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1. Tara Kamangar: East of Melancholy — The Lark

Tara Kamangar: East of Melancholy — The Lark

Music: The Lark Composer: Mikhail Glinka, arr. Mily Balakirev Artist: Tara Kamangar, piano Album: East of Melancholy Label: Delos Productions DE 3471 Street Date: June 10, 2014 Pre-Order on iTunes: http://bit.ly/KamangariTunes Pre-Order on Amazon MP3: http://amzn.to/1myoyyj Pre-Order on ArkivMusic: http://bit.ly/MelancholyArkiv “The East was an Aladdin’s cave from which Russia drew endlessly… other melodies, other harmonies, a mixture of reserve and expansiveness. It was a land of dreams.” –Music Producer Marina Ilanova Russia’s centuries-old geographic proximity to Muslim regions – historically regarded as part of the “orient” – has resulted in considerable cultural and artistic crossfertilization, particularly in the realm of music. Most Russian composers during (and since) the Romantic era have thus incorporated elements of what one could call “oriental exoticism” into their compositions. Captivating pianist Tara Kamangar – an American of Iranian descent – has made it her musical mission to explore such musical connections, specifically as they apply to the traditions of Iran and Russia. In this, Tara’s first album for Delos, we hear illustrative examples in works by Glinka, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. But her emphasis here is on the music of two fascinating 20th-Century Iranian composers whose work remains virtually unknown in the West: Aminollah Hossein and Loris Tjeknavorian. Tara’s virtuosity and flair for the musical traditions of her Iranian forbears combine to bring these works to thrilling and idiomatically true life.

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2. Pace, Mio Dio: Dinara Alieva Sings Italian Opera Arias — Catalani: Ebben? Ne andró lontana

Pace, Mio Dio: Dinara Alieva Sings Italian Opera Arias — Catalani: Ebben? Ne andró lontana

Music: Catalani: “Ebben? Ne andró lontana” Composer: Alfredo Catalani Artist: Dinara Alieva, soprano; Marcello Rota, conductor; Czech National Symphony Orchestra Album: Pace, Mio Dio — Dinara Alieva Sings Italian Opera Arias Label: Delos Productions — DE 3462 iTunes: http://bit.ly/1dd9h0j Amazon: http://amzn.to/19On0do Delos: http://bit.ly/1mTBDww Pace, mio Dio… Dinara Alieva, soprano Marcello Rota, conductor; Czech National Symphony Orchestra Dinara Alieva Sings Italian Opera Arias “She is a wonder! Dinara Alieva is a natural talent and I haven’t got anything to teach her. She’s a singer who possesses the gift of Heaven!” —Montserrat Caballé “Beautiful voice, temperament and artistry.” —Teresa Berganza Rising Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva – already a glittering star in the Russian operatic firmament – is rapidly taking the world by storm as her magnificent voice, riveting stage presence, emotionally devastating interpretations and personal beauty are being experienced in ever-­‐widening global circles. Having gained the confidence and admiration of many legendary figures in the world of opera, she is poised on the brink of becoming an international superstar. In this, her debut album for Delos, Dinara delivers a choice assortment of mostly well-­‐ known Italian opera arias, including many of the best-­‐loved examples by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Catalani, Francesco Cilea, and Ruggero Leoncavallo. She gets lush and idiomatically true orchestral support from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Marcello Rota: a specialist in Italian opera. Rising Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva — already a glittering star in the Russian operatic firmament — is rapidly taking the world by storm as her magnificent voice, riveting stage presence, emotionally devastating interpretations and personal beauty are being experienced in ever-widening global circles. Having gained the confidence and admiration of many legendary figures in the world of opera, she is poised on the brink of becoming an international superstar.

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3. A Fool For Love: Track 4: L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) - Una furtiva lagrima

A Fool For Love: Track 4: L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) - Una furtiva lagrima

MICHAEL SPYRES A FOOL FOR LOVE, Tenor Arias “Michael Spyres has a lovely, liquid tenor, all honey for love duets and some metal for cries of outraged honor.” – John Yohalem, from Opera Today You may well be hard-pressed to name a classic opera that lacks a love-story – or a tenor as the main romantic hero. Accordingly, emerging American tenor Michael Spyres has come up with a fresh and fascinating pretext for A Fool for Love: his new collection of tenor arias on Delos.

