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CD Cover Nicola Ghiuselev A Life in Music Classification: CD of the Month Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 397 Price:£12.54

Comment:Nicola Ghiuselev (1936-2014) the Bulgarian bass, would embody the characters that he portrayed on the stages of opera houses around the world. He brings them to life in these extracts alongside powerful Orthodox chants that make a deep impression.

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CD Cover Zbojstory - Tales from Terchova birthplace of Slovak Folk hero Janosik Classification: World Music Label: Hev-Het Tune CD Number:EH 0049-2-331 Price:£15.99

Comment:Nebeska Muzika describe themselves as a String World Music Band, who play on electric instruments. Zbojstory is their story created from Folk themes of Janosik (1688-1713), Slovakia's Robin Hood Folk legend, hero of countless exciting adventures.

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CD Cover The Flash! Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0144-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:Sila are - Slawek Pezda, tenor saxophone, Kuba Dworak, bass and Max Olszewski, drums. The Flash is a short, sharp, hard hitting album of highly original tracks. It's the place where Hard Bop meets Heavy Rock. There's great playing and vivid sound!

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CD Cover Forgotten Liszt Songs for Tenor and Piano Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1538 Price:£12.54

Comment:To say these song by Liszt are unknown is something of an understatement - they are simply not the style of music we associate with Liszt. There are some beautifuly songs here, sung extremely well by Benjamin Brecher. English translations included.

Reviews:
"Brecher's experience in the bel canto repertory shows in the clean lines and clear diction…" Gramophone, March 2017.

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CD Cover Khojaly 613 Classification: New Label: Hortus CD Number:HOR553 Price:£8.49

Comment:Khojaly 613 is dedicated to the 613 people massacred in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly in February 1992. Premiered in 2016 this is the third version of Pierre Thilloy's work, the others being for chamber and instrumental groups.

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CD Cover Peter Hristoskov - Violinist and Composer Classification: New Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 391/392 Price:£12.54

Comment:A centenary tribute to Peter Hristoskov (1917-2006). From these recordings (some live) he is a considerable player and not uninteresting composer. He sounds great in Chausson, Brahms and Schumann. Pancho Vladigerov's Burlesque is as lush as Korngold!

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CD Cover Barbara Harbach Orchestral Music II Classification: New Label: MSR Classics CD Number:MS 1519 Price:£12.54

Comment:Four short symphonies composed by Barbara Harbach for very specific occasions, around 2012-2013. Descriptive works, they show Barbara Harbach to be at home with much larger forces than usual in her music. Great playing by the London Philharmonic.

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CD Cover Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Classification: Supraphon Archive 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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CD Cover Jan Dismas Zelenka Missa Paschalis ZWV 7 Classification: Nibiru-Zelenka Label: Nibiru CD Number:01582231 Price:£12.54

Comment:Composed in 1726 as Zelenka approached his appointment in Dresden as a composer, rather than performer, his Missa Paschalis features here in a World Premiere recording. By the time of Zelenka's Litaniae Omnium Sanctorum of 1735, he'd become established.

Reviews:
"All four singers flawlessly match the period-instrument orchestra's rigorous adherence to eighteenth-century performance practices… we have yet another superb performance by Viktora and his choir and orchestra of music of superior quality and beauty." International Record Review - IRR OUTSTANDING. June 2014.

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CD Cover Milanolo Classification: New Label: Pavlik CD Number:PA 0151-2-131 Price:£12.54

Comment:A very unusual recital. All the music is new because the violin that Milan Pala is playing is new. Named the Milanolo, after its user, the instrument, built by the Bursik family (father and two sons) features five strings giving a viola like resonance.

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