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1. Solo Cantatas:  Bwv 35 169 & 170
Solo Cantatas: Bwv 35 169 & 170
~ Bernarda Fink
4.6 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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Harmonia Mundi Fr.
February 10, 2009
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These cantatas are from a minor fault-line in Bach's output, coming after three years of composing, rehearsing and performing a cantata a week. They focus less on the chorale as a musical and textual pivot and more on the solo voice, whilst elevating the ... Read more

2. Bernstein: Mass
Bernstein: Mass
~ Jubilant Sykes
4.3 out of 5 stars (28 customer reviews)
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NAXOS AMERICAN
August 25, 2009
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10/10 - Artistic Quality & Sound Quality: Leonard Bernstein's own version bettered? Yes, indeed! This is, handily, the best sung, best played, most intelligently interpreted recording of Mass currently available. Of course, Bernstein's rendition always will have sterling qualities, including some wonderful solo singers with really characterful 'pop' and ... Read more

3. Song of Songs (Hybr)
Song of Songs (Hybr)
~ Stile Antico
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews)
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Harmonia Mundi
April 14, 2009
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As the title suggests, this recording is a compilation of renaissance compositions using texts from the Song of Solomon, the biblical collection of love poetry, purportedly written by King Solomon to a Shulamite girl. Many groups have fished in this pool b... Read more

4. Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
~ Giuseppe Verdi
4.2 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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Warner Classics
October 6, 2009
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The mighty Verdi Requiem has long been a staple of both the huge orchestra and huge opera singer. Produced from a series of live concerts in Rome, recorded in January 2009, Antonio Poppano conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with soloists whose ... Read more

5. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11- The Year 1905
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11- The Year 1905
~ Dmitri Shostakovich
3.6 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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Naxos
March 31, 2009
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Price:$11.09

Review
Written to commemorate the abortive 1905 revolution Shostakovich's 11th Symphony, like the 12th which commemorates the 1917 revolution, lacks the weight or distinction of musical thought and logic which so characterizes the 10th and 13th Symphonies. What ... Read more

6. Violin Concertos Nos 1 3 & 7
Violin Concertos Nos 1 3 & 7
~ Joanna Kurkowicz
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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Chandos
July 28, 2009
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Price:$19.48

Review
The recorded works of Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) consist almost entirely of compositions for violin in various combinations, with a few piano pieces thrown in for good measure. Violinist Joanna Kurkowicz has contributed to that catalog three of Bacewicz's seven violin concertos, conductor Łukasz Borowicz having suggested (according to Kurkowicz) ... Read more

7. Bach: Six Partitas
Bach: Six Partitas
~ Andras Schiff
4.9 out of 5 stars (10 customer reviews)
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ECM NEW SERIES
August 25, 2009
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These partitas are offered out of traditional sequence - V, III, I, II, IV and VI. Although there is no reason to think that Bach wrote the partitas to be performed together, this arrangement provides the most logical key progression (G - a minor - B fla... Read more

8. Piano Concertos 2 & 3
Piano Concertos 2 & 3
~ Evgeny Kissin
4.0 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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Warner Classics
June 2, 2009
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Price:$17.60


9. Bach: Partitas Nos 1 5 & 6
Bach: Partitas Nos 1 5 & 6
~ Murray Perahia
4.9 out of 5 stars (17 customer reviews)
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Sony Classics
August 31, 2009
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Price:$13.63


10. Eccles: Judgement of Paris . Three Mad Songs
Eccles: Judgement of Paris . Three Mad Songs
~ John Eccles
5.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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Chandos
April 28, 2009
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This "Paris" is special because it shows Eccles trying to shunt musical theater in an all-English direction, and move it out of the shadow of the dominant Italian and French traditions. As Lindsay Kemp points out in verbose but thorough liner notes, the w... Read more

11. Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
~ Antonio Pappano
3.8 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)
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EMI Classics
March 10, 2009
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12. Schubert: Winterreise
Schubert: Winterreise
~ Mark Padmore
3.1 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
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Harmonia Mundi
September 8, 2009
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Price:$18.78


