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Image Blues
This Orchid album is a collection of short pieces by composers who were directly influenced by Jazz.

Starting and finishing the record will be George Gershwin, the most successful of all those who attempted to notate jazz. These wonderful transcriptions of a suite from Porgy and Bess as well as the Preludes for piano, made for violin by the legendary Jascha Heifetz, have become staples of the violin repertoire.
Also featured on the album will be the two best known of all French composers, Debussy and Ravel. The latter in particular was a life-long lover of jazz, and titled the middle movement of his violin sonata 'Blues'.

Back to America and there will be Scott Joplin, Aaron Copland, and finally Wayne Marshall will be multi-tasking in the Sonata for violin with accompaniment of piano and drum (1 player) by the self-proclaimed 'bad boy of music', George Antheil.

19,95 €
Image Violin Concertos

Matthew Trusler's first concerto recording features two pieces premièred by Jascha Heifetz - the violin concertos of Erich Korngold and Miklós Rózsa, together with three short pieces that Heifetz popularised

Trusler, hailed by The Times as "an authentic, though British, virtuoso", performs as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa. He plays a 1711 Stradivarius and uses one of Heifetz's own bows.

Yasuo Shinozaki has a fast developing international reputation and he has conducted many of the major orchestras in the UK, Europe and Asia.

The Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra has a long and fascinating history and counts Mendelssohn, Schumann as past Music Directors. The Orchestra performs around 250 concerts per year throughout Europe, China and Japan.

19,95 €
Image Schöne Müllerin, Die
Classic FM Editor's Choice
**** BBC Music Magazine November 2009

Renowned British tenor, James Gilchrist, presents his first recording for Orchid Classics, Die Schöne Müllerin ("The Beautiful Maid of the Mill"), Schubert's classic a setting of poems by Wilhelm Müller - generally accepted to be a masterpiece of the song genre.

Gilchrist has performed this cycle many times, to great acclaim, in concert in the UK and abroad - usually in partnership with Anna Tilbrook. He is one of Britain's most popular and sought after singers. This is the first time he has recorded Die Schöne Müllerin and will make a wonderful addition to his already extensive discography

The CD booklet contains full German text with English translation, and an essay by Richard Morrison of The Times giving a fascinating insight into both Schubert and Die Schöne Müllerin.

"He is now unsurpassed amongst lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence" The Independent

19,95 €
Image Joy in the Morning
For their second release on Orchid Classics, Ex Cathedra present a brand new recording of Christmas repertoire based upon their highly successful "Christmas by Candlelight" Concert series.

Christmas has always been a special time for Ex Cathedra and their roots are firmly established in the wonderful repertoire associated with this joyful time of year. This is the first recording which features both the Choir, Consort, and their Academy of Vocal Music. Featuring compositions and/or arrangements by Alec Roth, Benjamin Britten, John Gardner, John Joubert, Harold Darke, Naji hakim, Kenneth Leighton, Tomas Pascual, Felix Mendelssohn, Giovanni Gabrielli, Franz Xavier Gruber, Martin Bates, David Willcocks and Jeffrey Skidmore. The booklet contains full texts.

From its home in Birmingham, Ex Cathedra has established an international reputation as a leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble. Under founder and Artistic Director Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra is known for its vibrant performances and a passion for seeking out not only the best but the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire. Ex Cathedra celebrate their 40th Anniversary in 2009 and this will be highlighted in articles about them and interviews with Jeffrey Skidmore, in the music press.

19,95 €
Image Rhythm & Texture

- The repertoire on this disc is based around 5 composers who have consistently ignored musical barriers in favour of freedom of expression, including one of Gershwin's few chamber pieces.

- The Brodsky Quartet is renowned for pioneering work with diverse artists and interesting quartet repertoire, and is touring Australia July/August with this CD repertoire

- "The Brodsky Quartet's musical explorations know no limits" Gramophone

19,95 €
Image Schwanengesang
James Gilchrist, tenor
Anna Tilbrook, piano

Renowned British tenor James Gilchrist presents his second recording for Orchid Classics, "Schwanengesang" (Swan Song), Schubert's final song cycle, coupled with Beethoven's "An die ferne Geliebte" (To the Distant Beloved), widely considered to be the very first song cycle ever written.

