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Malmö Opera Orchestra / George Vass





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Image Songs to Texts by Heine, Burns and Scandinavian Po
Ann-Beth Solvang, mezzo soprano
Erling R. Eriksen, piano

With recordings of his symphonies and piano music now available, the Norwegian composer Eyvind Alnæs (1872-1932) is slowly emerging from obscurity to take his place as an important successor to Grieg. Alnæs' music, like Grieg's, marrying an essentially lyrical style with the melodies and rhythms of Norwegian folk-music - but also, in his later output, with an awareness of Debussy and French impressionism. In this recital of Alnæs' atmospheric songs - most of them not previously recorded - Erling R. Eriksen, whose playing of Alnæs' piano works can be heard on an earlier Toccata Classics CD, returns to his music in the company of Ann-Beth Solvang, one of Norway's best mezzos.

This CD marks the 140th anniversary of Alnæs' birth and the 80th of his death and includes a number of first recordings. Ann-Beth Solvang, born in Norway, was a member of Hamburg Opera from 2008 to 2011, singing a wide range of roles. She now works freelance. This is her first recording for Toccata Classics. Erling R. Eriksen is professor of piano in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Stavanger; as of 2009 he teaches also at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

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Image Viola Concerto / Violin Concerto
Nikolay Sachenko, violin
Yuri Bashmet, viola

Novaya Rossiya Orchestra / Claudio Vandeli; Alexander Slatkovsky

The Modernist era wasn't too kind to the violin concerto, so it's easy to understand why Igor Raykhelson takes the last generation of Romantics as a starting point for his work in the genre. Raykhelson's career to date has been divided between Russia and America. It has also been divided between jazz and classical, with the emphasis shifting decisively toward the classical in recent years.

Both dichotomies are played out in these concertos. Rachmaninoff is a clear model (to the point of quotation in the Viola Concerto), with Raykhelson drawing on his predecessor's success in bridging Russian and American tastes. But the Romanticism is up against competition from Raykhelson's jazz side, with swung rhythms and jazzy chords appearing in the finales of both works. In fact, these concertos, which date from 2007 and 2005, respectively, mark an endpoint in the composer's journey from jazz pianist to classical composer, so the jazz only has a nominal presence in what is otherwise a predominantly late-Romantic aesthetic. It integrates well enough, but it always feels constrained, with the soloists only occasionally breaking into jazz rhythms and never even contemplating improvisation.



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Image Piano Music Vol. 1
Adolf Jensen (1837-79) is one of the major figures of German Romanticism. Though dying early, he composed a large corpus of songs and piano music, in a language fusing the heritage of Schumann, Chopin and Liszt into an individual style distinguished by its melodic and lyrical appeal.Yet Jensen has been almost entirely forgotten: there is almost nothing of his huge output of piano pieces and songs available on CD.This first in a series of recordings of his music hopes to restore his name to circulation. The extensive booklet notes are by one of the experts on nineteenth-century piano music, Rohan Stewart-McDonald.Erling R. Eriksen is professor of piano in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Stavanger. This is his third CD for Toccata Classics. Of the first, a recital of Alnaes piano music (TOCC0067) Peter Burwasser wrote in Fanfare: 'Eriksen plays it with great panache and affection' and in The Guardian Tim Ashley commented on the second, a recital of Alnaes songs (TOCC0124): 'They're exquisitely performed by ultra-refined mezzo Ann-Beth Solvang and pianist Erling R. Eriksen'. In recent years Eriksen has given master-classes in Guangzhou, Nanjing, Paris, Pescara, Rome, Stockholm and Weimar. In 2000 was awarded the Grieg Prize for services to Edvard Grieg and his music.



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Image Two Songs For Baritone And Orchestra - Concerto pe
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Image Piano Music Vol 1
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Image Music for String Orchestra
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Image Songs for Baritone and Piano
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Image Piano Music and Songs
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Image Choral Songs in Honour of Victoria
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Image Chamber Music
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Image Complete Piano Music, Vol 2
The piano music of the Czech-born composer Antoine Reicha (1770–1836) – friend of Haydn and Beethoven, teacher of Berlioz, Liszt and Franck – is one of the best-kept secrets in music. He was an important influence on composers of the next generation but apart from an innovative set of fugues his piano works have remained almost unknown since his own day. Encompassing Baroque practices as well as looking forward to the twentieth century, they are full of harmonic and other surprises that show this liveliest of minds at work. The massive variation-set on a French gavotte recorded here for the first time reveals a composer who tempers his learning with a vivid sense of humour.

