February 9, 2020
Richard D. Hedgecock, the father of CMD's founder, Ken Hedgecock, passed on January 26, 2020. Richard was a great man, who was completely loyal to his wife and family, passed peacefully while taking a nap, waiting for the time to go to church. As our long time listeners know, whenever a family member passes, we usually play Durufle's "Requiem" in honor of that person. However, since Richard was a life-long lover of all things Western, we thought playing music from his favorite movies, songs and TV shows would be more appropriate. Dad, you will always been in our hearts, every day.
February 8, 2020
The original score for Spartacus was composed and conducted by six-time Academy Award nominee Alex North. It was nominated by the American Film Institute for their list of greatest film scores. It is a textbook example of how modernist compositional styles can be adapted to the Hollywood leitmotif technique. North's score is epic, as befits the scale of the film. After extensive research of music of that period, North gathered a collection of antique instruments that, while not authentically Roman, provided a strong dramatic effect. These instruments included a sarrusophone, Israeli recorder, Chinese oboe, lute, mandolin, Yugoslav flute, kythara, dulcimer, and bagpipes. North's prize instrument was the ondioline, similar to an earlier version of the electronic synthesizer, which had never been used in film before. Much of the music is written without a tonal center, or flirts with tonality in ways that most film composers would not risk. One theme is used to represent both slavery and freedom, but is given different values in different scenes, so that it sounds like different themes. The love theme for Spartacus and Varinia is the most accessible theme in the film, and there is a harsh trumpet figure for Crassus. In this broadcast, CMD has gathered numerous recordings from LP and Tape (from the 1960's) to assemble one of the most complete soundtracks available of Spartacus.
January 23, 2020
Boccaccio, oder Der Prinz von Palermo (Boccaccio, or the Prince of Palermo) is an operetta in three acts by Franz von Suppé to a German libretto by Camillo Walzel and Richard Genée, based on the play by Jean-François Bayard, Adolphe de Leuven, Léon Lévy Brunswick and Arthur de Beauplan, based in turn on The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. The opera was first performed at the Carltheater, Vienna, on 1 February 1879. Joana Filipe Martinez - conductor/producer CMD Grand Opera Company of Barcelona Spain This broadcast is also available on YouTube at:
January 22, 2020
Prelude to La Musica February 4, 2020 5:00 PM Sarasota Yacht Club Sarasota, Florida Join us for cocktails, hor d'oeuvres and a concert by La Musica favorites Daniel Avshalomov (viola) and Derek Han (piano). Purchase tickets at:
January 22, 2020
Die schöne Galathée (The Beautiful Galatea) is an operetta in two acts by Franz von Suppé to a German libretto by the composer and 'Poly Henrion' (the pseudonym of Leonhard Kohl von Kohlenegg). In the early 1860s, French operettas by Jacques Offenbach were first presented in Vienna. Franz von Suppé was obliged to compete with them by taking the time-honored traditions of Vienna and combining it with the new style of Offenbach. Die schöne Galathée was Franz von Suppé's first critical success. Dominique Beaulieu, conductor CMD Paris Philharmonic in Orleans
January 19, 2020
Emilia di Liverpool is a dramma semiserio, ("half-serious") dramatic opera, in two acts with music by Gaetano Donizetti. Giuseppe Checcherini wrote the Italian libretto after the anonymous libretto for Vittorio Trento's Emilia di Laverpaut, itself based on Stefano Scatizzi's play of the same name. It premiered on 28 July 1824 at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples. Conducted by Joana Filipe Martinez CMD Grand Opera Company of Barcelona This broadcast is also available on YouTube at:
January 1, 2020
Over 10 hours of classical music for the New Year.