Gilchrist is one of Britain's most popular and sought after singers. This is the first time he has recorded Schwanengesang and it makes a wonderful and much awaited addition to his extensive discography. Gramophone advertising will support this release. Gilchrist has also recorded "Die Winterreise" for release in 2011.

The CD booklet contains full German texts with English translations, a personal note from James Gilchrist, and an essay by Richard Stokes giving fascinating insight into both Schwanengesang and An die ferne Geliebte.

"he is now unsurpassed amongst lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence" The Independent

Full texts and translations included.

Note in English and German.

19,95 €
Image Winter Sketches
Bjarke Mogensen, accordion

Bjarke Mogensen is a rising star in his native Denmark, much in demand as soloist, having made his debut aged 13 in a live TV broadcast with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Concerts for 2011 include a solo recital at Carnegie Hall.

The repertoire on this disc is taken from a rich repertoire of accordion music, much of it based on folk music of Russia, and includes Mogensen's own transcriptions for the instrument of works by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.

19,95 €
Image Cello Sonatas
Thomas Carroll (cello)
Llyr Williams (piano)

One of the UK's rising stars, Thomas Carroll is one of only two artists who have successfully auditioned for both the Young Concert Artist's Trust in London and Young Concert Artists Inc in New York.

Thomas studied in Vienna with Heinrich Schiff, and this CD explores links between three major composers, all of whom lived, worked and died in Vienna

Though he has recorded numerous orchestral discs, this is Thomas Carroll's debut solo CD, and is performed on Heinrich Schiff's Guadagnini cello of 1767

"...an artist to watch." Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph

"...an authority and technical assurance that many a more seasoned artist might envy." The Strad

19,95 €
Image Widmung
Nino Gvetadze, piano

Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze won the Press Prize and Audience Award of the 2008 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition. This recording is the logical result of her recital work focussing on the music of Liszt during this period

Includes two Liszt transcriptions of Schumann and Schubert pieces plus the Sonata which was dedicated to Robert Schumann

"Her technique is sublime, but never takes the leading role. This is a pianist with a fantastic tone culture and deep inner poetry..." (Christo Ielie, Trouw newspaper)

19,95 €
Image Winterreise
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Anna Tilbrook (piano)

Third and final recording in renowned British tenor James Gilchrist's series of Schubert song recitals for Orchid Classics, following on from Die schöne Müllerin (ORC100006) and Schwanengesang (ORC100013)

Both earlier releases have been received with much critical acclaim, with Andrew Mellor in BBC Music referring to "Gilchrist's treasure-trove of a voice"

The release will be supported by advertising and a full press campaign

"he is now unsurpassed amongst lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence" The Independent

19,95 €
Image Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Danny DeVito, Joanna Lumley, Griff Rhys Jones
Taliesin Orchestra / Peter Ash

A wonderful and magical retelling of Roald Dahl's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs recorded in 1998 with new original music by Eleanor Alberga and until now never commercially released. The ideal Christmas present!

Read by the legendary Danny DeVito, along with one of Britain's most adored actresses Joanna Lumley, and the irrepressible Griff Rhys-Jones, this recording was made to benefit Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity which since 1991 has raised more than £5.5 million to help children living with serious blood or brain illnesses

Supported by a marketing campaign in conjunction with the Roald Dahl Foundation

"Snow White is a wonderful piece. The music is a bit like Roald Dahl's words - thrilling, exciting, funny and sometimes a little bit frightening. I am hugely proud to have been involved in this recording, which helps raise money for a marvellously worthwhile cause" Joanna Lumley

19,95 €
Image Rhapsodies / Intermezzi
Jonas Vitaud, piano

Jonas Vitaud is an acclaimed young French pianist, and this is his debut solo CD recording. Includes all of Brahm's final solo piano pieces, plus the Rhapsodies Op.79.

Jonas has been passionate about Brahms since an early age, and this CD is the culmination of a long-established desire to record Brahms' music.