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4. Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Hot Snow

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Hot Snow

Music: "Hot Snow" (Goryachii sneg) Composer: A. Pakhmutova; Lyrics: M. Lov Artist: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Album: Wait for Me: Classic Russian Songs from the War Years Label: Delos Productions — DE 3475 Street Date: March 10, 2015 Amazon: http://amzn.to/1v6ALyL iTunes: http://bit.ly/iTunesWaitForMe http://www.delosmusic.com A nostalgia-inspiring survey drawn from the extensive body of popular Russian WWII-era songs, this album is the sequel to two all-time favorite Delos titles: Where Are You, My Brothers and Moscow Nights. These sentimental, melancholic, and passionate songs have a strong global appeal, expressing as they do the universal themes and feelings common to soldiers the world over. Operatic superstar baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky delivers these musical mainstays of Russian culture with relaxed classical technique and the kind of refined, yet soulful and deeply affecting emotional impact that have made his concerts of these pieces wildly popular all across Russia and around the world. Constantine Orbelian leads the superb Novaya Opera Orchestra and the renowned Ministry of Internal Affairs Chorus – with flavorful idiomatic touches from the unique Style of Five Ensemble of authentic Russian folk instruments.

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5. Henryk Wieniawski: Scherzo Tarantelle, Op. 16

Henryk Wieniawski: Scherzo Tarantelle, Op. 16

Music: Scherzo Tarantelle, Op. 16 Composer: Henryk Wieniawski Artists: Piet Koornhof, violin; Bernarda Vorster, piano; Album: On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin Label: Delos Productions - DE3479 Street Date: February 12, 2016 “...the elegance and immaculate suaveness of a Heifetz or Oistrakh” — Natal Daily News Distinguished South African violinist Piet Koornhof’s third recording for Delos highlights (in keeping with the title) virtuoso showpieces for his instrument, both well-known and rare. In this 2-CD set, Piet tackles some of the most brilliant and technically challenging repertoire for violin ever written. We hear glittering masterpieces by fabled masters of the instrument: Henryk Wienawski, Fritz Kreisler, and Eugene Ÿsaye. On the more rarely performed side, we get highly worthwhile violin treasures by, among others, Glazunov, Kroll, Taneyev, Rota, and Karayev – as well as a particularly fascinating cycle by Eduard Toldrà. Piet’s jaw-dropping virtuosity and ery interpretations are sensitively supported by his compatriot, pianist Bernarda Vorster. Together they have crafted a beautifully performed program that will appeal in particular to violinists and fans of the instrument, as well as an awe- inspiring listening experience for the rest of us.

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6. Reinecke: Cello Concerto Op. 82, I. Allegro moderato

Reinecke: Cello Concerto Op. 82, I. Allegro moderato

Music: Cello Concerto Op. 82, I. Allegro moderato Composer: Carl Reinecke Artist: Michael Samis, cello; Gateway Chamber Orchestra; Gregory Wolynec, conductor; Album: Reinecke: Cello Concerto Label: Delos Productions DE 3446 Street Date: June 10, 2014 Pre-Order in iTunes: http://bit.ly/SamisiTunes Pre-Order Amazon MP3: http://amzn.to/1ngQAO1 Pre-Order at ArkivMusic: http://bit.ly/ReineckeArkiv REINECKE: CELLO CONCERTO And works by SCHUMANN, BLOCH, TAVENER, GOLIJOV When award-winning cellist Michael Samis discovered the neglected Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 82, by Carl Heinrich Reinecke (1795-1883), its “soaring melodies and brilliant virtuosity” immediately inspired him to learn it. Of this brilliant and prolific Romantic-era composer’s nearly 300 works, the vast majority are rarely included in today’s performing repertoire and are largely unknown to the musical public. Delos has thus joined forces with Michael in this – his first solo album – hoping to restore this appealing and beautifully crafted work to today’s concert halls, as well as to revive the musical world’s interest in the life’s work of a composer who is ripe for rediscovery. The album also offers a varied assortment of remarkable shorter works by Sir John Tavener, Ernest Bloch (for solo cello), Robert Schumann (with orchestra), and Osvaldo Golijov (with marimba). Michael’s smooth and sonorous cello is beautifully complemented by the Gateway Chamber Orchestra under the assured baton of conductor Gregory Wolynec (Reinecke, Schumann) and accomplished marimbist Eric Willie (Golijov).