December 30, 2019
Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) is an opera in three acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. It was premiered on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris, and was given 18 performances in its initial run. Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the opera tells the story of how two men's vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman, whose own dilemma is the conflict between secular love and her sacred oath as a priestess. The friendship duet "Au fond du temple saint", generally known as "The Pearl Fishers Duet", is one of the best-known in Western opera. Dominique Beaulieu, conductor CMD Philharmonic and Chorus of Paris in Orleans Listen on YouTube at:
December 29, 2019
A detailed analysis of Bizet's "Carmen"
December 28, 2019
Georges Bizet composed L'Arlésienne as incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play of the same name, usually translated as The Girl from Arles. It was first performed on 1 October 1872 at the Vaudeville Theatre (now a cinema known as the Gaumont Opéra). Bizet's music consists of 27 numbers (some only a few bars) for voice, chorus, and small orchestra, ranging from short solos to longer entr'actes. Bizet himself played the harmonium backstage at the premiere performance. Dominique Beaulieu, conductor CMD Paris Philharmonic of Paris in Orleans
December 28, 2019
Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias. Dominique Beaulieu, conductor CMD Paris Philharmonic and Chorus in Orleans
October 24, 2019
SWSO and the St George Dance Company
October 19, 2019
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October 15, 2019
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October 15, 2019
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October 13, 2019
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October 4, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: SOMEWHERE ANDREA CHEESEMAN CLARINET Clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman infuses every note of her performances with a sense of passion and purpose. It is with this intentionality that she approaches Ravello Records’ SOMEWHERE, an album of electroacoustic works that expand the clarinet repertoire to new heights while also showcasing Cheeseman in the genre where she feels most at home. Purchase CD at:
October 3, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: PARMA artist and performer David William Ross presents Ravello Records’ AMOR FATI, an album of solo guitar works that travel through the varied grounds of Ross’s guitar prowess. Purchase the CD at:
October 2, 2019
Listen to this broadcast at: With Mark John McEncroe’s MUSICAL IMAGES FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, the composer proves that an academic background is not a prerequisite for musical excellence. His latest Navona Records release brims with quality and care, guiding listeners on a gracefully tonal yet intricate orchestral experience that reflects upon the varied history of the creator himself. Purchase the CD at:
October 1, 2019
We are proud to announce that La Musica International Chamber Music Festival will be sponsoring us for Season 16. Be sure to visit their website at: for more information. Please view our broadcasts for Season 16 on YouTube.
September 25, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: NYC-based Sirius Quartet deftly navigates the peaks and valleys of PLAYING ON THE EDGE, a Navona Records release featuring the genius of five contemporary composers. Experience the risk-taking verve of each moment in this string quartet collection. Purchase album at: For more information about this album, please visit:
September 25, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: Delivering a message of individual empowerment through song, acclaimed vocalist Lela Kaplowitz says that the sole purpose of Big Round Records’ TO ONE is to "bring inner and outer peace and acceptance…through music and positive vibration." Purchase CD at: For more information about this album, track listings, credits, biography, notes and texts, please visit: Visit Lela's website at:
September 24, 2019
This broadcast may be heard on YouTube at: The title of Navona Records’ WINDSWEPT refers to more than just the wind quintet whose sounds make up the musical landscape of this album. It reflects the way the listener is consumed by the stories of each composition and left moved by the power of each. Purchase this album at: For more information on this album, please visit:
September 24, 2019
This broadcast is available for viewing at: In the triumphant THEN ELEPHANT SPEAKS, composer Bill Whitley tells stories of strength and power through acoustic and electric sound. He leads listeners on a journey through melancholic original compositions, atmospheric remixes, the cycles of discovery, and an eventual sense of return. Purchase the CD now at:
September 21, 2019
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September 18, 2019
Il fortunato inganno (The Happy Deception) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, to a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola. Composed in 1823, it was first given on September 3 of that year at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples. It was not a success and has disappeared from the repertory. Conducted and Produced by Joana Filipe Martinez CMD Grand Opera Company of Barcelona Spain Purchase this 2-CD set at:
September 18, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: Russian-born emigrant, music theorist, and educator Alla Cohen presents her double album QUAESTIONES ET RESPONSA. Her latest Ravello Records release features chamber music works with highly original set-ups, bringing instruments like the marimba and vibraphone into the 21st century in a unique, quasi-tonal musical language. Purchase CD at:
September 17, 2019
Listen to this broadcast on YouTube at: With an intimate look at each instrument and each section, no note is ever wasted in the chamber performance. PATTERNS highlights the underlying motifs and musical patterns that weave through each piece and connect instruments within a composition. Navona Records and seven contemporary composers invite the listener to embark on the audial journey that makes up PATTERNS. Purchase CD at:
September 12, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: Australian composer, clarinetist, and shakuhachi flute student Lachlan Skipworth not only delves into complexities in tone, color, and texture in his eponymous album on Navona Records — beyond these, he considers the deeper questions of music’s spiritual purpose.
