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Our featured new release this week comes from tireless virtuoso James Ehnes, offering the complete works of Prokofiev for solo violin. Plus, three modern composers take varying approaches to the harpsichord and Corelli's evergreen Chamber Sonatas performed by The Avison Ensemble. Also, enjoy the effortless swing of the SWR Big Band as they revisit the classics. Enjoy these and hundreds more new releases this week at ClassicsOnline.

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New Releases for Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Prokofiev, S.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 115 / 5 Melodies / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Ehnes)
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Prokofiev, S.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 115 / 5 Melodies / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Ehnes)
Chandos: CHAN10787-88

This two-CD set offers all the works that Prokofiev wrote for the violin as a solo instrument. One of the most sought after and acclaimed virtuoso violinists today, James Ehnes is accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, and by the pianist Andrew Armstrong, with whom he has previously made a number of highly acclaimed Chandos recordings. The distinguished Amy Schwartz Moretti joins him in the Sonata for Two Violins.


Other Featured New Releases:


Rutter, J.: Suite Antique / Glass, P. / Francaix, J.: Harpsichord Concertos (Lewis, West Side Chamber Orchestra, Mallon) Rutter, J.: Suite Antique / Glass, P. / Francaix, J.: Harpsichord Concertos (Lewis, West Side Chamber Orchestra, Mallon)
Naxos: 8.573146

Three modern composers build on the magnificent harpsichord concerto legacy of J. S. Bach. John Rutter's beautiful Suite Antique is full of rich and haunting themes, with a significant solo flute part and a jazzy Waltz which is as much Brubeck as Bach. Philip Glass delivers an exciting experience of virtuoso instrumental blending and solo expressiveness, and with typical wit and elegance. Jean Françaix's Concerto is terrific fun throughout.
   
Corelli, A.: Sonata da camera a 3, Opp. 2 and 4 (Avison Ensemble) Corelli, A.: Sonata da camera a 3, Opp. 2 and 4 (Avison Ensemble)
Linn Records: CKD413

Popular since their publication, Corelli's two sets of chamber sonatas are a pinnacle of Baroque Italian instrumental music. Opus 2 & 4: Chamber Sonatas marks the third recording in a series that sees The Avison Ensemble record Corelli's complete chamber music celebrating the 300th anniversary of the composer's death in 2013.
   
South West German Radio Big Band: Kings of Swing, Op. 1 South West German Radio Big Band: Kings of Swing, Op. 1
Haenssler Classic: CD93.310

This new collaboration with the SWR Big Band hänssler CLASSIC / SWRmusic proves once again the highest professional level of this Stuttgart ensemble. Featuring skillful arrangements of popular evergreens from the "Kings of Swing," this release includes "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" and "What A Wonderful World."


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