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Release Date: 3/5/2021
Label: BIS
Number of Discs: 1

Dalene’s playing possesses palpable maturity, intelligence, and composure. He is also blessed with a superbly understanding piano partner who proves especially magical in the Grieg Sonata.

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Release Date: 2/12/2021
Number of Discs: 11

Anyone loving lieder will appreciate these romantic and melodically fine songs. The consistently good interpretations are supported by the right voice type for the songs and a nice variety of male and female voices.

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Release Date: 2/5/2021
Label: BIS
Number of Discs: 1
Conductor: John Neschling


If anyone doubts Respighi’s flair and skill as an orchestrator, this release should still those doubts. It’s an entertaining disc in the best sense of the word and it’s a worthy addition to John Neschling’s Respighi series.

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Release Date: 2/5/2021
Label: BIS
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Orchestra/Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Quartet

The Chiaroscuros return, armed with a perfect sound balance and rich, vibrant textures from each player.

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Release Date: 2/5/2021
Label: BIS
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra

From the outset, Vänskä’s handling of the opening Adagio is sublime, its long themes opening up in endless waves thanks to the clean-toned Minnesota strings and the conductor’s perfectly judged balance between purposeful progress and emotional repose. This Tenth is a major achievement.

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Release Date: 2/5/2021
Label: Orfeo
Number of Discs: 10

Containing radio performance recordings of six works by Dvorak, Massenet, Leoncavallo, Bizet, Gazzaniga, and Fibich mentioned often in histories of music but almost never on the bill, this is a box certainly precious for those who love opera.

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Release Date: 1/8/2021
Label: Arcana
Number of Discs: 2
Performer: Gunar Letzbor

Letzbor's personal and dramatic interpretation of Biber’s most popular work sees him using two different violins, accompanied by a big continuo group of no fewer than six musicians playing a kaleidoscopic combinations of instruments

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Release Date: 1/8/2021
Label: Arcana
Number of Discs: 2

The reissue of this set is most welcome; nobody interested in Tartini should miss it. Gatti was a pioneer of historical performance practice in Italy, so this release is also a tribute to his art and his activities in the revival of baroque music.

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Release Date: 1/8/2021
Label: BIS
Number of Discs: 1
Performer: Ilya Gringolts
Orchestra/Ensemble: Finnish Baroque Orchestra

There is plenty of energy and joy radiating out from what is a deliciously luminously stringy sound from the orchestra. Gringolts is equally full of stylish, multicolored élan on his gut-stringed violin.

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Release Date: 1/8/2021
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Orchestra/Ensemble: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra

Lindberg’s is now the third Twelfth to appear, the best-recorded of them and, I think, the best-sung, magnificently supported by the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. A fabulous account of a remarkable work.

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