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The Lumineers co-founder, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites' solo debut album Piano Piano will release on January 22nd through Dualtone Records. A collection of songs that's been in the works for the better part of a decade, Piano Piano features gorgeous, intimate piano-centric instrumental songs capturing Fraites' reflective moments from his Denver home.
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EVANGELION FINALLY, a collection of vocal songs performed by Yoko Takahashi and Megumi Hayashibara as heard in the hit anime series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION and EVANGELION 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE. The 15-track collection includes Yoko Takahashi’s well-known opening song to the series “The Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” as well as new covers of original songs including “FLY ME TO THE MOON (2020 Version),” a new recording of the classic jazz standard featured in the show’s end credit, and a new vocal arrangement from Takahashi of “Kokoro yo Genshi ni Modore 2020.”  Also included in the collection is “THANATOS -IF I CAN’T BE YOURS-,“ a new original track and the theme song to the Shin Evangelion feature film performed by LOREN & MASH.  Meanwhile “Come sweet death, second impact” is a jazz arrangement of the legendary masterpiece featuring the voice of Megumi Hayashibara.

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Two CDs. DG presents John Williams in Vienna, the live recordings of the Hollywood legend's Vienna Philharmonic 2020 debut. Saying it's "one of the greatest honors of my life," he received a standing ovation before a single note was played. Sharing the stage with the famous orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, he performs iconic themes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and other cinematic landmarks that have earned countless awards: 5 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 25 Grammys and more.
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Andrea Bocelli

Believe [Deluxe]

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Internationally renowned, beloved Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli releases breathtaking new album, Believe, celebrating the power of music to soothe the soul. It follows his record-breaking ‘Music for Hope’ performance at Easter from Milan’s historic Duomo cathedral. Features classic favorites, a previously unreleased track from late Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, plus Gratia Plena (from acclaimed film Fatima), duets with Alison Krauss and Cecilia Bartoli, and interpretations of Ave Maria and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

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'Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone is a 2004 album featuring recordings from Morricone's various film scores by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Ennio Morricone. The album was recorded with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra and Gilda ButtA on piano. Morricone functioned as orchestrator, conductor and producer. The album stayed 105 weeks on the Billboard Top Classical Albums. Overall this is a stunning collection of classic film scores featuring music from 'Once Upon A Time In America', 'The Legend of 1900', 'The Untouchables, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' and many more. This is a limited edition contains of 2000 individually numbered copies on solid red vinyl. The package includes a download coupon.
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Vince Guaraldi

Peanuts Portraits [LP]

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Featuring the vivid musical cues that Guaraldi wrote for the cast of the Peanuts characters, this ‘Peanuts Portraits’ LP adds new dimensions to beloved regulars like Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder and Sally. In addition to nine songs performed by Guaraldi, the album also includes two classic Peanuts tunes recorded by pianist George Winston. Eight of the selections (including Winston renditions of “Linus And Lucy” and “Masked Marvel”), make their vinyl debut on Peanuts Portraits.

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JOHN RUTTER

Christmas Night

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The theme of this album is the birth of Christ, reflected in the words and music of twenty-two carols spanning more than six centuries. Some of these carols have long been widely known and loved; others have become so thanks to the annual Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge; a few are newly written. But all of them focus on the central event of the Christmas story - the birth at Bethlehem - and on the characters in that story: the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, and the mother with her child. John Rutter writes: "This has always been my favorite among the Christmas albums I have devised and conducted, but digital sound restoration techniques have made huge advances in the years since it was recorded and it was time to give it a spring-clean. In remastering it, it has been possible to bring the sound of the choir and the orchestra to life, and I have been able to enjoy it anew. The Cambridge Singers in 1985 were at the top of their game, and the choir list includes at least two singers who are now internationally renowned as soloists. We hope you will enjoy this classic recording in it's newly restored form."
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Sigur Ros

Odins Raven Magic

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Composed in the 14th or 15th century Odin's Raven Magic is an Icelandic poem in the ancient Edda tradition (Edda - a term that describes two Icelandic manuscripts of which together are the main sources of Norse mythology and Skáldic poetry) it's anonymous author clearly had an intimate knowledge of the Edda literature and mythology which alludes to a number of pagan motifs which are now lost. The poem recounts a great banquet held by the gods in Valhalla while they were absorbed in their feasting, ominous signs appeared that could foretell the end of the worlds of the gods and men. The album 'Odin's Raven Magic' is an orchestral collaboration between Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir which premiered 18 years ago at the Barbican Centre in London and is now finally almost two decades later being released. The performance honours the poem, dramatic and beautiful, classical with a modern strike. A stone marimba was built especially for the performance by Páll Gudmundsson. Odin's Raven Magic - the poem - had been relegated from mainstream ancient literature ever since 1867, when Norwegian scholar Sophus Bugge claimed it was a 17th century fabrication. This theory has since been toppled with literary and linguistic arguments and new research has concluded that Odin's Raven Magic was indeed authentic and has finally being reintroduced to the Edda.
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Sarah Jarosz

World On The Ground

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Sarah Jarosz’s fifth studio album World On The Ground is arguably her finest work to date. Jarosz worked closely with producer John Leventhal on World On The Ground, which offers up some of Jarosz’s best songwriting to date, and showcases that she is one of the most stirring musicians of her generation. This 10-song album is thoroughly beautiful and a testament to Jarosz’s innate ability to capture the hearts of fans around the globe. World On The Ground out June 5th.
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Lang Lang

