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Image Verdi: Operas Vol 1
From Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas, three hardcover slipcase boxes, representing Verdi´s early, middle and late operas, are now available: Tutto Verdi - The Operas Vol. 1 includes the operas from 1839 - 1846: Oberto, Un giorno di regno, Nabucco, I Lombardi, Ernani, I due Foscari, Giovanni d´Arco, Alzira, Attila. Most operas are rarely recorded and are only available on Blu-ray from C Major.

Oberto and Un giorno di regno: 4 stars in Diapason, France
"Susanna Brachini has an incredibly exciting voice. ... the virtuosity and vibrancy can be thrilling." International Record Review, UK about Attila

£51.29 (£174.99)
Image Simon Rattle: Music of the 20th Century
Written and presented by Sir Simon Rattle, the foremost British conductor of our day, this series forms a fascinating introduction to, and overview of, the music of the twentieth century. Special Features: Biographies of the Composers, additional Audio Tracks, Picture Galleries and a filmed concert performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen Dancing on a Volcano

£21.17 (£70.58)
Image Virtuoso Cello Music
Though Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and his father, Johann Sebastian, are only separated by 29 years, musically speaking they belong to two quite different worlds. In the father's music the Baroque reaches a final overwhelming climax, whilst in the son it is possible to detect a nascent classicism. This is not so remarkable even if Carl Philipp Emanuel was 42 years older than Mozart he experienced all but the last 3 years of Mozart's life. But although CPE Bach no longer composed in the baroque style, certain of its features survived in his music. One typical characteristic of the music of the earlier periods is that one and the same work may often be played on several different instruments. The three cello concertos he composed exist, therefore, in versions for flute and strings and for keyboard and strings.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Lindberg - A Composer's Portrait, Vol 2
“It is rare to hear a recital devoted entirely to the trombone, and rarer still to hear one of such ingenuity and excellence as that given by Christian Lindberg.” The Times
This second disc is dedicated to the compositions by Christian Lindberg, who participates as performer and conductor and sometimes both at the same time! Alongside Lindberg the disc features Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Asa, a work that sprang from Lindberg’s interest in the religious beliefs of the Vikings. OF BLOOD SO RED for chamber orchestra, is the longest work on the disc, and as Lindberg himself describes it in his liner notes, his most ’serious’ piece he has composed. Other works include a trumpet concerto (with Ole Edvard Antonsen as soloist), two pieces for solo trombone and Gypsy Kingdom for trombone and string quartet, making this a programme as varied in sound and character as are the talents of its creator.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Schubert: Easy Listening Piano
Naxos’ Easy-Listening Piano Classics presents a delightful range of music from Baroque masterpieces to beautiful works of the Classic and Romantic eras, as well as Impressionist classics, specially selected for discerning listeners to enjoy at home or work, while relaxing, entertaining or travelling. Featuring some of the finest pianists from Naxos’ extensive roster, these 3-CD albums are both an excellent introduction to the piano repertoire and delightful listening for the connoisseur

£4.94 (£12.99)
Image Verdi: Operas Vol 2
From Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas, three hardcover slipcase boxes, representing Verdi´s early, middle and late operas, are now available: Tutto Verdi - The Operas Vol. 2 includes the operas from 1847 - 1853: Macbeth, I masnadieri, Il corsaro, La Battaglia di Legnano, Luisa Miller, Stiffelio , Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata.

"This is how Verdi should be played." FAZ
"This new splendid Parma DVD makes a strong case for I Lombardi, with state-of-the-art video and audio." Classical CD Review, USA

£51.29 (£174.99)
Image Youth Production for Solo Piano Vol. 2
This second volume of the Youth Production for Solo Piano marks the 50th instalment in the ongoing BIS Complete Edition of the works of Sibelius. Like the preceding volume (BIS-CD-1067) the programme is mainly made up of world premiere recordings. This second volume follows Sibelius to Berlin and Vienna and forms a portrait of the emerging artist as he encounters the musical world beyond his native country. The music and the accompanying text give fascinating insights into Sibelius’ compositional development.
Folke Gräsbeck is one of the great authorities on Sibelius's chamber music. Volume 1, which also featured his playing, was greeted with a great deal of interest by the reviewers: "Expert playing and recording" BBC Music Magazine

£5.85 (£13.99)
In recent years the music of the great modern tango composer Astor Piazzolla has given rise to renewed interest in the tango beyond the confines of South America. Some of the world's leading 'classical' musicians have performed and recorded his music. (It should not be forgotten that it was the enthusiasm of Nadia Boulanger, who immediately understood the unique importance of his music, that encouraged Piazzolla to devote his composing talent to the tango rather than to an eclectic modernism.) This has undoubtedly helped to renew a serious interest in the tango. Tango Libre's disc is indicative of a new dawning for the tango outside of Latin America. The musicians have come together from different musical idioms typical of tango which developed through a fruitful collaboration between 'popular' instruments such as the accordion-like bandone6n and instruments such as the violin whose players usually have a classical training. In this idiomatic music the performers have discovered a means of expressing the bold colours and wilder emotions that are often carefully hidden in Western art music: Tango Libre'