September 11, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: Soprano Katherine Jolly delivers a mesmerizing performance on PREACH SISTER PREACH, an assemblage of compositions which draw their inspiration from the poetry of Emily Dickinson, climate change commentaries, Lucille Ball and Tina Fey quotes, and more. Jolly’s agile voice brings a supple grace to these compositions no matter the text or instrumentation. Purchase CD at: Download Album at:
September 8, 2019
Psyche Le Chasseur maudit Symphony in D minor Psyche - archive recording from 1954 Le Chasseur and Symphony performed by the CMD Paris Philharmonic in Orleans Conducted by Dominique Beaulieu Watch on YouTube at: Download album at:
September 2, 2019
This broadcast is also available on YouTube at: TANGOS... & SOMETHING MORE GRUPO ENCUENTROS ALICIA TERZIAN conductor Marta Blanco mezzo Claudio Espector piano Sergio Polizzi violin Carlos Nozzi cello Fabio Mazzitelli flute Matias Tchicourel clarinet Daniel Binelli bandoneon Alicia Terzian is a world-recognized, award-winning composer, conductor, and musicologist. She is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Academy of Chile and Spain and is the conductor of Grupo Encuentros, the official group of the International Encounters for Contemporary Music Foundation and the only permanent group in Latin America. For more information and track listings, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download a digital copy at:
August 31, 2019
Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti, K. 588, is an Italian-language opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed on 26 January 1790 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Although it is commonly held that Così fan tutte was written and composed at the suggestion of the Emperor Joseph II, recent research does not support this idea. There is evidence that Mozart's contemporary Antonio Salieri tried to set the libretto but left it unfinished. In 1994, John Rice uncovered two terzetti by Salieri in the Austrian National Library. The short title, Così fan tutte, literally means "So do they all", using the feminine plural (tutte) to indicate women. It is usually translated into English as "Women are like that". The words are sung by the three men in act 2, scene 13, just before the finale; this melodic phrase is also quoted in the overture to the opera. Da Ponte had used the line "Così fan tutte le belle" earlier in Le nozze di Figaro (in act 1, scene 7). Conducted by Dominique Beaulieu CMD Paris Philharmonic and Chorus in Orleans This broadcast is also available on YouTube at: Download album at:
August 31, 2019
A detailed analysis of our upcoming production of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte"
August 24, 2019
Listen to this broadcast on YouTube at: La zingara (The Gypsy Girl) is an opera semiseria in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola after La petite bohémienne (The Little Gypsy) by Louis-Charles Caigniez, which was itself derived from a work of August von Kotzebue. It was Donizetti's first opera written for Naples, and the first performance of this "rescue opera" took place at the Teatro Nuovo on 12 May 1822. Conducted and Produced by Joana Filipe Martinez CMD Grand Opera Company of Barcelona Spain and Chamber Orchestra Download album at:
August 23, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: Seven composers, seven takes on contemporary composition: With RESONATING COLOURS 5, the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild presents a compilation featuring some of the most remarkable voices in chamber composition the autonomous city-state has brought forth. Download this album at:
August 20, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: QUADRANTS vol 3 ALTIUS QUARTET Joshua Ulrich violin Andrew Giordano violin Andrew Krimm viola Zachary Reaves cello The works of the eight composers on QUADRANTS 3 display both the broad scope of styles and energies that the string quartet can produce, while also highlighting the individual talents of each artist. The resident ensemble for QUADRANTS 3, Altius Quartet, who take their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger), handles each piece with skill and flair. Download album now at:
August 19, 2019
This broadcast is now on YouTube at: FOR THE PEACE OF CITIES WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA PHILIP KOPLOW KAREL HUSA KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ "With the arts we can keep faith with our ancestors, speak for justice, and even address the most tragic and painful issues. If you are hurt and angry don't use violence — write a poem or a song. Use your feelings to create something." These words by late composer Philip Koplow (1943-2018) perfectly encapsulate both his life mission as a composer and the mission of FOR THE PEACE OF CITIES. Released posthumously, this collection features Koplow’s masterpieces for orchestra as well as three 20th-century works that commemorate the lives lost in war tragedies. Download now at:
August 15, 2019
This broadcast is available on YouTube at: Many people will be familiar with music's general demand for painstaking accuracy as well as the phrase "Sheet music is not a template for improvisation." Those who prefer to think outside these confines will enjoy making the acquaintance of jazz pianist David Haney, who habitually blurs the line between notation and improvisation, most recently in his newest release BIRTH OF A CITY featuring Bernard Purdie. Download a digital copy of this album at:
August 14, 2019
