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gene's CLASSICAL shelf

if you are reading this, there's a good chance you know Gene. He's the owner/operator of Horizon Records and he's kind of a geek† about classical in all its many forms, and especially about piano music, things from ECM Records , and lately about what he calls late moderns (ambient, minimalists, and the generally bliss-ed out edges of classical)... I've heard that some days that's the only thing that gets played in the back room. Even Renaissance and Early choral music, omg Poor Luci.

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Janine Jansen embarks on a journey recording on 12 of the world's most precious instruments. "All 12 violins are by the master Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari and have been played by an encyclopedic list of great violinists. Each of them has its own distinctive sound and character which violinists normally have months, if not years, to respond to and make their own. Jansen had only a matter of days with these violins before going into the recording studio accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano.

Janine Jansen - 12 Stradivari
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Balmorhea

The Wind

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Copious creative influences run through Balmorhea's Deutsche Grammophon debut album. The Wind comprises a dozen tracks inspired by meditations on the natural world and its fragility, an ancient tale of a saint who carried the wind to an airless French valley, and thoughts of climate activist Greta Thunberg crossing the Atlantic on the catamaran La Vagabonde.

Balmorhea - The Wind
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As Anneleen Lenaerts proves, Nino Rota brought the same gifts to his music for harp as he did to such unforgettable film scores as 'The Godfather', 'La Dolce Vita' and 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Anneleen Lenaerts / Pahud,Emmanuel - Rota: Concerto & Transcriptions [Digipak]
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Vinyl LP pressing. Alexandre Tharaud pays tribute to composers associated with the courts of the French kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI. Lully, Rameau, Charpentier and Franois Couperin stand beside lesser-known masters: d'Anglebert, Forqueray, Royer, Duphly and Balbastre.
Alexandre Tharaud - Versailles (French baroque music)
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However cultivated the European centers of Habsburg imperial power may have been, few could regularly have boasted musicians of the caliber of Cinquecento. On this release, their ongoing exploration of Franco-Flemish repertoire from the sixteenth century uncovers major works by Johannes de Cleve and Jacobus Vaet.
Cinquecento - Cleve: Missa Rex Babylonis
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On this exciting release from Hyperion, Stephen Hough performs a collection of exquisite Brahmsian miniatures. The pianist refers to these works as brief meditations on last things before 'the light fades and the final cigar is extinguished.'
Stephen Hough - Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces
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Pascal Rogé, long considered the greatest living exponent of French piano repertoire, is joined by his pianist wife Ami in a program devoted to works by Les Six. This group of composers, brought together by Jean Cocteau in 1917, was formed as a musical reaction to the suffocating influence of German romanticism upon French musical culture. The program here includes the 1920 L'Album des Six, Scaramouche by Milhaud, Cinq Bagatelles for piano 4 hands by Auric, Two Pieces for 4 hands Op.7 by Durey and works by Honegger and Tailleferre. Closing the program is Satie's "Parade."
Pascal Rogé - Les Six & Satie
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Olafur Arnalds - "re: member" BAFTA-winning composer, musician, and producer Olafur Arnalds releases re: member, his first studio album since 2013's For Now I Am Winter. The album features Arnalds' new software, Stratus, which transforms the piano into a unique new instrument. The result of years of work by Arnalds and audio developer Halldór Eldjárn, the Stratus Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative player pianos and the driving force of Arnalds' album, supported by a string quartet, synths, electronics, and drums.
Olafur Arnalds - Re:Member
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VinyL LP pressing. Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds reissues and revives his debut album in the form of a special remastered 10th Anniversary edition titled Eulogy For Evolution 2017. Following it's initial release in 2007 and coinciding with Olafur's 30th birthday, label founder Robert Raths gifted the chance for this record to shine a second time. Eulogy For Evolution is a journey from birth to death, transporting the listener through life itself. Originally written as a teenager, the record has now been restored with the help of his friends, remixed by Olafur himself and remastered by Nils Frahm. The cover art was redesigned and enhanced by Torsten Posselt at FELD using the original photographs taken by Stuart Bailes during a trip to Olafur's home in Iceland in 2007.
Olafur Arnalds - Eulogy For Evolution 2017
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Two CDs. 2019 release from Víkingur Olafsson. This album combines the original Bach album, a collection of both well-known and rarely performed pieces by the famous Baroque composer, including transcriptions by Busconi, Rachmaninov, Siloti, and Víkingur himself; and Bach Reworks, an album of new arrangements of Víkingur's Bach transcriptions from electronic artists such as Valgeir Sigurdsson and Ben Frost, Peter Gregson, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Vikingur Olafsson - Johann Sebastian Bach Piano & Reworks
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The title of "The Decalogue" has a touch of the grandiose: it means "The Ten Commandments." Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens's piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy. With "The Decalogue," now released digitally, and on vinyl and CD, Sufjan is making-gently, without ostentation-new departures.

Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres - The Decalogue [LP]
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The title of "The Decalogue" has a touch of the grandiose: it means "The Ten Commandments." Yet this score, composed by Sufjan Stevens for a dance work choreographed by Justin Peck that premiered with the New York City Ballet in May of 2017, is quiet and experimental. Stevens's piano score, as played and recorded by Timo Andres, sounds like etudes in the Romantic-modernist tradition, as if prompted by Debussy. With "The Decalogue," now released digitally, and on vinyl and CD, Sufjan is making-gently, without ostentation-new departures.

Sufjan Stevens & Timo Andres - The Decalogue [Deluxe Edition]
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2019 release. Steven Osborne is one of Britain's most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. His residencies at London's Wigmore Hall, Antwerp's deSingel, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and most recently with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are a testament to the breadth of his interests and the respect he commands.
Steven Osborne - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6 7 & 8
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The acclaimed violinist Jennifer Pike returns to Chandos to explore her heritage through the repertoire of a group of composers fundamental to the history of Polish music for the violin. From Janiewicz in the late eighteenth century right through to Bacewicz in the middle of the twentieth, Poland produced a number of composer-violinists well known across Europe. All of them were talented musicians as well as composers, their compositions technically demanding. Jennifer Pike here plays music by Karlowicz, Szymanowski, Wieniawski, and Moszkowski with complete control and deep feeling, sympathetically accompanied by Petr Limonov, winner of the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition.
Sibelius/Tchaikovsky - Polish Violin
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Sheku performs Elgar's Cello Concerto with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The concerto is complemented by a collection of pieces from Elgar's time, all chosen by Sheku as a reflection on the different moods and influences in Elgar's seminal concerto. Selections include new arrangements for various string settings, from Sheku's own arrangement for solo cello ("Blow the Wind Southerly") to a six-cello arrangement of "Nimrod."

Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Elgar
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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, critically acclaimed artists of interntional renown- and also close friends- record together for the first time on this album of Johann Sebastian Bach's complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord. The artists approach these works as Bach intended: as trio sonatas with equally important roles for the violin and the harpsichord's treble and bass lines. In addition to the six Sonatas, the album offers the remarkable and ravishingly poetic Cantabile, BWV 1019a, a free-standing work that Bach originally conceived as a movement of the Sonata, BWV 1019. Cedille's audiophile engineering and the intimate acoustics of Evanston, Illinois's Nichols Hall allow the complex trio textures to blossom with detail. In all, the album sets a new standard for a body of work that Bach's son, CPE, considered among his father's finest compositions. Rachel Barton Pine is a Billboard chart-topping artist. Her 2016 album 'Testament,' comprising JS Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin entered the Billboard Classical Chart in the No. 1 position, as did her 2013 Cedille album 'Violin Lullabies.' Making his Cedille label debut, Vinikour received Grammy Award nominations in the category of Best Solo Instrumental Recording for his 2013 album of modern American music for harpsichord and his 2012 release of Rameau's complete harpsichord works.
Rachel Barton Pine - Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord
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'As a spectacle, it's eccentric and quite brilliant ' much like the man himself' - The Independent Nils Frahm announces the release of Encores 3 on 20 September 2019, the third and final instalment of his Encores series. The three EPs will be available as one full length release titled All Encores featuring 80 minutes of music on 18 October, to follow his masterful 2018 album All Melody. Whilst Encores 1 focused on an acoustic pallet of sounds with solo piano and harmonium at the core, and Encores 2 explored more ambient landscapes, now Encores 3 sees Nils expand on the percussive and electronic elements in his work. 'The idea behind All Encores is one we had from before All Melody; to separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme, perhaps even as a triple album. But All Melody became larger than itself and took over any initial concepts. I think the idea of All Encores is like musical islands that compliment All Melody.' Moulded during All Melody but refined by his live performances, All Encores is testament to Nils' exceptional ability to craft his art on stage. Artificially Intelligent which showcases his 'mad professor' organ, and All Armed which has been a live favourite for some time, appearing on set lists since 2015, are now available to hear on record for the very first time. The final track of Encores 3, as well as the whole series, Amirador, perhaps aptly nods to the Spanish word for 'lookout' and hints at what's to come. Frahm has been touring extensively following the release of All Melody, bringing his spectacular live show all around the world with sold out performances including the Hammersmith Apollo in London, L.A.'s Disney Hall, Brooklyn Steel, Le Trianon in Paris and Funkhaus in Berlin. Nils returns to the UK capitol for The Hydra's summer 2019 series, headlining Printworks on August 23, with further European dates following the release of Encores 3 and All Encores. Praise for Encores 1 and 2: 'Where All Melody was elegantly dense, Encores 1 is soft and spare, four solo piano compositions and one for harmonium, all of which mostly dance through Frahm's particular balance of pastoral optimism, countered always with a shaded melancholy ' like closing your eyes and looking right at the daylight' ' NPR Frahm remains a musical sorcerer supreme ' Mixmag