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Franz Liszt epitomized the nineteenth-century 'pianist-composer' figure, as a virtuoso whose absolute mastery of the keyboard was paralleled by a prodigious and life-long commitment to composition. The legends of Liszt's compelling personality abound, and biographies are filled with florid descriptions of his incredible prowess. Such anecdotes are part of the general conception, but flamboyant pyrotechnics were only part of Liszt's prismatic character. His devotion to composition during his life was monumental: over 1300 works in virtually every genre. But the piano remained Liszt's favourite compositional medium, and he revelled in the instrument's technical and expressive possibilities.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image James Brown Live On Stage
Sound Format LPCM, AC3 Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
A typically lively performance from the Godfather of Soul as he works himself up to rapturous abandon and puts his voice through ecstatic leaps and piercing shrieks. Featuring some of his best-loved songs, this concert is a masterpiece in showmanship from an artist renowned for his meticulous planning and preparation.

£8.81 (£19.99)
Image A Swedish Bouquet
Anders Andersson started his singing career as a very young man in an evangelical church. His first, and highly influential, teacher was Inga-Britt Westergren who not only badgered him when necessary but also saw to it that music was fun. Anders Andersson worked under Eric Ericson for many years as singing coach to Sweden's outstanding male-voice choir, Orphei Drangar. He also sang regularly in two chamber choirs directed by Eric Ericson at the college and at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation as well as making his stage debut as (Edipus in Stravinsky's work of that name under Eric Ericson's baton.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Fougstedt/Choral Music
Nils-Eric Fougstedt (1910-1961) was an unusually versatile and energetic musician. After studies at the Helsinki Conservatory (now the Sibelius Academy) he embarked on a career as a conductor and composer. In 1934 he attended a conducting course in Salzburg at which Herbert von Karajan was one of the teachers; subsequently Fougstedt studied composition with Felice Boghen in Florence. In 1938 he was a composition pupil of Max Trapp in Berlin. Fougstedt's songs for mixed choir seem to show that, in this genre, he retreated to a sort of 'jardin secret', to a lyrical atmosphere full of beauty and radiant sonor ities (he was famous for preferring a clear and light choral tone). He mostly set texts by Swedish-speaking Finnish poets, but he also felt a spiritual affinity with Nils Ferlin who was based in Sweden. In general Fougstedt paid great attention to the choice of texts; his compositions convey the poems' expression with the help of carefully considered declamation.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Complete Piano Music - Vol. 9
Eva Knardahl was a legend in her native Norway and played a major part in its musical life. Her piano-playing technique covered a broad spectrum. Er playing was brilliant but, as one major critic expressed it, 'it is particularly the vitality radiating from her playing that is fascinating, an optimistic life force, an irresistible will to shape and express, and a constant involvement.'

£5.85 (£13.99)
Just how much Almqvist's childhood was affected by contemporary events we cannot know. But he grew up in a period of great turbulence in the shadow of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic campaigns and we know that his highly enquiring mind was very much concerned with the topics of the time. Critics claim that Almqvist is unusual in being torn between the high Romantic and the nascent liberalism with its interest in 'realism'. This is certainly reflected in his literary output. Radical, even shocking ideas are normal among young intellectuals. Almqvist is unique in having put into practice what other young men only dream about.

£6.50 (£13.99)
Image Nils Lindberg: Los Bandidos
“Christian Lindberg is a soloist of phenomenal gifts, a virtuoso worthy of the name.” David Fanning, Gramophone
Christian Lindberg is inimitable and once more this disc shows him to be on top form. In this latest recording he appears as performer, composer and as arranger. His arrangements are outrageous, as virtuosic as they come and sometimes so witty that the listener may fall of his/her chair laughing. He has fearlessly arranged Mussorgsky’s Pictures, a Bach viola de gamba sonata, Schumann and the Stravinsky of the Firebird. This is undoubtedly a disc that will appeal to a wide audience.

£6.50 (£13.99)
Image Verdi: Aida
Staged by Joseph Franconi Lee. C Major approaches the end of their Tutto Verdi project with a prodution of Verdi’s epic Aïda.
The performance from Teatro Regio di Parma is conducted by Antonino Fogliani, who has performed at Teatro alla Scala, Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice and others.
The cast is led by Mariana Pentcheva – a regular performer at Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Teatro Real in Madrid and Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona.

£10.81 (£24.99)
Image Edvard Grieg: The Complete Songs, Vol. 2
Mezzo-soprano Monica Groop studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and graduated with an MA in 1985. Following her success in the 1989 Cardiff 'Singer of the World' competition, she has sung Dorabella, Cherubino, Sesto, Orfeo (Gluck) and Dido (Purcell) throughout Europe. She records regularly for BIS. Ilmo Ranta studied the piano with Liisa Pohjola at the Sibelius Academy. After receiving his diploma he continued his studies with Klaus Schilde in Munich and at master classes with Gyorgy Sebok, Ralf Gothoni, Dmitri Bashkirov and Hartmut Holl. This is his first BIS recording.

