Best of Brilliant Classics

Perhaps best known for their comprehensive, composer-focused bixed sets, the Brilliant Classics label also releases new and licensed recordings of all sizes and genres, often at bargain prices.

On sale now at ArkivMusic are some of our favorite highlights, featured below, from the Brilliant Classics catalog, releasec in 2020 and so far in 2021.

(Sale ends at midnight ET, 7/6/2021.)

Release Date: 1/1/2021
Number of Discs: 1

Antheil softened in later years; his delightful, romantic Serenade is thoroughly worth exploring: a little charmer. The Ciconia Consort, resident at the Hague, are a fine ensemble, and this collection will not disappoint.

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Release Date: 1/1/2021
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These arrangements work very well indeed, preserving the charm and liveliness of these frothy works and adding an extra dimension to them. All told, this disc is tremendous fun and a creditable variation on these well-known works.

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Release Date: 5/1/2020
Number of Discs: 6
Performer: Daniele Boccaccio

Daniele Boccaccio's careful attention to the details of old fingering techniques resulted in a variety in phrasing and articulation that gives new life to figurations that with a more modern legato approach can seem plain.

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Release Date: 9/18/2020
Number of Discs: 20

This fascinating set provides a refreshing window onto a much studied, much idolized, and oft performed master of composition, allowing many of his familiar works to appear in a new light, recognizable and yet transformed.

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Release Date: 1/22/2021
Number of Discs: 3

Diepenbrock is certainly an interesting composer whose music deserves to be heard. All of the performances are excellent, all of the singers are first-rate, and thus they present to you the best possible picture of his talent.

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Release Date: 1/1/2021
Number of Discs: 2
Performer: Antonio Ballista

The concept at first may appear strange, but the execution is creative. With such great variety, Ballista proves himself a worthy interpreter. Score a smile and a thumbs up to the label for daring to be different on this one.

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Release Date: 3/26/2021
Number of Discs: 1
Conductor: Giulio Plotino
Orchestra/Ensemble: L' Accademia Della Rosa

Violinist Giulio Plotino plays three of Tartini's best-known concertos to complement what is still the composer's best-known work, the ‘Devil’s Trill’ Sonata whose title and fearsomely intricate figuration was apparently inspired by a dream.

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Release Date: 3/26/2021
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Fusing Baroque and Classical-era forms, these six bold and venturesome works, full of elegant writing, graceful melodies, and graceful ornamentation should delight all lovers of Baroque rarities.

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Release Date: 8/28/2020
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Various

Giovanni Riboli is the skilled executant on this Cook’s tour of 16th- and early 17th-century Western European organ repertoire. The instrument is rather closely recorded, but nonetheless sounds well.

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Release Date: 5/1/2020
Number of Discs: 1
Performer: Nicolo Spera
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Martin's Chamber Choir

Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s soulful settings of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca are the most affecting songs here. Nicola Spera is a fabulous guitarist, so with his flamenco-inspired playing, the orange trees and olive groves of Andalucia sound fragrant indeed.

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Release Date: 1/22/2021
Number of Discs: 1
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento

The aesthetics of grief and mourning have had a great influence on the instrumental music of Marais, Philidor, and Hotteterre. The ensemble has put together a program in which the recorders of Erik Bosgraaf in particular achieve a special expressiveness.

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Release Date: 3/6/2020
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Three of these trios are placed solidly in the early to mid-20th Century, with the Juon definitely having its roots in the late 19th Century, though modern in its elegant way. Anyone who appreciates winds should have at least one recording of these selections.

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Release Date: 1/22/2021
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The Portuguese piano duo play all of the works here with nationalist fervor. This is an opportunity for them to use all their abilities to bring Portuguese music into the spotlight. It is quite effective. In all, this is a most enjoyable recording.

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Release Date: 3/6/2020
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Orchestra/Ensemble: I Solisti Aquilani

Vladimir Ashkenazy has often performed music of our own time, especially by young composers. This project brings together Mauro Cardi (b.1955), Francesco Antonioni (b.1971) and Cristiano Serino (b.1971) with concertante works for viola and ensemble.

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Release Date: 3/26/2021
Number of Discs: 4

Franco Cavallone is a worthy successor to Italian guitar composers from Giuliani to Castelnuovo-Tedesco. An accomplished performer himself, the pieces recorded here were composed with an intimate knowledge of the guitar’s technical and timbral possibilities.

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