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Our featured new release this week is the third volume of Beethoven piano sonatas from pianist Jonathan Biss. Also featured this week are: Nielsen wind chamber works performed by Danish ensemble MidtVest; new music for electric violin and string quartet performed by Tracy Silverman and the Calder Quartet; and, an epic audiobook of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Enjoy these and all the new releases each week at ClassicsOnline.

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New Releases for Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Beethoven, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Biss) - Nos. 15, 'Pastoral', 16 and 21, 'Waldstein'
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Beethoven, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Biss) - Nos. 15, "Pastoral", 16 and 21, "Waldstein"
Onyx: ONYX4115

Hailed as "one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation" (BBC Music Magazine), Jonathan Biss presents the third volume of a planned complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas series. This volume includes No. 21 in C major, "Waldstein," one of the greatest and most technically challenging of his sonatas. ".. the intensity of my current immersion with (Beethoven's) music has become one of the most profound experiences of my life." - Jonathan Biss


Other Featured New Releases:


Nielsen, C.: Chamber Works for Winds (Complete) (Ensemble MidtVest) Nielsen, C.: Chamber Works for Winds (Complete) (Ensemble MidtVest)
CPO: 777872-2

Danish ensemble MidtVest turns to Carl Nielsen's complete wind chamber works on this debut recording for the CPO label. These memorably catchy compositions get an entertaining, lively presentation, and provide an overview of a substantial part of Nielsen's overall musical development. This recording marks the first time that these pieces have been brought together in such completeness in recorded form.
   
Silverman, T.: Between the Kiss and the Chaos / Axis and Orbits (Silverman, Calder Quartet) Silverman, T.: Between the Kiss and the Chaos / Axis and Orbits (Silverman, Calder Quartet)
Delos: DE3439

The centerpiece of this latest release from electric violinist Tracy Silverman is Between the Kiss and the Chaos, a five movement work based on iconic works of visual art by Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Matisse, O'Keeffe and Picasso. The works are scored for electric violin and string quartet, and the Calder quartet perform here with Silverman. "Inspiring. Silverman is in a class all his own." - Mark Swed, LA Times
   
Gibbon, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (The) (Unabridged) Gibbon, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (The) (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks: NA0125

This is the first of three volumes that encompass Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 250 years after the initial publication, Gibbon's style, part historical fact and part literature, remains compelling. His impartiality and impeccable honesty make him an endearing narrator of more than 1000 years of history. Contains over 22 hours of listening.


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