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August 7, 2019
Robert McCormick and The McCormick Percussion Group are recognized by composers and aficionados throughout the world for their creative interpretations and recordings that are decidedly out of the mainstream of percussion literature. This is all presented on their latest Ravello Records release, SOLI FOR TUBA, ZHENG, HORN, WITH PERCUSSION. Purchase CD at: Download at:
August 6, 2019
Professional chamber choir The Crossing and composer Kile Smith present THE ARC IN THE SKY with choral works elevating the texts of 20th-century intellect Robert Lax in this compelling Navona Records album. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 31, 2019
Australian composer Andrew Anderson defies expectations with a new recording of his magnificent PIANO QUARTETS, interpreted by the Australia Piano Quartet with breathtaking new zest and verve. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 26, 2019
Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing brings to life the striking works of six contemporary composers in this Navona Records release, with performances that are unique and awe-inspiring. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 25, 2019
ESCAPADE, the latest Big Round Records release from composer Joseph T. Spaniola, brilliantly illuminates the many facets of his extensive body of work. Featuring pieces for symphonic orchestras and for small ensembles, ESCAPADE captures the composer’s overall concept of his music as a journey, one defined as much by the listener’s experience as it is by his own creative vision. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 24, 2019
Works for piano duet are all too often deemed an entertainment relic from a time when one had to make music to hear some. Daniel Ott's Navona Records debut FALLING PIECES aims to do away with this preconception in two piano duets that are as energetic as they are technically demanding. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 23, 2019
Allow composer Richard Carr to lead you through his tremendous global traveling experiences in his latest Ravello Records album PLACES I’VE WALKED. In each track, Carr interprets his adventures through composition and includes sonic elements of his travels to show listeners what these intriguing places are really like. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 1, 2019
SUMMER & WINTER SONGS MIRA J. SPEKTOR Maeve Höglund soprano Jean-Paul Björlin piano & tenor Hailed by the New York Times as "An interesting composer” and "attractive and tonal" with music described as "a passionate duet “ and "a sprightly songfest,” prolific contemporary composer Mira J. Spektor’s career spans decades, languages, and disciplines. With a compositional repertoire including chamber operas, musicals, film scores, art songs, and cabaret, Spektor has written English, French, and German songs and performed and recorded in the United States, Europe, and Israel. She is also a published poet and brings her wealth of knowledge, experience, and musical passion to her Navona Records debut SUMMER & WINTER SONGS. Purchase CD at: Download digital copy at:
July 1, 2019
STRING QUARTETS 1, 2 & 3 ELEANOR ALBERGA Ensemble Arcadiana Thomas Bowes violin 1 Jacqueline Shave/Oscar Perks violin 2 Andres Kaljuste viola Jonathan Swensen cello Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga stuns listeners with her spellbinding Navona Records debut: ALBERGA STRING QUARTETS 1, 2 AND 3, a carefully thought out yet naturally flowing example of Alberga’s creative genius, performed by the unmatched Ensemble Arcadiana. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 1, 2019
PARMA Recordings is delighted to announce the release of DIRECT CONTACT by renowned pianist Roberta Rust. In this Navona Records release, Rust pays homage to eight composers whom she has had the opportunity to work directly with in some capacity during her impressive career. Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 1, 2019
On A PATH OF LIGHT, their debut release on Ansonica Records, Hevreh Ensemble offers up a set of music that highlights the unique blend of jazz, world music, and chamber music which critics call "a new sort of aesthetic that defies description." Purchase CD at: Download at:
July 1, 2019
IN TANDEM is a Navona Records multi-composer release featuring five unique composers. Each track offers an intriguing experience from polyptych storytelling to experimenting with the composition of free jazz and a minimal exploration of violin and cello. Purchase CD at: Download at:
May 26, 2019
ONE-ELEVEN HEAVY A CHAMBER OPERA MATT FREY Hotel Elefant | David Bloom Conductor Jenny Ribeiro soprano Karim Sulayman tenor On September 2, 1998, 229 passengers and crew members lost their lives when Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia. Composer Matt Frey, who identified with the Swissair tragedy due to his own brush with a plane malfunction, explores the human relationship to air travel while also commemorating the lives lost in the chamber opera ONE-ELEVEN HEAVY. Purchase CD at: Download at:
May 17, 2019
Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40 Villa-Lobos: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 1 Murphy: Piano Trio No. 1 Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36 For more information, please visit:
May 16, 2019
LINES & SPACES THE MUSIC OF THAD ANDERSON The 15 tracks on Thad Anderson’s LINES & SPACES are from his Lines series, based on his compositional technique called “duration lines” that create both structure and polyrhythmic interest. Anderson integrates traditional instruments with fixed media, live processing, and tuned metals to create pieces that are infinitely malleable. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