"A deep, resonant tone, the way he plays immediately captures the attention and works miracles" Alain Cochard, Diapason

19,95 €
Image Serious Cabaret
Mary Carewe
Philip Mayers

Mary Carewe is one of the UK's most accomplished and versatile singers and regularly performs this repertoire throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA

Mary includes here some well-known standards alongside less recorded and quirky songs by William Bolcom, Alexander Zemlinsky and Stefan Wolpe, and includes a first recording of Aria by Australian composer Carl Vine

"Mary Carewe is a chansonnière to be watched, with a clean clear voice, commanding, intimate and musically intelligent" The Independent

"...the formidable cabaret singer Mary Carewe" The Guardian

19,95 €
Image Violin Sonatas

Christina Åstrand (violin)
Per Salo (piano)

Wonderful new recordings of three violin sonatas that were all composed in the early part of the last century and that first saw the light of day in the period between the First and Second World Wars.

The recordings are part of a sound and vision project, and included with the CD is a stunning DVD of the works as performed by Christina and Per in the much talked-about new Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra's Concert Hall, designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel.

'a composer could hardly ask for better advocacy than hers...Her playing has an alluring sweetness' Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare Magazine, on Åstrand's recording of Gade's Violin Concerto.

19,95 €
Image War Sonatas (The)
5/5 i DN

"Till skillnad från kollegan Dmitrij Sjostakovitj nådde Sergej Prokofjev som längst och djupast i pianosonaterna, snarare än i stråkkvartetterna och symfonierna. Främst gäller det den så kallade krigstrilogin: sonaterna nr 6, 7, 8. Verken finns i fina inspelningar spridda på skilda håll - främst bör Richters, Gilels och Bermans framhållas. Men vill man ha en strålande modern utgåva av samtliga sonaterna är unge Boris Giltburgs ett givet alternativ. Han spelar med kraft och skärpa i sjätte och sjunde sonaterna, men han har också en lyrisk finess som framför allt kommer till sin rätt i den åttonde sonaten. Allt som allt har han en formkänsla och gestaltningsförmåga utöver det vanliga. Definitivt ett stort löfte."
(Dagens Nyheter)

Boris Giltburg (piano)

Boris Giltburg was selected by the great Zubin Mehta as the winner of the first Pnina Salzman Prize in Israel 2011 and has won many other prestigious prizes, including the top prize and Audience Prize in the Santander International Piano Competition, and second prize and Best Classical Concerto in the Artur Rubinstein Competition.

An exceptionally busy and versatile performer, he recently replaced Denis Matsuev at one day's notice performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 on tour in Germany.

This CD is the culmination of many months of constant performance and study of Prokofiev's War Sonatas, and the highly detailed and insightful booklet notes have also been written by Boris.

'It isn't every day young pianists are compared to the great Richter, but Boris Giltburg has been on more than one occasion. In a sense, you can hear why: his Chopin Ballades at the Wigmore sounded gloriously poetic and free as he pushed and pulled at their tempi. It was old-school, but magical and quite ravishing too.'
Andrew Mellor, Classic FM Magazine, May 2011

19,95 €
Image Symphony No.6 (piano arr by Liszt)
Ashley Wass (fortepiano)

An exciting new recording of Liszt's extraordinary piano transcription of Beethoven's most popular Pastoral Symphony performed here by one of Britain's favourite young pianists

Performed on a historically fascinating fortepiano, one of a collection of historical keyboard instruments housed in the stunning Restoration House in Rochester, inspiration for Miss Havisham's house in Charles Dicken's Great Expectations

Booklet notes have been written by Ashley himself, with a forward by the redoubtable Jools Holland, a huge fan of this symphony since childhood who, in his own words "...had been waiting most of my life to experience [this]"

'Here is a very special, precious talent...I am sure that for music, the future is safe in Wass's hands.' The Independent

'A thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold' Gramophone Magazine

19,95 €
Image Piano Concerto No.1
Marianna Shirinyan, piano
Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra / Michael Francis, Rolf Gupta*

Marianna Shirinyan, an Armenian pianist resident in Denmark, is one of this generation's leading pianists, having won no less than five prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in 2006, and numerous prizes since then.

This brand new CD is the first in a series of Beethoven recordings being made by the ultra-exciting Copenhagen Phil, an orchestra that has recently displayed its commitment to bringing classical music to everyone with its zany and hugely enjoyable "flash mob" appearances in Copenhagen's Central Station and Metro. Both flash mob videos have received more than three and a half million views on You Tube.

The orchestra uses historical brass instruments and timpani, less vibrato in the strings, and bases its interpretation on Beethoven's original metronome markings.