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7. Lawrence Brownlee: Virtuoso Rossini Arias — Il Turco In Italia: Tu seconda ail mio desegno

Lawrence Brownlee: Virtuoso Rossini Arias — Il Turco In Italia: Tu seconda ail mio desegno

Music: Il Turco In Italia: Tu seconda ail mio desegno Composer: Rossini Artists: Lawrence Brownlee, tenor; Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra Album: Lawrence Brownlee: Virtuoso Rossini Arias LAWRENCE BROWNLEE • VIRTUOSO ROSSINI ARIAS “Brownlee, at the international top of his form, sings his high-­flying arias with an ease, purity and polish that could hardly be bettered.” – Seattle Times This album of spectacular rarities by Gioacchino Rossini from superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee – his first–ever aria collection with orchestra – is long overdue. It not only captures the most exciting bel canto tenor voice of our time in its absolute prime, but also offers a choice selection of rarely heard vocal blockbusters – drawn from several of the old master’s most rarely performed operas. Brownlee’s voice is unique in the bel canto repertoire. While dripping juicy emotion, it boasts uncanny evenness of tone and timbre from top to bottom; no other tenor can deliver this repertoire’s highest notes with his special blend of rapid–fire vibrato and a thrilling, chesty ring. He nails the speediest and most florid runs with jaw–dropping flexibility, precision and dead–on pitch. It all adds up to a blazing, “shiver–me–timbers” vocal phenomenon that’s guaranteed to make any opera fan go weak in the knees. The Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra – under the assured baton of Constantine Orbelian – furnishes sympathetic and sonorous support.

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8. Isabel Bayrakdarian — Anonymous (18th-19th century): Oor es mayr Im (Where Are You, My Mother?)

Isabel Bayrakdarian — Anonymous (18th-19th century): Oor es mayr Im (Where Are You, My Mother?)

Music: Oor es mayr Im (Where Are You, My Mother?) Composer: Anonymous (18th-19th century) Artists: Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Coro Vox Aeterna, Anna Hamre conductor Album: Mother Of Light: Armenian Hymns and Chants in Praise of Mary Label: Delos Productions, Inc DE3521 Street Date: October 14, 2016 Pre-Order: http://amzn.to/2bXpQTf Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, acclaimed internationally for her glittering accomplishments on both stage and screen, presents – in this hypnotically alluring album of Armenian sacred music – a more spiritual aspect of her multifaceted musical persona. Isabel conceived this project as a heartfelt gift to God for sparing the life of her mother, and the entire album is very much a “family affair.” Her husband arranged the pieces, her brother plays the ceremonial percussion instruments, and her two sisters join her to form a vocal trio in several tracks. This spellbinding music – scored variously for solo and ensemble voices, cello and women’s choir – will take its fortunate listeners on a deeply spiritual and meditative journey of the soul.

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9. Sviridov: Beyond the Hills of the Milky Way

Sviridov: Beyond the Hills of the Milky Way

Music: Beyond the Hills of the Milky Way (Orchestral Version) Composer: Georgy Sviridov Artist: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Album: Georgy Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift Label: Delos Productions (DE1613) Street Date: June 9, 2017 Order Now: https://delosmusic.com/?p=14239 While greatly revered in Russia, the profound and beautiful music of neo-romantic composer Georgy Sviridov (1915–1998) is hardly known beyond his homeland’s borders. His predominantly vocal output reflects his strong affinity for many of the nest Russian poets, who inspired him to compose highly idiomatic music to match the emotional intensity and expressive passion of their verses. Thus did Sergei Yesenin’s vivid and moving poetry spark the creation of the stunning twelve-song cycle Russia Cast Adrift. Legendary baritone (and cherished Delos artist) Dmitri Hvorostovsky developed especially strong personal and artistic bonds with Sviridov in the composer’s final years, compelling Sviridov to compose specifically for him. Dmitri infuses Sviridov’s songs with the same emotional intensity, musical insight and sheer vocal glory that have distinguished his many earlier Delos releases. Joining Dmitri in this world premiere recording of the orchestral version are his long-time collaborators Constantine Orbelian, conducting the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, and the Russian folk music ensemble Style of Five.