May 14, 2019
PRISMA vol 2 CONTEMPORARY CONCERTOS AND WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA JAMES LENTINI RAIN WORTHINGTON JAN JÄRVLEPP PETER CASTINE BETH MEHOCIC Navona Records proudly presents PRISMA VOL. 2, an epic journey into the world of the large ensemble with five of today’s top contemporary composers. This collection demonstrates the diversity of the orchestral and concerto composition, both in instrumentation and emotion. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
May 13, 2019
Violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Futaba Niekawa, professionally known as duo526, stun with their dazzling interpretation of Villa Lobos, Bax, and Bolcom on their new aptly-titled album DUO FANTASY. Played with great insightfulness and panache, DUO FANTASY is an extraordinary treat for lovers of early 20th-century music. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
May 8, 2019
THE GERSHWIN & BERNSTEIN CONNECTION Eliane Rodrigues piano Nina Smeets piano Carlo Willems percussion Koen Wilmaers percussion Piano virtuoso Eliane Rodrigues returns with her latest Navona Records release — THE GERSHWIN & BERNSTEIN CONNECTION, a new look at timeless pieces by legendary American composers. Together with talented artists including her daughter, pianist Nina Smeets, Rodrigues thrills audiences once again with her moving and truly spellbinding performances. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
May 7, 2019
Prokofiev: Sonata for 2 Violins in C Major, Op. 56 Brahms: Sonata in F minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 6
May 7, 2019
A hero returns home from the crusades only to find his wife has betrayed their marriage. Do you divorce her, kill her lover or have complete forgiveness for all? Kathryn Cavanaugh - Producer/Conductor CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice Download at:
May 4, 2019
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Kathryn Cavanaugh - conductor/producer CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice Orchestra Sylvia Wagner - conductor/producer CMD German Opera Company of Berlin Orchestra
May 4, 2019
Some of my thoughts behind the music I composed the orchestral work The Secret Garden (Den Hemmelige Have) to be a part of the similarly titled art installation or “gesamtkunstwerk” – created by Maria Dubin (colors, floor design and glass), Kim Borch (light), and myself (music) for the entrance to the radiation therapy section at Rigshospitalet (The National Hospital) in Copenhagen, Denmark. This makes it a piece of music with a target audience; patients, relatives, and hospital staff. Composing music for this particular setting and audience was a challenge, and also a great responsibility. In order to do so I first spent time in the radiation therapy section of the hospital to get a clear image of where and how the music would be experienced, and – by observing and talking with the patients and staff, a better understanding of the experience itself of waiting for the treatments. After careful and prolonged preparations came the work of actually composing the music, and for that I drew on the observations from the hospital, and of course on my combined experience and knowledge as a composer, but also to a large degree on my personal experiences as a relative. Both my parents died from cancer after year-long battles. Watch the YouTube video at: For more information on the composer, please visit: Available on Spotify at:
May 4, 2019
JITRO IN HEAVEN, the fourth release on Navona Records from the Jitro Czech Girls Choir, balances the liturgical with the lighthearted. Propelled by the fusion of Petr Eben’s compositions, the Choir’s virtuosic ability to capture the emotional essence of the songs, and the conductor’s artful and sensitive leadership, it is an unforgettable collection of contemporary choral performances. For more information, please visit: Download now at: Purchase CD at:
May 2, 2019
In this broadcast we venture to the darkside of YouTube of music videos that promise everything from re-growing your hair to changing your sex. This is the world of ClickBait, videos in which their only objective is to get you to listen to their videos countless times a day in a pursuit to improve yourself, physically. We were intrigued by the electronic music created by ClickBait composers which can be quite exceptional. Since this music is composed to relax you, we highly suggest that you listen to this broadcast when you are NOT driving or operating machinery of any kind! Please note: this broadcast is strictly for entertainment purposes and listening to this music will not grow hair on your head, make you rich, give you luck while gambling, etc. While the intent of these videos is clearly (as Sheldon Cooper would say) "Malarkey" we think the music composed is clearly worth a listen to. Download now at:
April 27, 2019
TACIT-CITAT-ION MODERN CHAMBER WORKS REBECKA SOFIA AHVENNIEMI Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi's debut TACIT-CITAT-ION is a reflection of contemporary Scandinavian composition – gestural, yet empowered by painstaking attention to detail. Where other composers' work ends, Ahvenniemi only begins. Breath sounds, glottal stops, microphone static, white noise, electronic interferences, the percussive friction of instrument bows – these byproducts of music are the backbone of TACIT-CITAT-ION, yielding a truly unique auditory experience. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
