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CD Cover Bach - The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 Classification: CD of the Month Label: Romeo Records CD Number:7328 Price:£12.54

Comment:This has to be some of the most extraordinary music ever composed. Craig Sheppard brings his own take on Bach after a period long time pondering over Bach's score. The final Contrapunctus is played in a completion by Dr. Kevin Korsyn.

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CD Cover Stories Collected (Historie zebrane) Classification: Star Tracks 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 The God Marduk - Works for Violin, Viola and Piano by Andrew Downes Classification: New Label: EM Records CD Number:EMRCD056 Price:£12.99

Comment:These violin and piano works by Andrew Downes showcase his interests in musical forms and their sometimes non-musical inspiration. The Sacred Mass was originally played in monasteries, while The God Marduk, goes back to 2nd century BC, Babylon.

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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 Shostakovich - Symphony No. 9 and Symphony No. 10 Classification: New Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 386 Price:£12.54

Comment:At the end of the war Stalin expected a grandiose symphony, while Shostakovich's 9th is a masterwork of understatement. Symphony No. 10 of 1953, Mahlerian in concept, post Stalin, its second movement is said to be his musical portrait.

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CD Cover Bequties - Otto Hejnic Trio Classification: New Label: Hevhetia CD Number:HV 0183-2-331 Price:£10.54

Comment:With Otto Hejnic, drums, are Josef Feco, bass and Ondrej Krajnak, piano, making a Classic Jazz trio of three Czech and Slovak Jazz greats. Their programme gives an Eastern European slant to some wonderful songs from down the decades of the 20th century.

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CD Cover Sir John Barbirolli - Strauss, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Sibelius Classification: Historic-Archive Label: The Barbirolli Society CD Number:SJB 1092-93 Price:£15.99

Comment:In 1963 Sir John Barbirolli and the Philharmonia Orchestra toured South America. Now you can hear their wonderful performances, for the first time, preserved in good Mono sound. Loving Dvorak, exciting Sibelius, glorious Strauss and amazing Stravinsky.

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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 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 Vivaldi in Bohemia Classification: New Label: Nibiru CD Number:0150-2211 Price:£12.54

Comment:Thre is some evidence to suggest that Vivaldi visited Prague around 1729. Vivaldi's religious works on this disc are known to have circulated in Moravia and Bohemia.

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