cover HARTYGA - Amyrsanaa Classification: World Music Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0177-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Hartyga are a Russian World / Rock Music band. Nachyn Choreve fronts with his very distinctive throat singing, backed by heavy percussion and guitars. Folksy song texts in English are included, but it's the beats that count and these are great!

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CD Cover Kalliope Trio Prague Classification: Artesmon Label: Artesmon CD Number:AS 746-2 Price:£12.54

Comment:Kalliope Trio Prague are - Marketa Vokacova, violin, Jan Zeman, cello, Alena Gerslova, piano. Martinu's delightful Bergerettes date from 1938, but not heard until after his death in 1959. Likewise, Shostakovich's Trio became famous after his death.

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CD Cover Nino Rota - Il Gattopardo - OST Classification: Film Scores Label: Quartet Records CD Number:QR327 Price:£21.62

Comment:Here is the complete original soundtrack recording of Nino Rota's wonderful music for Luchino Visconti's 1963 masterpiece - Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). These two discs include the music as heard in the film, all the stereo tracks and bonus material.

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