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10. Simon Boccanegra: Piango, perche mi parla

Simon Boccanegra: Piango, perche mi parla

Music: Piango, perche mi parla Composer: Verdi Artists: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Barbara Frittoli, Ildar Abdrazakov, Stefano Secco, Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Album: Verdi: Simon Boccanegra Label: Delos Productions DE 3457 Street Date: April 14, 2015 http://delosmusic.com Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GNhDHv iTunes: http://apple.co/1Gxuyiq Our first-ever full-length Italian opera recording, Delos’s star-studded current release of Giuseppi Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra promises to make quite a splash among today’s opera fans. As Verdi was entering his glorious “late period” (Otello and Falstaff) he wrote and re-worked much of Simon Boccanegra, a work that he had first tackled in 1857. The opera emerged in 1881 as a powerful masterpiece, although one that has been unfairly neglected, in comparison with Verdi’s other works on that level. So it’s high time for an authoritative new release of an opera that gives glamorous title star Dmitri Hvorostovsky – considered by many to be the world’s greatest Verdi baritone – the chance to record what he calls “…one of the most complex, deepest characters in the whole baritone repertoire.” Hvorostovsky goes on to say, in a special introduction he wrote for this album, that among his favorite scenes in the opera is the Council Chamber scene: “Simon’s address to the people, ‘Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo!’ is the creed of a great statesman. As he cries for peace and love, the whole crowd is swept along by the same surge of passion!” Joining Hvorostovsky in this very special studio recording are the kinds of all-star colleagues he deserves: soprano Barbara Frittoli as Amelia, tenor Stefano Secco as Gabriele, bass Ildar Abdrazakov as Fiesco, and baritone Marco Caria as Paolo. Constantine Orbelian, “the singer’s dream collaborator” (Opera News), leads the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania) and Kaunas State Chorus.

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11. Verdi: Rigoletto - Ah, veglia, o donna, questo fiore

Verdi: Rigoletto - Ah, veglia, o donna, questo fiore

Music: Rigoletto - Ah, veglia, o donna, questo fiore Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Artists: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone; Nadine Sierra, soprano; Francesco Demuro, tenor; Andrea Mastroni, bass; Oksana Volkova, contralto Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra; Men of the Kaunas State Choir; Constantine Orbelian, Conductor Available November 10, 2017 Label: Delos Productions (DE 3522) https://delosmusic.com/recording/verdi-rigoletto-complete-hvorostovsky/ Pre-Order on ArkivMusic: http://bit.ly/DE3522AM Giuseppe Verdi may have written his most glamorous and heroic roles for tenors, but he often assigned his more psychologically complex and conflicted character portrayals to baritones—and Rigoletto is just such a role: perhaps the greatest baritone role ever written. It demands not only a magnificent voice, but also a supremely gifted actor who is able to convey a broad range of emotions, human qualities, and inner subtleties. Enter universally beloved Dmitri Hvorostovsky: a prolific Delos artist and supreme Verdi baritone. The resplendent beauty and supreme versatility of his voice is matched only by the depth of his interpretive soul. In this—Dmitri’s first-ever (and long-awaited) complete recording of Rigoletto—he performs the title role magnificently, along with an all-star supporting cast. Choral-orchestral splendor comes courtesy of renowned maestro Constantine Orbelian, his Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, and the men of the Kaunas State Choir. Beloved baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s first-ever—and long-awaited—complete recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto Dmitri’s magnificent vocal and interpretive powers are on glorious display as Rigoletto, perhaps opera’s greatest baritone role. Brilliant collaboration from an all-star cast, with choral-orchestral splendor courtesy of the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and the men of the Kaunas State Choir under the baton of renowned maestro Constantine Orbelian

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12. Donizetti: Una Furtiva Lagrima - Stephen Costello

Donizetti: Una Furtiva Lagrima - Stephen Costello

Music: “Una Furtiva Lagrima” (L'elisir d'amore) Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Artists: Stephen Costello, tenor; Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra Album: A Te, O Cara: Stephen Costello Sings Bel Canto (DE 3541) Label: Delos Productions Release Date: November 2018 American tenor Stephen Costello’s meteoric career has taken him to the stages of the world’s top opera houses. In this, his first recording for Delos, he performs a glittering assortment of arias that will appeal strongly to any opera lover, but that will be a particular treat for fans of the bel canto repertoire. While it mainly showcases classic arias by Gaetano Donizetti, we also hear single selections by Vicenzo Bellini and Giuseppe Verdi. Polished and sensitive orchestral collaboration comes courtesy of Maestro Constantine Orbelian and his vaunted Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra.