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Image Russian Folksong
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Image Chamber Music
Robert Kahn, born in Mannheim in 1865, was one of the oldest Jewish composers to have to flee from Hitler he left Germany in 1938 and settled in Biddenden in Kent, where he died in 1951.He produced a large body of gloriously attractive chamber music, expertly crafted and basically Brahmsian in style.His three violin sonatas, written over a twenty-year-period at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, reveal a lyrical composer in the Romantic mainstream but capable of considerable formal inventiveness.



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Image Music for Strings 1
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Image Chamber Music
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Image Libro secondo d'arie
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Image Song Of The Exiles And The Deportees (The)
Jurgita Mintautiene, soprano
Gintautas Skliutas, tenor
Dainius Jozenas, piano

Vilnius Jauna Muzika Municipal Choir / Vaclovas Augustinas

The Lithuanian Vladas Jakubenas (1904–78) is one of a lost generation of Baltic composers. A student of Schreker in Berlin, he returned home to help build the musical culture of his country. The Nazi invasion and Soviet occupation drove him into exile and, after five years in refugee camps in Germany, he settled in Chicago, playing an impotant role in the Lithuanian diaspora in North America.

These eighteen choral songs show the deep identification of his late-Romantic style with the folk-music of the land he was forced to leave behind.

Vaclovas Augustinas (b. 1959) graduated from the Department of Choir Conducting (1981) and the Department of Composition (1992) of the Lithuanian Academy of Music. Since 1992 has been conductor of Jauna Muzika. Some of his compositions have received prizes at national and international competitions and have been published by Alliance Music Publications and Laurendale Associates (USA). Vilnius City Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika was founded in 1989 by the conductor and composer Remigijus Merkelys and its long-lived director Algimantas Gurevicius. The choir received the highest award – Grand Prix Europeo – at the Grand Prix Winners Contest organised by the International Federation for Choral Music in Varna (Bulgaria) in 1993. Earlier this year Toccata Classics released a CD of Bronius Kutavicius’ oratorio The Seasons (TOCC 0200), which featured Jauna Muzika.

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Image Organ Works Vol 2
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Image Eleven Etudes
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Image Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, Vol. 1
This is an issue of considerable potential significance, the opening installment in what is planned as a complete recording of Telemann's 1725/26 Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, the first integral cycle of church cantatas for the liturgical year ever published. Ever the astute self-publicist, Telemann had first announced in the Hamburg press plans to publish a cycle of cantatas as early as 1723, but the late delivery of the texts by the poet, Pastor Michael Brandenburg, forced Telemann to turn to a new cycle, Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst. For this, he sought the help of various poets, but in the end employed texts that were mostly the work of a young Hamburg writer, Arnold Wilckens, who based them largely on the Epistle for the day.

Planned more with domestic than church use in mind, the 72 cantatas are chamber works scored for a single voice, an obbligato instrument (specified with characteristic pragmatism by the composer as "a violin, or oboe, or flute, or recorder"), and continuo. The earliest cantatas of the cycle, sold by subscription, were ready by the end of 1725, in time for the issue of the first in the cycle, the cantata for New Year's Day. Numerous reprints and the number of published copies still extant testify to the success of the venture, a success that was doubtless responsible for Telemann issuing a second collection in 1731-32.



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Image Cello Concerto
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Image Russian Settings of Robert Burns
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Image Complete Piano Music
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Image Piano Concerto
Joseph Banowetz (piano)
Vladimir Ashkenazy (spoken vocals)

Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Thomas Sanderling



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Image Music for Cello
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Image Song-Cycles
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Image Music for Brass and Organ
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Image Orchestral Music
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Image Complete Keyboard Music 1
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Image Keyboard Music, Vol. 3
Stephen Gutman, piano


Rameau was one of the great composers for the keyboard. But because pianists have not adopted his harpsichord music as they have that of the other great names of the Baroque - Bach, Handel and Scarlatti - his stature as one of the world's major keyboard composers is not as fully acknowledged. This series of three CDs aims to underline that claim by presenting all of Rameau's keyboard music on the piano: the familiar suites, a number of discoveries and arrangements by himself and his contemporaries.



