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Classical - To be released October 30, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Chamber Music - To be released October 30, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Opera - Released September 25, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Originally intended as an opera for television, Malcolm Arnold’s collaboration with film-maker and librettist Joe Mendoza, The Dancing Master, Op. 34, was considered too racy for viewers in the 1950s and subsequently rejected for broadcast and largely forgotten. Conductor John Andrews, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a stellar cast, breathes new life into this operatic gem, here receiving its first recording. With its cast of larger-than life Restoration caricatures – the trapped heiress, the scheming maid, the over-protective guardian, and the handsome rake – the opera showcases Arnold’s taste for exuberant satire and tender Romanticism in equal measure. © Resonus Classics
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Classical - Released September 25, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released August 28, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released August 28, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released July 31, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Rarely recorded, the songs of Florent Schmitt receive fresh exposure in this significant new survey of these neglected works including a number of world premiere recordings. The qualities that appeal in many of Schmitt's larger works are found in abundance in this selection that spans his entire creative life: his music’s gorgeous sensuality, biting wit, laconic charm, and unleashed savagery. Pianists Fabienne Romer and Edward Rushton along with an outstanding lineup of soloists, explore this rich seam of complex compositional techniques, revealing a composer of extraordinary individuality along with a fascinating affinity with the darker side of human existence.© Resonus Classics
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Chamber Music - Released May 1, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released May 1, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released April 3, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Chamber Music - Released April 3, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released April 3, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Concertos - Released March 3, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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This enjoyable Poulenc release from pianist Mark Bebbington, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Jan Latham-Koenig, and a pair of fine wind players qualifies for the rarities category. True, the Concert Champêtre ("Pastoral Concerto") of 1928 is one of the composer's most familiar works, but what's heard here is not the usual version for harpsichord and orchestra, but one for piano and orchestra. This is certainly not beyond the pale; Poulenc himself not only played this version, he even recorded it in 1948 with the New York Philharmonic. Some listeners may miss the harpsichord, which is the work's most distinctive feature, yet Latham-Koenig and Bebbington manage the key Poulenc trick in the slow movement of delivering lyricism, but not sentimentality. The Piano Concerto of 1950 is probably the least often heard of Poulenc's concertante works. Its eclecticism, ranging from "Swanee River" to the "can-can" to the Brazilian maxixe rhythm, was taken as evidence of slapdash construction, though lately, has been sounding pleasingly eclectic, and Bebbington's ability to let the music speak for itself should help the work along. Even rarer are the Trio for piano, oboe, and bassoon and the Oboe Sonata, both of which show a somewhat more experimental version of Poulenc's basic language; oboist John Roberts is especially affecting in the sonata's unusual final "Déploration" slow movement. Enjoyable for anyone, this album is a must for Poulenc fans. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released January 31, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Chamber Music - Released January 31, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released January 2, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released November 1, 2019 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released November 1, 2019 | Resonus Classics

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Chamber Music - Released September 27, 2019 | Resonus Classics

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Fresh from their latest accolade as winners of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the critically lauded Dudok Quartet Amsterdam embarks on a new project dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn’s six Op. 20 String Quartets. This first installment of two volumes sees the quartet explore the C major, G minor and F minor quartets. With some of the most celebrated works from the quartet repertoire, the Dudok Quartet relish delving into the monumental and dramatic gestures within Haydn’s highly developed rhetorical style. © Resonus
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Classical - Released September 27, 2019 | Resonus Classics

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