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13. Verdi: Rigoletto - V’ho ingannato…colpevole fui

Verdi: Rigoletto - V’ho ingannato…colpevole fui

Music: V’ho ingannato…colpevole fui Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Artists: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone; Nadine Sierra, soprano; Francesco Demuro, tenor; Andrea Mastroni, bass; Oksana Volkova, contralto; Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra; Men of the Kaunas State Choir; Constantine Orbelian, Conductor Available November 10, 2017 Label: Delos Productions (DE 3522) https://delosmusic.com/recording/verdi-rigoletto-complete-hvorostovsky/ Pre-Order on ArkivMusic: http://bit.ly/DE3522AM Giuseppe Verdi may have written his most glamorous and heroic roles for tenors, but he often assigned his more psychologically complex and conflicted character portrayals to baritones—and Rigoletto is just such a role: perhaps the greatest baritone role ever written. It demands not only a magnificent voice, but also a supremely gifted actor who is able to convey a broad range of emotions, human qualities, and inner subtleties. Enter universally beloved Dmitri Hvorostovsky: a prolific Delos artist and supreme Verdi baritone. The resplendent beauty and supreme versatility of his voice is matched only by the depth of his interpretive soul. In this—Dmitri’s first-ever (and long-awaited) complete recording of Rigoletto—he performs the title role magnificently, along with an all-star supporting cast. Choral-orchestral splendor comes courtesy of renowned maestro Constantine Orbelian, his Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, and the men of the Kaunas State Choir. Beloved baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s first-ever—and long-awaited—complete recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto Dmitri’s magnificent vocal and interpretive powers are on glorious display as Rigoletto, perhaps opera’s greatest baritone role. Brilliant collaboration from an all-star cast, with choral-orchestral splendor courtesy of the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and the men of the Kaunas State Choir under the baton of renowned maestro Constantine Orbelian

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14. Classical Chamomile — Mozart: Divertimento No. 3, K. 138 — Andante

Classical Chamomile — Mozart: Divertimento No. 3, K. 138 — Andante

Music: Divertimento No. 3, K. 138 — Andante Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Artists: Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Moscow Chamber Orchestra; Album: Classical Chamomile Label: Delos Productions — DE 1629 “The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool.” - Jane Collingwood, PsychCentral Just as a cup of hot herbal tea will help to relax your physical senses at sleepytime, our collection of calm classics makes for a time-tested, and psychologically endorsed way to soothe body, soul and psyche alike; a sure-fire nostrum to relieve tension, promote inner harmony and restore peace amid the cares and woes of a crazy world. We at Delos have thus combed carefully through our back catalog to come up with the mellowest of classics – both well-known and rare – by top composers, including Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and others; all performed by our peerless roster of master musicians. So sit back, close your eyes, and start sipping your sonic “cup” of Classical Chamomile … then let the laid-back strains of some of the world’s most idyllic and relaxing music wash away your cares and woes.

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15. Frank Ticheli: The Shore and Other Choral Works — Track: There Will Be Rest

Frank Ticheli: The Shore and Other Choral Works — Track: There Will Be Rest

Track: “There will be rest” Composer: Frank Ticheli Artist: Pacific Chorale and the Pacific Symphony; John Alexander, conductor Album: Frank Ticheli: THE SHORE and other choral works Label: Delos Productions, DE 3461 Release date: November 26, 2013 Stunning performances of the complete choral works (to date) of award-winning Composer Frank Ticheli; most in world premiere recordings "...one of the most interesting and attractive composers on the scene today. Ticheli's music is immediately accessible, crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors and timbres. There is also huge energetic impetus and, perhaps most impressively, a hopeful quality and optimism..." -- Lawrence A Johnson Following the tremendous worldwide success of Ticheli’s “There Will Be Rest” (included here), this album responds to growing international clamor for recordings of his other choral compositions. The Shore is a luminous and evocative four-movement work for large chorus and orchestra; performed to perfection by the Pacific Chorale and their affiliated Pacific Symphony. Besides “There Will Be Rest,” three other original works of smaller scale and a short arrangement are superbly performed a cappella by either Pacific Chorale or their affiliated chamber choir, the John Alexander Singers. Distinguished conductor John Alexander leads all performances.

