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CD Cover Heaven and Earth A Duke Ellington Songbook Classification: CD of the Month Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1617 Price:£12.54

Comment:Danielle Talamantes made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera during their 2015 season in their production of Carmen in which she took the role of Frasquita. She brings an accurate and magical vocal quality to these great songs by Duke Ellington

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CD Cover Zelenka Missa Sanctissimae Classification: More Zelenka Label: Studio Matous CD Number:MK 0017-2-231 Price:£12.54

Comment:A Classic 1994 recording of Zelenka's Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis with the period instrumentalists of Music Florea directed by Marek Stryncl, and featuring an early recording by Magdalena Kozena as one of the soloists.

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CD Cover Czech Folk Carnival 1680 Classification: New Label: Arta CD Number:F10085-2 Price:£12.54

Comment:Surprisingly these somewhat bawdy songs and instrumental pieces devoted to drink and general merrymaking survived in monasteries. Czech period instrument band, Ritornello, here recreate the musical festivities that might have taken place in 1680. Fun!

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CD Cover Dvorak Symphonic Variations and Slavonic Rhapsodies Classification: SACD New Label: PentaTone Classics CD Number:PTC 5186 554 Price:£13.93

Comment:Dvorak's Symphonic Variations premiered in Prague in 1877 and Slavonic Rhapsodies 1 and 2 in 1878, No. 3 followed in 1879. They remain on the fringes of Dvorak's music.This SACD will make them far better known, under Jakub Hrusa's loving direction.

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CD Cover Frantisek Jiranek Concertos Classification: Supraphon New Label: Supraphon CD Number:SU 4208-2 Price:£13.36

Comment:Frantisek Jiranek (1698-1778) is a shadowy figure in Bohemian music, sometimes fused with Antonin Jiranek, who became Anton Giranek in a Germanised form. Whatever, this selection of concertos is a wonderful addition to our knowledge of Bohemian Baroque.

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CD Cover Viva Italia Sacred Music in 17th Century Rome Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1580 Price:£12.54

Comment:All the represented composers worked at the Collegio Germanico, the Vatican's school for training German-speaking Catholic priests. A wide variety of styles can be heard in the acoustic of Duke Chapel, North Carolina. Period instruments underscore.

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CD Cover Lois Le Van - So Much More Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0121-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Nine of the songs in this cycle, telling of loss and grief, have lyrics by Francois Vaiana. With Lois Le Van are - Sylvain Rifflet, tenor saxophone and clarinet, Bruno Ruder, piano and Chris Jennings, bass.

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CD Cover Andrew Downes - Concerto for Two Guitars Classification: New Label: Classicprint CD Number:CPVP013CD Price:£12.54

Comment:Andrew Downes makes the rare coupling of Classical Guitar and Electric Bass Guitar in his three movement concerto. Both instruments are never drowned by the string orchestra. Simon Dinningan and Fred T. Baker are brilliant soloists.

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CD Cover Michel Sajrawy Floating City Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0117-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:With Nazareth based guitarist and composer Michel Sajrawy are - Wassim Odeh, oud, Suhail Nasar, qanoun, Loai Abu Sinni, keyboards, Sahar Anak, bass, Wisam Arram, darbuka and Stas Zilberman, drums - join them for their Arabic/Israeli beats!

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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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