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It all started back in the early sixties. The decade was young and frisky and was enthusiastic about anything new. Orphei Driingar's (OD) contribution was to change the formalities of concerts. The first step was taken when Folke Bohlin stepped forward as presenter or conferencier, thereby breaking down something of the wall between platform and audience by actually talking to them during the concert. But OD wanted to produce something entirely new and fresh as a complement to 'normal' concerts. The formalities were to be done away with and laughter was to be admitted, and so the idea of the Caprice was launched in 1962.

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Image Mozart: Piano Fantasy
Mozart composed a great deal of music for the piano including 19 sonatas and four fantasias. A number of his sonatas and other works for the piano were originally intended for piano and violin but the violin's role has been reduced in the course of time. Even the Fantasia in C minor, KV. 396, was originally sketched for piano and violin but is now known only in the version for piano alone. The four piano fantasias were composed in the space of only three years, 1782-85, and the last of them, K.V.475 in C minor belongs to the very best known works of Mozart. It is often coupled with the C minor Sonata, K.V.457. The K.V.396 Fantasia has, a little unfairly, been overshadowed by its relation of the same key. Yet it is one of Mozart's most interesting works from this period. It reveals that Mozart, in the summer and autumn of 1782, was entering his most mature phase and the structure of his music began to anticipate dimensions which lay beyond the Classical constraints.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Nilsson: Nox Angustae
Nox angustiae was composed in February 1968. Two years earlier Torsten Nilsson, with an artist friend, had visited the ruins of the Villa Jovis, the emperor Tiberius' palace on Capri. During their visit there was a solar eclipse and the strangely suggestive atmosphere inspired the composer to depict his impression of the original Good Friday, that is to say the unvarnished reality with the mockery and contempt of the crowd, their tumultuous outbursts contrasted with the women's lamentations at the foot of the cross. For Nor angustie, Torsten Nilsson chose texts from the Biblical passion story. Quotations from the gospels are the foundation of the improvisatory vocal and instrumental sections of the first part: Crucifigatur. To accompany this section of the work there is an etching by Gerry Eckhardt - the artist friend who was present in Capri - and this is projected onto the ceiling of the church, providing an improvisatory motif for the performers.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Chopin: Four Ballades
Fryderyk Chopin was in several respects an odd composer. If one were to select some special feature in his musical style, one might settle on the strange combination of extremely daring harmony with a predilection for forms anchored in tradition. Chopin's harmony is a subject in itself and many attempts have been made to analyse it. It often anticipates in surprising and even daredevil fashion the sort of chromaticism that one does not expect before Wagner's Tristan and it flouts all accepted laws of harmony. The probable explanation for this is that when Chopin composed, he was not merely content to be guided by his technical skill as a composer but also followed his pianist's instinct. This sometimes resulted in passages that are ideal for the instrument and that sound magnificent even though they defy all scholarly convention, thus representing a sort of spiritual victory over musical matter.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image CROOKS, Richard: Neapolitan Love Song
Probably the finest lyric tenor America ever produced — and in the 1930s on radio and in opera and concert certainly the most popular — Richard Crooks was born into a family of modest means, of Scottish and English ancestry, in Trenton, New Jersey on 26 June, 1900. His mother, Elizabeth Gore, herself a gifted amateur singer, gave Richard the boy-soprano his earliest musical education until 1910, when his first serious engagement, as soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in his native town, before a 10,000-strong audience, provided the necessary spur to his talent.

During 1925 Crooks made his first European concert tour. His venues included London, Belgium, Holland and Germany, where his lieder recitals won him particular acclaim. On his return to the States in 1926 the European reputation he had gained appears to have excited considerable further interest. His voice already had passion and thrust and a certain endearing lyrical quality which most — if not quite all — of his records seem to have preserved for posterity.

The Crooks discography of the late 1920s and early 1930s reflects a rebirth of interest in operetta, on both stage and screen.

£4.94 (£11.99)
Image Strauss Jr-Famous Waltzes
To many the Strauss family has been seen as the epitome of the golden age of Vienna, the city that set Europe dancing, with its waltzes and polkas. As the capital of an Empire that embraced the most musical parts of Europe, Bohemia, Slovakia and Hungary, as well as a good part of Northern Italy and the German-speaking peoples closer to hand, Vienna proved the most fertile ground for music that the world has ever known. One reason for this may lie in the inevitable cross-fertilisation of races and cultures, of which the Strauss family provides an example. The younger Johann Strauss, even more prolific and successful than his father, studied music at first by stealth, until his father abandoned the family in favour of his mistress in 1842. Two years later he launched his own dance orchestra and went on to unparalleled success, in which he compelled his younger brothers to share, although all three of them had been originally destined for other professions.

£2.73 (£18.99)
Image Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
C Major presents the first the series of Bruckner’s symphonies conducted by the internationally renowned Christian Thielemann.
DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1
BOOKLET: English, German, French

£8.79 (£27.99)
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