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Niv Ashkenazi - Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope (2020)

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Niv Ashkenazi - Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope (2020)

Niv Ashkenazi - Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 217 MB | Tracks: 14 | 58:27 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

Violins of Hope is an artistic and educational project composed of instruments that were owned by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust. Violins in the collection were played in the concentration camps and ghettos, providing a source of comfort for some and a means of survival for others. Above all, the instruments represented strength and optimism for the future during mankind's darkest hour. The project was founded by Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, Israeli luthiers who collect and refurbish the instruments and bring them to communities around the world. Violinist Niv Ashkenazi was invited to join other musicians performing on instruments from this collection and now holds one of the instruments on a long-term loan.

Christina Gullans - Alan Hovhaness: Across the Ages (2020)

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Christina Gullans - Alan Hovhaness: Across the Ages (2020)

Christina Gullans - Alan Hovhaness: Across the Ages (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 236 MB | Tracks: 14 | 59:26 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

Across the Ages features cello works written by the prolific American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-200). Inspired by elements of ancient Armenian, Japanese, and Indian music, the collection of works reflects Hovhaness' renowned ability to synthesize different musical traditions. Utilizing the cello's rich and expressive nature, Hovhaness' music reveals the timeless connection we have to past civilizations, to nature, and to one another. Cellist Christina Gullans is an avid performer with an interest in music semiology. A former member of the Boston String Quartet, she has participated in numerous festivals, including Aspen, Spoleto, and Music Without Borders. She plays an American cello made by Charles Albert in 1886.

Emily Martin - Let Evening Come: American Songs Old & New (2020)

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Emily Martin - Let Evening Come: American Songs Old & New (2020)

Emily Martin - Let Evening Come: American Songs Old & New (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 260 MB | Tracks: 23 | 60:35 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

Let Evening Come: American Songs Old and New collects the songs of three American composers, stretching across time and a variety of styles. The early 20th-century pianist Frank La Forge was an accompanist to the greatest singers of his era, but also found time to write beautiful and effective art songs for his collaborators to perform in concert. Robert Spillman is a modern counterpart to La Forge, having worked for years as a pianist and opera conductor before returning to composition in retirement. His songs lie at the heart of this disc, capturing the inspiration of an intriguing group of poets.

Atlanta Chamber Winds - Wind Music (2020)

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Atlanta Chamber Winds - Wind Music (2020)

Atlanta Chamber Winds - Wind Music (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 239 MB | Tracks: 18 | 42:20 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

The Atlanta Chamber Winds is the premiere ensemble of its type in the Southeastern United States. Founded by Robert J. Ambrose in 2006, the group comprises many of the finest professional wind players in Atlanta. The ensemble is committed to promoting and recording lesser-known works for the chamber wind medium, as demonstrated by this recording of 20th and 21st century works by composers Robert Spittal, Leslie Bassett, Tim Jansa, Esther W. Ballou, Daniel Pinkham, and Ezra Laderman. The compositions range from an octet for winds to a double woodwind quintet, to a wind sextet and a wind trio.

Justin Vickers - Caledonian Scenes (2020)

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Justin Vickers - Caledonian Scenes (2020)

Justin Vickers - Caledonian Scenes (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 293 MB | Tracks: 22 | 69:35 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

This recording emerged from a series of personal Scottish connections of tenor Justin Vickers; his Scottish heritage; his collaboration with Scottish pianist Geoffrey Duce; and his scholarly work with Jennifer Oates on the composer Hamish MacCunn. The first recording of MacCunn's Cycle of Six Love-Lyrics, is paired with a selection of his other songs, along with works by Scottish composer Judith Weir, and Britten's cycles set to the poetry of Robert Burns. Justin Vickers has a distinguished career as a recitalist, opera singer, chamber musician, and educator. He is on the faculty of Illinois State University, Normal. His collaborator Gretchen Church is on the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington. Pianist Geoffrey Duce is on the faculty at Illinois State University.

Kateryna Ulezko - Byron O'Keefe: Works for Piano (2019)

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Kateryna Ulezko - Byron O'Keefe: Works for Piano (2019)

Kateryna Ulezko - Byron O'Keefe: Works for Piano (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 335 MB | Tracks: 9 | 69:29 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

American composer Byron O'Keefe's second recording for Albany Records is a disc of his music for piano. The composer says that "These pieces, with one exception, were composed over a ten year period between 2009 and 2019. While they obviously show the influence of Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and other composers of that era, I would hope that a certain quality peers through them so that the listener, whether hearing them with 19th century ears, or through more modern sensibilities, would tend to want to say something along the lines of that sounds American." The pianist is Kateryna Ulezko, a 2007 graduate of the Tchaikovsky National Academy in Kiev.

Don Walker - Fun With Music (2019)

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Don Walker - Fun With Music (2019)

Don Walker - Fun With Music (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 354 MB | Tracks: 24 | 70:51 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

Don Walker's esthetic stems from the example of Charles Ives. Like Ives, Walker prefers to embrace all styles, as long as they produce music that is original, expressive, and involving for the listener. Many of the works on this recording date from the 1980s. During this time, Walker was often influenced by the Post Modern esthetic, which seemed to be taking over from Serialism and Chance Music. The music is lyrical, tonal, and often manifests jazz and world music influences. This is Walker's fourth recording for Albany Records.

Oral Moses - Sankofa: A Spiritual Reflection (2019)

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Oral Moses - Sankofa: A Spiritual Reflection (2019)

Oral Moses - Sankofa: A Spiritual Reflection (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 292 MB | Tracks: 20 | 61:26 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

As African Americans commemorate 400 years of Africans in America, the presence of the Negro Spiritual remains a strong symbol and a significant tool through which Africans made their voices heard throughout these years of struggle. This CD is a compilation of many of these Spirituals, releases previously on Albany Records, which still stand strong even in today's world where in many instances it seems as if time has stood still and the need for these precious gems still toll the bells of freedom. Bass-baritone Oral Moses performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe singing oratorio and recitals with special emphasis on a wide variety of Negro Spirituals and art song repertoire by African-American composers.

Trio Accento - Extant Blues (2019)

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Trio Accento - Extant Blues (2019)

Trio Accento - Extant Blues (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 302 MB | Tracks: 9 | 72:26 min
Style: Classical | Label: Albany Records

Trio Accento (Limor Toren-Immerman (violin); Garik Terzian (cello); Nora Chiang Wrobel (piano) is known for its advocacy of contemporary compositions. This recording features five varied works, one of which was commissioned by the ensemble. All three members of Trio Accento have distinguished performing and teaching careers and as a trio have performed to critical acclaim. Jeff Beal's Almost Morning is a dance work composed for choreographer Claudia Schreier. Russell Steinberg's Paleface was inspired by the acclaimed paintings of "psychological pop" artist Jerry Kearns, while Gernot Wolfgang's Jazz and Cocktails was inspired by the goings-on of an imaginary cocktail party. Juhi Bansal's Wings evokes a day in the mountains and the image of a solitary bird flying through a rain-filled sky. Kenneth Froehlich's Polarized is a study of contrasts, conceived as a response to our ever-increasing polarized society.