19,95 €
Image Harpsichord Works, Vol. 1
Andrew Appel, harpsichord

Acclaimed American harpsichordist Andrew Appel here performs core repertoire for his instrument, that is by turns both elegant and dramatic.

Andrew Appel has embarked upon a project which will see him eventually record all of Couperin's music for solo harpsichord, nine volumes in total of which this is Volume No.1.

Andrew Appel performs regularly as soloist and with his ensemble Four Nations throughout the United States and Europe, and is a member of the Smithsonian Players and Opera Lafayette. He has received much critical acclaim for his previous solo and ensemble recordings with Bridge Records and Gaudeamus.

19,95 €
Image And Comes The Day - Carols And Antiphons For Adven
The Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge
The Queens' Chapel Players
Silas Wollston, conductor

Here is a beautiful new recording exploring the music and themes of Advent, including some well-known carols and antiphons alongside some newer, less frequently heard pieces. An ideal present!

The Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge is well known in the UK, singing three times a week at services in Queens' College Chapel. They also travel abroad outside the academic term, with recent tours to Hong Kong, USA, France, Germany, Italy and Belgium.

Silas Wollston, their director, has been principal continuo player and assistant conductor to Sir John Eliot Gardiner since 1999 and has a versatile and varied career as researcher, performer and composer.

19,95 €
Image Ballets Russes
Roman Rabinovich - piano

Roman Rabinovich fuses art and music on his debut Ballets Russes-inspired recording. An accomplished artist, Rabinovich regularly displays his iPad-created sketches alongside concert performances, and has created original artwork for this new release

The disc features composer-arrangements for solo piano: Stravinsky's Three movements from Petrushka and Prokofiev's Ten Pieces from Romeo & Juliet Op.75. Rabinovich has also transcribed Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe to complete the disc

Roman Rabinovich won the top prize at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. At the age of 10 he made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, and he has performed at venues including the Leipzig Gerwandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Metropolitan Museum NYC and Paris' Salle Cortot

"Mr Rabinovich's impressive arrangement of Daphnis and Chloe was wonderful, and one especially couldn't help but notice the exotic beauty of the second movement. The last movements were exhilarating, especially the fiendishly difficult concluding Danse generale." Donald Isler - Classicalmusicguide.com

19,95 €
Image Petrushka
Bjarke Mogensen and Rasmus Schjærff Kjøller

This stunning new transcription by Mythos of Stravinsky's Petrushka has to be heard to be believed - marvel at the amazing sounds that emanate from these two accordions!

Mythos are performing these works regularly in concerts and the Duo has recently made its Carnegie Hall debut in the USA

Russian masterworks transcribed and performed by the award-winning Danish bayan duo Mythos, winner of First Prize in the Danish Radio Chamber Music Competition 2011 and First Prize in the Almere International Chamber Music Competition

"Of course, we knew the fully orchestrated, brilliant score of Stravinsky's Petrouchka intimately in advance, but until today I for one had no idea as to the wealth of worlds those notes could express, what span, musically and narratively, this composition could cover. MYTHOS' shimmering, colourful and eternally suggestive Petroushka transcended its arrangement, no less" Michael Bo - Politiken

19,95 €
Image Fairy Tales - Poems & Music for Children
Not one, but FOUR illustrious actors - Kenneth Branagh, Tom Conti, Simon Pegg and Clive Owen - have donated their services for a disc featuring some of our best-loved children's poetry together with wonderful and fun pieces of classical music, in aid of the Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation.

Also performing on the album are some of our favourite musical stars: Matthew Trusler, Martin Roscoe, Maya Koch and Alexander Taylor. The disc promises to be a real highlight of 2013 for all fans of children's literature.

19,95 €
Image Piano Works
Alexei Grynyuk, piano

This is Ukraine-born Alexei Grynyuk's first solo recording of the music of Franz Liszt, a composer that has been in Grynyuk's repertoire since he first started winning piano competitions at the age of 6.

In Liszt's bicentennial year Grynyuk performed the Sonata at a special concert in Kiev - alongside both of Liszt's piano concertos.

Grynyuk is a first prize-winner at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition and the Shanghai International Piano Competition.

19,95 €
Image Sonatas
Four Nations Ensemble

Founded in 1986, The Four Nations Ensemble brings together soloists who are leading exponents of period instrument performance to present music from the elegant and sensuous Rococo period.

19,95 €
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