April 25, 2019
Charles Ives Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 2 Sylvia Wagner - conductor/producer CMD German Opera Company of Berlin Orchestra
April 23, 2019
Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" Dominique Beaulieu - conductor CMD Paris Philharmonic in Orleans Download now at:
April 23, 2019
FINLAND-BASED FILM COMPOSER KEPA LEHTINEN RELEASES NEW ALBUM, HELSINKI IN NOVEMBER, OF PIANO AND THEREMIN MUSIC! Well-known Finland-based film and TV composer Kepa Lehtinen is proud to announce the release of his new album, Helsinki In November, that features original contemporary classical music written for piano, contrabass, and theremin. The theremin is an almost-century-old electronic instrument that’s played by hand gestures rather than direct contact and is seldom encountered in the classical world. Lehtinen, however, makes the instrument a cornerstone of his sound and Helsinki In November gives listeners a master class in what this unusual instrument can do. The theremin takes the role of a violin in more typical classical duets and compliments the piano well. It also allows for sounds and techniques a violin could never equal. The combination of theremin, piano, and contrabass creates a sound full of cinematic darkness that immediately commands attention. On Helsinki In November the theremin is no longer a freak but a stand-alone lead instrument. Kepa Lehtinen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1971 and began studying music in childhood, eventually learning to play piano, synthesizers, theremin and drums. He went on to study Sound Design at Finland’s Aalto University and has since written music for many films, commercials, and TV productions. He routinely works as a composer, sound editor, and sound designer. His work has appeared in award-winning Finnish titles such as Kimmo (TV series), Almost 18 (feature film), and A Stone Left Unturned (short film). He released his first solo album, Playing Theremin, in 2018. The set combined Kepa’s impressive theremin playing with the sound of analog synths and was exceptionally well-received. Finally in this album, after beautiful and sometimes melancholic athmosphere, the last track 10 print "kontula;" is a freak combination of etheric theremin and Commodore-64 sounds which will leave the listener really upset. Listen to the full album now at:
April 20, 2019
Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major, D. 125 Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 2 in A Major Dominique Beaulieu, conductor CMD Paris Philharmonic in Orleans Download now at:
April 17, 2019
VOICES OF EARTH & AIR VOL II WORKS FOR CHORUS SCOTT SOLAK JONATHAN DAVID LITTLE HELEN MACKINNON L PETER DEUTSCH JULI NUNLIST DANIEL MORSE PETER GREVE WHITMAN BROWN VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR 2 presents the best that modern choral compositions have to offer. Settings of traditional prayers are mingled with ethereal stories and otherworldly visions, and each of the eight compositions both stand unique and work together harmoniously to create a collection that nods to the future of choral music. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
April 16, 2019
Here at Classical Music Discoveries, we grieve with the world for the loss of this internationally famous building that has stood for over 800 years and represents an important part of the human journey. Please donate to the restoration at: Artwork by: Cristina Correa Freile Music: Durfle: Requiem, Op. 9 CMD Paris Philharmonic and Chorus in Orleans Conducted by Dominique Beaulieu
April 14, 2019
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 Kathryn Cavanaugh - Producer/Conductor CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice Orchestra Download now at:
April 12, 2019
ECUMENICAL SPIRIT MICHAEL G. CUNNINGHAM Composer Michael G. Cunningham introduces the beauty of sacred choral compositions with the unique energy of the live recording. “Ecumenical” is defined as the promotion of unity among different Christian churches across the world, and ECUMENICAL SPIRIT celebrates the unifying powers of music as it transcends the borders of all differences. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
April 9, 2019
MIGRATION FUEGO QUARTET Nicki Roman soprano saxophone Erik Elmgren alto saxophone Harrison Clarke tenor saxophone Gabriel Piqué baritone saxophone The Fuego Quartet, featuring saxophonists Nicki Roman, Erik Elmgren, Harrison Clarke, and Gabriel Piqué, makes their Ravello Records debut with the innovative MIGRATION, a collection that demonstrates the versatility and complexity of the saxophone as it migrates through genre boundaries. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
April 8, 2019
BETWEEN WORLDS GIOVANNI PIACENTINI Composed almost entirely in 2018 and performed by composer Giovanni Piacentini, the music on BETWEEN WORLDS serves as a brand-new snapshot of a musician's prowess at the height of his creative capabilities. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
April 2, 2019
VIRTUOSITY JOHN ROBERTSON Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra Anthony Armoré conductor Characterized by a unique style of instrumentation and experimentation with formality, VIRTUOSITY is the colorful expression of composer John Robertson's symphonic creativity. VIRTUOSITY combines a clarinet and a trumpet concerto, a symphony, and an orchestral fantasy based on a Maori love story – all on one album. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 30, 2019