Nils Frahm - All Encores [LP]
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2019 release. Fearlessly embracing new music, Norwegian virtuoso violinist Mari Samuelsen debuts on Deutsche Grammophon as the first woman violinist on DG's New Repertoire roster. Her self-titled album, MARI, features pieces by Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Peter Gregson, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, and more.
Mari Samuelsen - Mari
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2020 release. If the name of Henry Charles Litolff is familiar today only through the scherzo of his Concerto symphonique No 4, the absurdity of that 'one-hit composer' tag is clearly demonstrated by this release. These are among the finest examples of the piano trio genre still inexplicably absent from the standard repertoire.
Leonore Piano Trio - Litolff: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2
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JS Bach's cello suites are known and loved by classical aficionados worldwide. These are the second known recordings of the suites on violin and the first to feature the 6th Suite on 5-string violin. Gandelsman's years of experience with master musicians from various world traditions (Bela Fleck, Martin Hayes, Kayhan Kalhor) bring a refreshing deeply personal view to these magnificent works.
Johnny Gandelsman - J.s. Bach: Complete Cello Suites (Transcribed For Violin)
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Jóhann Jóhannsson - "Englabörn & Variations (Remastered 2017)" Deutsche Grammophon releases a newly-remastered version of Jóhann Jóhannsson's critically-acclaimed debut album, Englabörn, combined with a complete album of brand new reworks, Variations. Variations features reworks by artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Theater of Voices, Alex Somers and Viking Olafsson. This double album, beginning with the haunting track "Odi et Amo," takes the listener on a journey through Jóhannsson's unique sound-world.
Johann Johannsson - Englaborn & Variations [Remastered]
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Born out of a meeting between Philip Glass and flutist James Strauss in 2011, Venezuelan Elegy is a celebration of the artistic sprit. Despite being a flutist by training, Glass has not written extensively for 'his' instrument. Strauss always wanted to perform Glass's music, so he wrote his own arrangements of several Glass compositions. Strauss moved to Venezuela right as political troubles were coming to a head. For him, this recording was a chance showcase great musicians who found themselves in the midst of a collapsing government.
James Strauss - Glass: Venezuelan Elegy
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The figures of Auguste Dupont and Peter Benoit may be little known outside their native Belgium, yet both enjoyed pianistic and pedagogical success in their lifetimes. Benoit's symphonic poem is a piano concerto in all but name, ending with a spiritedly Mephistophelean 'fantastical hunt'.
Howard Shelley - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.80
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Palestrina: Lamentations - Cinquecento - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was perhaps the preeminent composer of the sixteenth century. His settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah would have been integral to the liturgical rites of Holy Week. On this release, Cinquecento offer performances that bring out every nuance of this emotionally powerful music.
Cinquecento - Palestrina: Lamentations
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Brad Mehldau

After Bach

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2018 release. After Bach comprises Brad Mehldau's recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an After Bach piece written by Mehldau and inspired by it's WTC mate. "There have always been elements of Mehldau's style that recall Bach," writes Timo Andres in the liner note. "After Bach surveys their shared ground as keyboardists, improvisers, and composers, making implicit parallels explicit."
Brad Mehldau - After Bach
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