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Our featured new release this week is another inspired performance of Monteverdi from Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. Other worthy new releases include two Cello works by Shostakovich, a new recording of Brahms' German Requiem and a tribute to Domenico Barbaja, the 'Bel Canto Bully.'

Enjoy these and all the fine new releases at ClassicsOnline,
The ClassicsOnline Team


New Releases for Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monteverdi, C.: Selva morale e spirituale, Vol. 3 (The Sixteen, Christophers)
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Monteverdi, C.: Selva morale e spirituale, Vol. 3 (The Sixteen, Christophers)
Coro: COR16109

Along with his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spirituale of 1641 is Monteverdi's most significant and virtuosic collection of sacred music. Every singer's versatility is tested in this demanding but exhilarating music, and as ever, The Sixteen more than meets the challenge.


Other Featured New Releases:


Shostakovich, D.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Cello Sonata (Bertrand, Amoyel, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rophe) Shostakovich, D.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Cello Sonata (Bertrand, Amoyel, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rophe)
harmonia mundi: HMC902142

Shostakovich's audaciously insolent Cello Sonata of 1934 is contemporaneous with his opera Lady Macbeth of Mitsensk which plunged him into disgrace with Stalin. It is paired with the bitter and self-questioning Cello Concerto No. 1 of 1959, a work by a traumatized humorist who had learned not to laugh.
   
Brahms, J.: German Requiem (A) (Karg, Bauer, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Choir, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Beck) Brahms, J.: A German Requiem (Karg, Bauer, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Choir, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Beck)
Profil: PH13023

Although the Requiem Mass in Roman Catholic liturgy begins with prayers for the dead, a German Requiem focuses on the living, beginning with the text "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."
   
Bel Canto Bully - The musical legacy of the legendary opera impresario Domenico Barbaja Bel Canto Bully - The musical legacy of the legendary opera impresario Domenico Barbaja
Naxos: 8.578237

Domenico Barbaja was the legendary impresario who dominated European operatic stages for thirty years, ruthlessly bullying great art into existence by pure force of will. By commissioning the greatest composers of the age, and dominating all aspects of each production, he profoundly affected the way opera was written and performed.

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