YES…IT’S A THING! WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS OF NEW MUSIC FOR FLUTE & CLASSICAL GUITAR DUO SEQUENZA Debra Silvert flute, alto flute, piccolo Paul Bowman classical guitar The long-awaited release from the chamber ensemble Duo Sequenza, YES…IT’S A THING!, includes works by five critically acclaimed contemporary composers. David Noon is one of the most prolific composers in the U.S.; Jerry Owen’s numerous achievements include two Pulitzer Prize nominations; Jorge Muñiz has had his music performed by chamber ensembles, chorales and orchestras throughout the world; Marc Mellits is one of the leading American composers of his generation and one of the most performed and recorded living composers in the United States; and Amin Sharifi’s recent works have been performed in the United States, Europe, and his native Iran. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 27, 2019
SUSTAIN WORKS FOR PIANO & PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS DANIEL ADAMS JOHN A. CAROLLO JOHN DANTE PREVEDINI ROBERT E. THOMAS WILLEM VAN TWILLERT Within their varied appearances and sounds, the piano, vibraphone, and marimba make up a unique family. Nonetheless, key similarities bind them together, and SUSTAIN explores just that. The latest multi-composer release by Navona Records, SUSTAIN presents works for various keyboards that explore not only the abilities of each instrument, but the varied approaches from five different composers. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 27, 2019
FERRUCCIO BUSONI: THE LATE WORKS - Svetlana Belsky Music lovers are familiar with Ferruccio Busoni due to his extensive revisions of Johann Sebastian Bach's keyboard works, but the Italian's own compositions have long been reserved for the pleasure of a handful of connoisseurs. Looking at their technical scope, it is not difficult to see why: Busoni, a true-blue composer in the original sense of the word, possesses an original, eclectic style that is difficult to categorize. Pianist-performer Svetlana Belsky, who first discovered her love for the musical creator during her doctoral studies, thus insightfully avoids any attempt at stylistic classification, but rather interprets each and every piece with great respect to the particular work's inherent nature. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 25, 2019
PEACE, NATURE & RENEWAL THE MUSIC OF MARK DAL PORTO Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský conductor Vox Futura | Andrew Shenton conductor Tracy Carr oboe Mark Dal Porto piano Arcadian Winds Purchase CD at: Download at: For more information, please visit:
March 25, 2019
LIVE IN OSTRAVA MARK JOHN MCENCROE Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Anthony Armore conductor Heiko Mathias Förster conductor Mark John McEncroe, who started his musical training in his late 30's, had always exhibited a varied, profound interest in music – one that led him to work as a major music label manager over the course of two decades. No doubt that it was partially this section of his professional career which formed the basis of his personal compositional language. Unimpeded by the constrictions of a musical academic career, he developed a style which is unapologetically concrete and evocative. Purchase CD at: Download at: For more information, please visit:
March 23, 2019
Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) is an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet), Paris on 27 April 1867. This opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song "Je veux vivre" for the soprano. Joana Filipe Martinez - Producer/Conductor CMD Grand Opera Company of Barcelona Spain Download now at:
March 22, 2019
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70 Kathryn Cavanaugh - Conductor/Producer CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice Orchestra Prokofiev: Symphony No 6 in C-flat minor, Op. 111 Sylvia Wagner - Conductor CMD German Opera Company of Berlin Orchestra
March 20, 2019
Kodaly: Duo for Violin and Cello Bilik: Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 30 Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26 For more information, please visit:
March 19, 2019
RENMEN LAMENTS RENAISSANCE MEN Eric Christopher Perry Tenor, Conductor, and Artistic Director Alexander Nishibun Tenor Kilian Mooney Tenor Garry McLinn Tenor Peter Schilling Baritone and Business Manager Will Prapestis Baritone Brian Church Baritone Dominick Matsko Baritone Benjamin Pfeil Bass-Baritone Anthony Burkes Garza Bass and General Manager Despite the frequent crescendos to the sonic peaks of each composition, RENMEN LAMENTS is an exploration into the valleys of the soul. For most, creating art in the realm of somber moods poses challenges. For the Renaissance Men, the melancholic nature of their musical exploration is not only achieved individually but shared amongst the talents of the vocalists. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD: Download at:
March 19, 2019
The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118 is Sergei Prokofiev's eighth and last ballet, written between 1948 and 1953. It is based on the Russian Ural folk tale The Stone Flower by Pavel Bazhov and is also the last of the trilogy of ballets Prokofiev wrote in the Russian ballet tradition. Sylvia Wagner - Conductor/Producer CMD German Opera Company of Berlin Recorded/Edited by CMD Recordings
March 16, 2019
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 Dominique Beaulieu - conductor CMD Paris Philharmonic in Orleans Download at:
March 16, 2019
