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This week's featured new release is the latest from piano powerhouse Jenny Lin, performing Stravinsky. Also featured are; a program celebrating 60 years of the Munich Bach Choir; Robert Schumann lieder; and, new music performed on solo hardanger fiddle.

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New Releases for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stravinsky, I.: Piano Music (Jenny Lin)
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Stravinsky, I.: Piano Music (Jenny Lin)
Steinway and Sons: Steinway30028

Jenny Lin demonstrates her wide-ranging interpretive ability with her third Steinway label release, containing Stravinsky's most important solo piano works as well as Agosti's rarely recorded arrangement of the Firebird Suite. Her 2011 recording of Mompou piano works ended on many Best of 2011 lists, and more recently, 'Get Happy' featured virtuoso arrangements of Broadway tunes. Her artistry and technical ability, paired with a fearless appetite for challenge led the Washington Post to label her"...surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now."

Other Featured New Releases:

Bach, J.S.: Cantata, BWV 147 / Magnificat, BWV 243 (60 years of the Munich Bach Choir) (Munich Bach Choir, H. Albrecht) Bach, J.S.: Cantata, BWV 147 / Magnificat, BWV 243 (60 years of the Munich Bach Choir) (Munich Bach Choir, H. Albrecht)
Oehms Classics: OC1801

This all-Bach program celebrates the 60th anniversary of The Munich Bach Choir. After Karl Richter was appointed to St. Mark's Church in Munich, he renamed the choir and the Munich Bach Choir was born. Since 2005 the Choir and Orchestra have been directed by Hansjörg Albrecht.
Schumann, R.: Vocal Music (Edelmann, Spencer) Schumann, R.: Vocal Music (Edelmann, Spencer)
Capriccio: C5172

Although Robert Schumann was always very keen on literature, he mainly devoted himself to instrumental music. But 1840 was to be his 'Liederjahr (year of song) when, in a feverish fit of work, he wrote 138 songs. "Ah, Clara," he wrote, "what a bliss it is to write for song; I had missed it for a long time."
Hytta, A.: Draumsyn (Hytta) Hytta, A.: Draumsyn (Hytta)
Carpe Diem: CD-16301

Draumsyn is the solo debut of Anne Hytta, who plays the Norwegian hardanger fiddle. This violin-like instrument has 4 'understrings' that passively resonate when the top strings are played. These new pieces for solo hardanger fiddle are partly inspired by Norwegian folk tunes, and the sound is contemplative, eerie and magical. Recorded in a medieval church in Norway, the pieces evoke open landscapes and long, calm winter nights.

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