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Image Ozymandias and other Romances
Vassily Savenko, bass; Alexander Blok, piano

The music of the Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky (1895-1968) is familiar in his home country but sorely neglected abroad. Lyatoshynsky's songs are neglected even there: this anthology of his best romantsiy for low voice and piano contains many first recordings. The songs meld intense Scriabinesque expressionism with elements of Ukrainian folksong in a language that embraces both the lyrical and the dramatic. His setting of Shelley's Ozymandias, with its warning of the impermanence of power, was a brave act in the Soviet Union of 1924. The booklet contains full sung texts, with English translations by Russian-music expert Anthony Phillips, who also provides an extensive introduction to Lyatoshynsky, his songs and his artistic milieu.

Ukrainian-born Vassily Savenko completed his vocal studies at the Moscow Conservatory. He won both the Mussorgsky and Lysenko Competitions and has sung principal roles for major opera houses in his native Ukraine and in Russia, including the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow and the Kirov Opera, St Petersburg, where he sang Iago (Otello) under Valery Gergiev. In the early 1990s Vassily Savenko moved to Britain where his debut at the Wigmore Hall launched the showcase vocal series 'Russian Images'. He and Alexander Blok have already released Russian Settings of Robert Burns on Toccata Classics (TOCC0039). In 2012 he sang the roles Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin); Khan Konchak (Prince Igor), and the title role in Boris Godunov for the State Academic Opera Theatre, Ukraine.

Later that year he joined the extensive European tour of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta under Emmanuel Villaume, as the mystic healer Ibn-Hakia, with Anna Netrebko in the title role.

Born in Moscow in 1957, Alexander Blok graduated from the Gnessin Academy of Music, Moscow, in Piano (under Vladimir Tropp) and composition under Georgy Litinsky). As a principal soloist with the Moscow Concert Philharmonic, he performs as concert pianist and chamber-music leader. A Moscow resident, he joined the USSR Composers' Union in 1985; his significant output includes compositions for string orchestra, solo piano, vocal, chamber and ballet music. He is related to the influential Russian poet-playwright Alexander Alexandrovich Blok (1880-1921).



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Image Orchestral Music
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Image Jazz Suite / Little Symphony
Igor Raykhelson (Piano), Igor Butman (Saxophone), Yuri Bashmet (Viola), Yuri Goloubev (Double Bass), Eduard Zizak (Drums)

Moscow Soloists / Yuri Bashmet

Born in Leningrad in 1961, Igor Raykhelson studied as a pianist before moving to New York in 1979. He has pursued a varied and successful career as a concert pianist, playing both jazz and classical repertoire. This is the first in a series of discs of his compositions, many of which were inspired by violist Yuri Bashmet.

His style, as one would perhaps expect, is a combination of gritty Russian modernism, tempered with American charm. There are resonances of Schnittke and Shostakovich, but with a strong jazz element. He states in the sleeve-notes that melody is his main focus, and there is certainly a sense of that in his music.

The Little Symphony is a four movement work and essentially a classical piece. It is lightweight; emotionally touching but refreshing. I particularly liked the harmonies of the introduction of the fourth movement. It has a jovial feel and could easily have been written for a film. There are some wonderful quotations in the finale which add a further hint of amusement.



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Image Complete Organ Music
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Image String Quartets Vol. 3
The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume One of this cycle of the complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943) as 'some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartok, Britten, and Tippett'



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Image Piano Music Vol.1
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Image Schubert and his Circle
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Image Brahms by Arrangement Vol 1
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Image Chamber Music Vol 1
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Image Piano Music 1947-2005
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Image Piano Music Vol 1
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Image Piano Music Vol 2
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Image Complete Songs Vol 1
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Image Piano Music 1913-61
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Image Piano Music Vol 1
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Image Chamber Music, Vol. 1
Bettina Beigelbeck, clarinet
Busch Kollegium Karlsruhe

Adolf Busch (1891-1952) enjoys a reputation as one of the greatest of all violinists: his recordings of Beethoven with the Busch Quartet have never been surpassed. But Busch was also one of the major composers of his day, equally natural as contrapuntist and melodist, with a style that owed much to his boyhood idol, Max Reger. Yet, always a man of principle, he sacrificed his career as both violinist and composer with his dignified refusal to perform or be performed in Nazi Germany. This CD of his lyrical writing for clarinet, the first in a series of recordings of Busch's light-filled chamber music, is part of the rediscovery of one of the leading musicians of his day.



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Image Symphonies Nos 1&2
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Image Music for String Orchestra
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Image Miniatures for Violin
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