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CD Cover Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 in G minor "The Year 1905" Classification: CD of the Month Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 383 Price:£12.54

Comment:Premiered in 1957, in one continuous movement, this is the most cinematic of all Shostakovich's symphonies. It tells in graphic detail the events of the Great October Revolution. Conductor Emil Tabakov will put you in the centre of these moments.

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CD Cover Andrew Downes Symphonies 1 - 4 Classification: Andrew Downes Label: Artesmon CD Number:AS 744-2 Price:£31.50

Comment:Born in 1950, Andrew Downes studied in Cambridge, leading to a long career in several positions in Birmingham Conservatoire. Each one of his symphonies is scored for a different combination of instruments. Tremendous playing by the Czech Philharmonic.

Reviews:
"… I've just started to listen to the recordings, which are fabulous." Tony Palmer, April 2016.

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CD Cover Dvorak Symphony No. 1 in C minor "The Bells of Zlonice" Classification: Arta Label: Arta CD Number:F10215 Price:£12.54

Comment:Dvorak completed his Symphony No. 1 in 1865; it waited until the mid-1920s for its first performance. There are no bells, but hints in the first movement, which Dvorak heard in the village of Zlonice. Hear it on period instruments by Musica Florea.

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CD Cover Bruckner Symphony No 5 in B-Flat Major (ed. Nowak) Classification: SACD Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS1600 Price:£12.54

Comment:American conductor, Lance Friedel, leads a performance of Bruckner's mighty 5th Symphony. Recorded in surround Sound in the vast spaces of All Hallowes Church, Gospel Oak, London. "Music that encompasses a huge range of emotions." (Lance Friedel)

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CD Cover The Spirit of Beethoven Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1590 Price:£12.54

Comment:Some unfamiliar Beethoven, Czerny and Mendelssohn played by Gwendolyn Mok on lovingly restored period instrument pianos made in 1795 by Louis Duicken, an 1823 Broadwood and Sons Pianoforte and an Erard of 1868.

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CD Cover Pawel Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio and Mr Krime Wars and Kaper Deconstruction Classification: Jazz Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0126-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Deconstruction features music by Henryk Wars and Bronislaw Kaper, forgotten Polish composers who wrote for the cinema in Poland and Hollywood. Reworked for Jazz trio with DJ samples of the original soundtracks, makes a game changing Jazz disc.

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CD Cover Ice and Longboats - Ancient Music of Scandinavia Classification: New Label: Delphian CD Number:DCD34181 Price:£14.99

Comment:The 29 tracks on this amazing disc go back to before Early Music, to the Viking period around 800-1050AD. Included are instrumental and choral pieces, beautifully recorded in Oppmanna Parish Church, Sweden.

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CD Cover Dream Images Classification: New Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 393 Price:£8.99

Comment:Svetozar Ivanov is Professor of Piano at the University of South Florida. Dream Images is an unusual recital featuring Galia Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) and is bookended by American composer George Crumb. It is designed to heard as a complete concert.

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CD Cover Beowulf Classification: New Label: Film Movement Price:£12.44

Comment:This is a remarkable solo presentation in olde English, with English subtitles, of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf. Benjamin Bagby creates a gallery of living characters in the way the bards had told this tale. An All Region DVD in 2.0 Dolby Digital.

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CD Cover Is Paris Burning? Classification: New Label: Tadlow Music CD Number:TADLOW023 Price:£15.99

Comment:A feast of Maurice Jarre. A complete recording, marking its 50th anniversary, of his score for Rene Clement's film Is Paris Burning, as ordered by Adolf Hitler. Disc 2 has more scores on WW2 themes. Stunning playing and recording. A film music must!

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