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Each week we send this newsletter highlighting our weekly feature updates. This week's new features include: A sale on the many fine recordings by Opera Lafayette, including their new world premiere recording of Lalla Roukh; a 40th Anniversary celebration recording of St. John Passion by the Academy of Ancient Music; and, Gerald Finley's debut recording for the Ondine label of Shostakovich songs.

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This Week's New Features - Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lalla Roukh - Felicien David | Opera Lafayette Sale Félicien David was an important, if forgotten, figure in French music of the late nineteenth century, and was one of the pioneers of 'musical Orientalism.' The opera is noteworthy for its memorable melodies and evocative orchestration.

This world premiere recording is a brilliantly performed addition to Opera Lafayette's growing discography on Naxos. For a limited time, take 15% off any recording in this feature.
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Academy of Ancient Music - St. John Passion The Academy of Ancient Music celebrates its 40th anniversary year with the featured release below, a new recording of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion. Featuring a cast of superb soloists, this is a rare example of the work's first version, dating from 1724. This is the second recording on the recently launched AAM label. Enjoy this and the other featured releases by the Academy of Ancient Music inside. more info
Gerald Finley - Shostakovich This captivating release is Gerald Finley's debut recording for Ondine, and features performances of Shostakovich pieces including two world-premiere recordings. Thomas Sanderling, conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, was a friend of the composer and was personally involved in the discovery of the versions included in this recording. more info
Last Chance: Belcea Quartet - Beethoven
Belcea Quartet - Beethoven Beethoven's string quartet cycle is an interpretive challenge for serious ensembles, but one that provides rich rewards. The Belcea Quartet have risen to this challenge with striking, dramatic results. Critical praise has been widespread for initial volumes, some having gone as far as to hail this the new reference series. Now the complete series is available in an attractively-priced box set. more info

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