"Power Song" by Ace Patterson
March 15, 2019
WITH STRINGS LIVE SAMPLING IN COUNTERPOINT JEFF MORRIS Ulrich Maiß electric cello Eric KM Clark violin Jeff Morris's second album, WITH STRINGS, explores the possibilities of 21st-century counterpoint. He builds up rich musical textures by sampling violin and cello live and folding them back into the mix, influencing the performers in turn. For more information, please visit:
March 14, 2019
IMAGINARY BIRDS MUSIC FOR OBOE & ENGLISH HORN PHIL SALATHÉ Ling-Fei Kang oboe Charles Huang english horn, oboe Andrew Knebel viola Annabelle Taubl harp Yu-Chen Shih piano/celesta Katie Kennedy cello Mohamed Shams piano John Birt guitar What can one expect from a musician who spent his youth getting into trouble by furtively composing in chemistry class? Apparently a lot, provided they are cut from the same cloth as multi-faceted composer Phil Salathé, the brains behind IMAGINARY BIRDS: MUSIC FOR OBOE AND ENGLISH HORN. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download CD at:
March 14, 2019
PARMA Recordings is excited to bring you a collection of concertos that provides a stunning look into the minds of five of Navona Records' premiere composers, as well as a reflection on the human experience itself. BENEATH THE TIDE explores human emotion in various facets of life, as expressed by the unique voice of the Croatian Chamber Orchestra. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 12, 2019
Although Schoenberg is often seen as a composer strictly concerned with pitch, his interests in timbre and sonority are ever-present in all five of his completed piano works. Pianist Yoko Hirota performs three of Schoenberg’s completed works along with the 17 fragments that he never brought to completion. Hirota, praised as being "precise and keenly projective" and demonstrating the "highest level of proficiency," is one of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano repertory, and she brings Schoenberg’s compositions to life with conviction. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 12, 2019
Soprano Shudong Braamse blends vocal artistry with technical skill in her recording of SUEÑOS DE ESPAÑA. This treasury of Spanish art song relates stories of passionate love, broken promises, and heartfelt prayers. Braamse's performance demonstrates both an understanding of the rich Spanish culture and its 19th-century romantic poetry. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 11, 2019
It is tempting to compare Meštrović's compositional style to his great predecessors in the late-Romantic tradition. After all, much of the Croatian composer's style and techniques would be right at home in Rachmaninoff’s concertos, Tchaikovsky's works, or Prokofiev's neoclassicism; and the name of the album's first work, Danube Rhapsody, naturally evokes associations with Smetana's similarly river-themed Vltava. Add to all of this that Meštrović, like most of his great musical ancestors, is a talented virtuoso pianist, and it's easy to see why 3 RHAPSODIES will stick with you. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 10, 2019
Roméo et Juliette is a symphonie dramatique, a large-scale choral symphony by French composer Hector Berlioz, which was first performed on 24 November 1839. The libretto was written by Émile Deschamps, and the completed work was assigned the catalogue numbers Op. 17 and H. 79. It is based on Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet; it is regarded as one of Berlioz's finest works, and it is among the most original in form. The score is Berlioz's most comprehensive and detailed programmatic piece. Kathryn Cavanaugh - Conductor/Producer CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice
March 9, 2019
The final concert of La Musica's 2018 Season. Bernstein: Piano Trio Brahms: Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40 Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163 For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:
March 8, 2019
D’Haene creates a remarkable musical world in MUSIC WITH SILENT AITAKE’S. When he was 25 years old, he began his life-long fascination with gagaku music, or traditional Japanese court music, that has informed his compositional style throughout his career. This study of a musical style different from that of his own culture resulted in what the composer calls "paradoxophony" or "paradoxical coexistence." For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
March 7, 2019
This year on the 6th April, I`m performing in the Holst Room, London UK for the 2nd time. Click to see the full programme, and book tickets:
March 6, 2019
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev reused music from the ballet in three suites for orchestra and a solo piano work. Sylvia Wagner - Conductor/Producer CMD German Opera Company of Berlin Orchestra Download now at:
March 5, 2019
Sergio Cervetti, born in Uruguay, immigrated to the United States in 1962 to study contemporary composition, and his work contains a certain cosmopolitan quality reflective of his past and present. Although essentially a minimalist since 1970, he has branched out to embrace and incorporate diverse elements from a variety of aesthetics. The versatile creator understands how to pull the virtually unimaginable from its metaphysical realm into the here and now, a sudden manifestation of spirituality transcending dissonance. Ever-present is the nexus of nature and science, of the mundane and the miraculous. For more information, please visit: Purchase CD at: Download at:
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