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16. John Williams: Three Pieces from Schindler's List: III. Remembrances

John Williams: Three Pieces from Schindler's List: III. Remembrances

Music: Three Pieces from Schindler's List: III. Remembrances Composer: John Williams Artists: Piet Koornhof, violin; Truida van der Walt, piano; Album: Remembrances Label: Delos Productions DE 3476 Street Date: May 12, 2015 Pre-Order on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1El4CHW http://delosmusic.com Violinist Piet Koornhof, one of South Africa’s most acclaimed musicians, has figured prominently in three prior recordings for Delos. In this release – beautifully partnered by distinguished pianist Truida van der Walt – he has assembled a program of mostly 20th-century works that focus more on his instrument’s lyrical, “singing” qualities than its virtuosic possibilities. Remembrances, the album’s title, derives from John Williams’ suite from his Schindler’s List film score. The suite demonstrates the violin’s unique propensity for music that conveys deep sentiment and searing nostalgia. The remaining short selections – from Rachmaninoff, Schoenfeld, Bolcom, Scott, Kreisler, Ysaÿe, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Kodály and Piazzolla – all bear potent testimony to the instrument’s supreme ability to express haunting musical beauty and profound emotion. Captured in radiant sound, these sweet and soulfully attuned performances by Koornhof and van der Walt make for an exceptional album that will beguile any fan of music for violin and piano.

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17. Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 13: I. Lento doloroso: Allegro vivace

Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 13: I. Lento doloroso: Allegro vivace

Music: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: I. Lento doloroso: Allegro vivace Composer: Edvard Grieg Artists: Haik Kazazyan, violin; Philipp Kopachevsky, piano Album: Grieg Sonatas Label: Delos Productions (DE3523) Street Date: February 10, 2017 “(Haik Kazazyan) ... is a real instrumental talent: big, gleaming sound, virtuoso skills and tender sensibilities.” The New York Times In Haik Kazazyan’s first album for Delos, Opera Fantasies, the brilliant Armenian violin virtuoso demonstrated the fiery, passionate, and technically astonishing sides of his artistry. And the same musical virtues are certainly on display here, in his glowing rendition of the three violin sonatas by the Norwegian master Edvard Grieg. In this new album – with dazzling and soulful collaboration from the rising young Russian piano wizard Philipp Kopachevsky – he also applies the sensitivity, subtlety, and interpretive insight needed to bring these three chamber masterpieces to vibrant life. Composed across a period ranging from Grieg’s early twenties through middle age, these comparatively unfamiliar pieces not only confirm the composer’s winning ways with melodic invention and nationalistic impulse, but also serve as a revealing guide to Grieg’s evolution as a composer.

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18. Michael McGlynn: Celtic Mass - Credo

Michael McGlynn: Celtic Mass - Credo

Music: Celtic Mass - Credo Composer: Michael McGlynn Artists: Taylor Festival Choir; Robert Taylor, Conductor Album: Michael McGlynn - Celtic Mass • James MacMillan - Mass Label: Delos Productions Release Date: September 9, 2016 Delos: https://delosmusic.com/?p=13194 Amazon: http://amzn.to/2biSolQ With this album, Delos offers lovely, skillfully rendered and ear-grabbing accounts of two very different and profoundly spiritual treatments of the Catholic Mass by Irish composer Michael McGlynn and the Scottish master Sir James MacMillan. Both works reflect their creators’ strong Celtic roots. McGlynn’s Celtic Mass intersperses sections in Irish between the traditional Latin elements. Macmillan’s Mass sets the traditional movements in English, and adds other liturgical texts that make the work suitable for use as a stand-alone service. Dr. Robert Taylor’s internationally acclaimed Taylor Festival Choir has earned a firm reputation as being one of America’s most distinguished professional choirs – a reputation confirmed by this glowing recording.

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