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CD Cover Andrew Downes Music for Horns and Wagner Tubas Classification: CD of the Month Label: Artesmon CD Number:AS 729-2 Price:£12.54

Comment:A very unusual disc in the Artesmon series of chamber performances by members of the Czech Philharmonic. British composer Andrew Downes take on the horn includes a piece for 8 Wagner tubas, which must be a record for these instruments in one place.

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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 Music In and On the Air Classification: New Label: Romeo Records CD Number:7286 Price:£12.54

Comment:A rare opportunity to hear the Theremin played live by, Clara Rockmore, one of its greatest performers. With her pianist sister, Nadia Reisenberg, this disc recreates the broadcast of The Listening Room on WQXR from 26 January 1979.

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CD Cover Andrew Downes Symphonies 1 - 4 Classification: British Music 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 Spellweaving - Ancient Music From the Highlands of Scotland Classification: World Music Label: Delphian CD Number:DCD34171 Price:£14.99

Comment:A very unusual selection of Early Music, from the Highlands of Scotland, taken from Colin Campbell's Instrumental Book of 1797. Played on original instruments, the pieces evoke a unique landscape. Part of the European Music Archaeolgy Project.

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CD Cover Prime Time Voice - Lazy Afternoon Classification: New Label: Arta CD Number:F10213 Price:£12.54

Comment:Prime Time Voice are - Dana Simickova, Tatana Roskovcova and Marta Marinova, with Jiri Kovar, guitars, Jaroslav Simicek bass and Jan Dvorak, drums, guesting David Farek, saxophone. Expect, close harmony 1940s style and lots of swinging sounds!

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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 A Western Borderland Classification: British Music Label: EM Records CD Number:EMR CD034 Price:£12.99

Comment:All the music on this unusual disc visits that area where England meets Wales. Elgar's Concert Allegro is his only substantial piano work; the Sonata and Characteristic Pieces by Richard Francis will surprise! Duncan Honeybourne plays to perfection.

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CD Cover Dvorak and Babadjanian Classification: New Label: Artesmon CD Number:AS 743-2 Price:£12.54

Comment:Trio Orbis are - Petra Brabcova, violin, Petr Malisek, cello and Stanislav Gallin, piano - they have played together since 2008. Arno Babadjanian (1921-1983) follows in the tradition of Khachaturian; Dumky has its roots in Ukranian Folk song.

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CD Cover Beethoven The Complete Violin Sonatas Classification: New Label: Pavlik CD Number:PA 0138-2-134 Price:£24.99

Comment:This is the first complete recording of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas by Slovakian musicians. It is less of a violin solo with piano than a more integrated sound with the instruments balanced in a natural acoustic. A code allows downloading a 5.1 version.

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