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DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 ‘From the New World’; Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 – Budapest Festival Orchestra/ Ivan Fischer – Channel Classics

July 4, 2010
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DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 ‘From the New World’; Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 – Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer – Channel Classics multichannel SACD CCSSA90110, 78:00 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] *****: Antonin Dvorak traveled to the United States in 1892 to take up the post of…

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Eberhard Weber’s Colours – Boxed set of three albums: “Yellow Fields,” “Silent Feet” and “Little Movements” – (3 CDs) ECM

July 4, 2010
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Eberhard Weber’s Colours – Boxed set of three albums: “Yellow Fields,” “Silent Feet” and “Little Movements” – (3 CDs) ECM 2133-35 *****: (Eberhard Weber, doublebass; Charlie Mariano, reeds; Rainer Brüninghaus, keyboards; Jon Christensen, drums on Yellow Fields; John Marshall, drums on other two albums) If you’re into jazz bassists but are not familiar with Eberhard…

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Festa Napoletana – Cappella De’ Turchini/ Antonio Florio, director – Naïve

July 4, 2010
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Festa Napoletana – Cappella De’ Turchini/ Antonio Florio, director – Naïve 30503, 61:21 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ***: This is a midprice re-release of a 2001 recording that first appeared on the Opus 111 label, now absorbed by Naïve. Its premise is to present music of varying persuasions that contributed to the festal nature of…

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BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 – The London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Eugene Goossens – Dual Disc from 35mm master – CD + DualDisc of DVD-A/DVD-Video, 3-channel, Classic Records

July 3, 2010
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BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 – The London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Eugene Goossens – Dual Disc from 35mm master – CD + DualDisc of DVD-A/DVD-Video, 3-channel, Classic Records HDAD 2011 [Distr. by Naxos], 51.6 min. *****: This is one of the Classic Records’ remastering of the original 3-channel Everest masters on 35mm mag film. It was…

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SHOSTAKOVICH: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 – Alexander Melnikov, piano – Harmonia mundi (2 CDs & DVD)

July 3, 2010
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SHOSTAKOVICH: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 – Alexander Melnikov, piano – Harmonia mundi 902019 (2 CDs + Dual Disc CD/DVD, Interview with Alexander Melnikov), 2:31:15 ****: Most everyone is aware of the origin of these pieces; Shostakovich went to Leipzig in 1950 to attend the Bach Bicentennial competition, and he heard Tatiana Nikolaevna play…

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EVAN CHAMBERS: The Old Burying Ground – Tim Eriksen, folksinger/ Nicholas Phan, tenor/ Anne-Carolyn Bird, soprano/ University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra/ Kenneth Hiesler, conductor – Dorian Sono Luminous

July 3, 2010
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EVAN CHAMBERS: The Old Burying Ground – Tim Eriksen, folksinger/ Nicholas Phan, tenor/ Anne-Carolyn Bird, soprano/ University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra/ Kenneth Hiesler, conductor – Dorian Sono Luminous 92113, 56:11 [Distr. by Naxos] ****:This haunting and rather strange work (easily accessible) is also possessed of a quiet beauty that one must hear in contextual terms.…

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PETER PHILLIPS: Cantiones Sacrae (1612) – Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge/ Richard Marlow, conductor – Chandos Chaconne

July 3, 2010
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PETER PHILLIPS: Cantiones Sacrae (1612) – Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge/ Richard Marlow, conductor – Chandos Chaconne 0770, 77:55  [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Peter Philips (1560/61–1628) was supposedly the most published English composer after William Byrd, but you would not know that by his popularity—even in Britain—today. A lot of this rests on the fact…

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Elvin Bishop – red dog speaks – Delta Groove Music

July 3, 2010
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Elvin Bishop – red dog speaks – Delta Groove Music DGPCD138, 39:54 ****: (Elvin Bishop, vocals, guitar, slide guitar; Bob Welsh, piano, guitar; Ruth Davies, bass; June Core, drums; Bobby Cochrane, drums: with special guests.) Elvin Bishop has become a staple of blues perseverance in a career that has spanned over 45 years. Raised in…

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BERLIOZ Vocal Works = La belle voyageuse, Op. 2, No. 4; La captive, Op. 12; Le jeune patre Breton, Op. 13, No. 4; Zaide; Sara la baigneuse; Tristia; Chant sacre; Helene; Le ballet des ombres – var. soloists/Sylvain Cambreling – Hanssler

July 3, 2010
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BERLIOZ Vocal Works = La belle voyageuse, Op. 2, No. 4; La captive, Op. 12; Le jeune patre Breton, Op. 13, No. 4; Zaide, Op. 19, No. 1; Sara la baigneuse, Op. 11; Tristia, Op. 18; Chant sacre, Op. 2, No. 6; Helene, Op. 2, No. 2; Le ballet des ombres for Chorus and Piano…

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HANDEL: Concerti Grossi Opus 6 – The Avison Ensemble/ Pavlo Beznosiuk – Linn Records (3 discs)

July 2, 2010
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HANDEL: Concerti Grossi,  Opus 6 – The Avison Ensemble/ Pavlo Beznosiuk – Linn Records multichannel SACD CKD 362 (3 discs) 60:03, 59:46, 40:49 *****: George Frideric Handel composed his two most famous concerti grossi – Op. 3 and Op. 6 – for playing during performances of his oratorios and odes.  They were based on the…

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