13. Cecilia Bartoli: Sacrificium
Cecilia Bartoli: Sacrificium
~ Cecilia Bartoli
4.7 out of 5 stars (32 customer reviews)
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Decca
October 26, 2009
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For more than two decades, Cecilia Bartoli has undeniably been one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. All over the world, her new operatic roles, her concert programs and recording projects - in exclusivity with Decca - are expected wi... Read more

14. Porpora Arias featuring Karina Gauvin
Porpora Arias featuring Karina Gauvin
~ Nicola Porpora
4.9 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)
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ATMA Classique
August 25, 2009
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Price:$16.28

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"It's probably premature to speak of a revival, but suddenly the seldom-heard music of Nicola Porpora has resurfaced often enough to claim center stage on a trio of CDs. The 18th-century Neapolitan opera composer, previously better known as Handel's London... Read more

15. Sonatas & Etudes
Sonatas & Etudes
~ Yuja Wang
4.1 out of 5 stars (17 customer reviews)
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Deutsche Grammophon
April 7, 2009
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Price:$12.50

Review
Charmingly slight of build, Miss Yuja seated herself demurely at the piano, then proceeded to blow the roof off Strathmore s Concert Hall with a massive yet insightful attack on the piece...Her speed and control were dazzling, her tone full and rich, her m... Read more

16. Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions, Vol. 2
Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions, Vol. 2
~ Stokowski
4.0 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews)
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Naxos
January 27, 2009
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Price:$10.98

Review
A Bach odyssey by way of a lonely organ or harpsichord can be a little exhausting sometimes; the unabashedly lush symphonic transcriptions from Leopold Stokowski trade in the old Edsel for a loaded Maserati. Whether it's sacrilege to manipulate "Sleeper's ... Read more

17. Lang: Little Match Girl Passion
Lang: Little Match Girl Passion
~ Theatre of Voices
3.9 out of 5 stars (14 customer reviews)
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Harmonia Mundi
June 9, 2009
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I don't think I've ever been so moved by a new, and largely unheralded, composition as I was by David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which is unlike any music I know. --Tim Page - Pulitzer Prize Juror... Read more

18. Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 / Piano Quintet
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 / Piano Quintet
~ Johannes Brahms
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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Erato
October 6, 2009
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Price:$16.98


19. Vivaldi: Concertos, Arias, Sonatas.
Vivaldi: Concertos, Arias, Sonatas.
~ Daniel Hope

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Deutsche Grammophon
February 3, 2009
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Price:$18.23

Review
"This Vivaldi release equally has freshness stamped all over it. Hope is scarcely the first to play a modern violin with period instrument practices in mind...but his choice of concertos and instrumentalists, and the dancing lilt of his unfussy ornamentati... Read more

20. Schnittke: Symphony No. 9 / Raskatov: Nunc dimittis
Schnittke: Symphony No. 9 / Raskatov: Nunc dimittis
~ Alfred Schnittke
2.8 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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ECM Records
March 31, 2009
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Price:$19.63


21. Brahms: The Symphonies
Brahms: The Symphonies
~ Johannes Brahms
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)
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WARNER CLASSICS
October 6, 2009
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Price:$31.27


22. Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninov: Piano Trios
Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninov: Piano Trios
~ Lang Lang
4.9 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)
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Deutsche Grammophon
October 20, 2009
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Price:$15.97

About the Artist
Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and ... Read more

23. Symphonic Variations / Concertante for Piano Left
Symphonic Variations / Concertante for Piano Left
~ A. Bax
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
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Naxos
April 28, 2009
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Price:$11.19


24. Rossini: Colbran, the Muse
Rossini: Colbran, the Muse
~ Gioachino Rossini
4.9 out of 5 stars (18 customer reviews)
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Erato
October 6, 2009
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Price:$16.90


25. West Side Story-The New Broadway Cast Recording
West Side Story-The New Broadway Cast Recording
~ West Side Story-The New Broadway Cast Recording
3.6 out of 5 stars (35 customer reviews)
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SONY CLASSICS
June 2, 2009
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Price:$11.88




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