New York Rhapsody

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As it has wowed musicians for over a century, the magic of New York City fired the imagination of superstar pianist Lang Lang who is joined by a one-of-a-kind cast of collaborating artists for the creation of his new album, New York Rhapsody. From the haunting reveries of Gershwin and Copland to the in-the-moment intensity of songs made famous by Alicia Keys, Lou Reed and Don Henley, New York Rhapsody rediscovers the dazzle and the soul of America s most symbolic city as great artists have imagined them.
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Rufus Wainwright celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare s death in typically dramatic fashion by releasing a unique collection of nine sonnets in stunning performances by both actors and vocalists.
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Hauser

Classic

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2020 release from Stjepan Hauser, best known as one-half of 2Cellos.
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Yo-Yo Ma

Sing Me Home

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The new album from Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble will surprise and delight with imaginative sounds that transform the traditional musical landscape. Sing Me Home is the sixth album by the Grammy®-nominated Silk Road Ensemble and its founding member and guiding light, Yo-Yo Ma. The album features special guest performers Rhiannon Giddens, Sarah Jarosz, Abagail Washburn, Gregory Porter, Lisa Fischer, Grammy Award®-winning jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell and more.
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This much anticipated symphonic reworking of Pink Floyds iconic 1975 #1 album WISH YOU WERE HERE marks the 40th anniversary of the original album release. For the first time ever, WISH YOU WERE HERE is issued in spectacular symphonic sound, newly recorded at Abbey Road Studios where Pink Floyd recorded the original Wish You Were Here.
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Milos Karadaglic

Blackbird: The Beatles Album

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After delighting audiences with the core-classical heritage of the guitar in his three previous albums, award-winning guitarist Milos Karadaglic now makes a thrilling new departure. He performs innovative new arrangements of songs by the Beatles, collaborating with celebrated artists from the pop, jazz, classical and world music fields, including Tori Amos, Anoushka Shankar, Gregory Porter, Sergio Assad and Steven Isserlis. Songs include Blackbird, Come Together, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Eleanor Rigby, Fool on the Hill and many others.
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Tolga Kashif

The Queen Symphony [CD/DVD]

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Kashif: The Queen Symphony CD: Recorded at Abbey Road Studio 1, London The Queen Symphony DVD: Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 25th anniversary of his death. This is an authorized, official Queen product, made with the full blessing of the band members.
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Longtime friends, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott, create a unique classical music experience with their new recording, Songs from the Arc of Life. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries. Songs from the Arc of Life begins and ends with two, much-beloved settings of the traditional "Ave Maria," opening with the soaring, radiant Bach/Gounod arrangement and closing with Schubert's more serene, contemplative version. In between is a remarkable spectrum of music that includes such enduring favorites as Brahms' "Lullaby," Dvorák's "Songs My Mother Taught Me," Elgar's "Salut d'amour," Gade's "Jalousie" and Saint-Saëns' "The Swan," as well as richly evocative works by Debussy, Delius, Fauré, Gershwin, Grieg, Kriesler, Messaien, Schumann, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Ma and Stott also include a haunting piece by the contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima, a friend and colleague of both artists.
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2015 release. An exciting revisit of Elvis' work, If I Can Dream focuses on the iconic artist's unmistakable voice, emphasizing the pure power of The King of Rock and Roll. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the 14-track album features Elvis' most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "This would be a dream come true for Elvis," Priscilla Presley says of the project. "He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music... The force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done." Don Reedman also commented, "Abbey Road Studios and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are as good as it gets and Elvis deserves as good as it gets." The album features a scintillating duet with best-selling jazz-pop singer Michael Bublé on "Fever." The album also includes additional contributions by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy adding his signature sound to "An American Trilogy" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo lending their outstanding vocals to "It's Now or Never." As arranger Nick Patrick said, "This is the record he would have loved to make." If I Can Dream also highlights Elvis Presley's diverse musical tastes and appreciation for great vocalists spanning a variety of genres from standards to opera.
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Andrea Bocelli

Cinema

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International superstar Andrea Bocelli returns with his new eagerly awaited album Cinema. Cinema celebrates the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites a team of musical legends including David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis who worked together on the trailblazing success of Bocellis Amore. Cinema marks Bocellis first new studio recording in two years and will be released globally on October 23 on Verve.
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American rock legend Alice Cooper lends his voice for the narration of this classic story! A brand new DG recording of Prokofiev's childrens classic, Peter and the Wolf now coupled for the first time with a specially-written prequel.
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A 4 CD extravaganza of John Williams soundtrack and film score music joins the 12th batch of box sets released as a part of the Sony Classical Masters Series and provides a colossal reminder of Williams prodigious breadth and ubiquity of his works in some of the most culture defining films of the recent Hollywood era. With a disc devoted to his Star War scores, and another to his orchestral works and Olympics inspired works; the collection also features popular orchestras and soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and more.
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Laraaji

Sun Piano [LP]

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Spiritual keyboard improvisations performed by Laraaji and recorded in a Brooklyn Church by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Mary Lattimore). Sun Piano finds Laraaji fulfilling a lifelong ambition to return to his first instrument, learnt whilst growing up in 1950s New Jersey. A departure from his FX-soaked cosmic zither jams, these elegant miniatures nevertheless reveal enough personality and inner light to be clearly identifiable as 'Laraaji Music'. This release is the latest step in something of a late career renaissance for the New York City based musician and mystic. He first came to public attention in the late 70s via his entry in the legendary Brian Eno-produced Ambient series of albums, Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance.

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Haunting, poignant and relentlessly physical, Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, and a fitting recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Weaving together personal interviews that she conducted with miners and their families, along with oral histories, speeches, rhymes and local mining lore, Wolfe sought to honor the working lives of Pennsylvania's anthracite region. "It's not necessarily mainstream history," she told NPR shortly after she received word of winning the Pulitzer. "The politics are very fascinating the issues about safety, and the consideration for the people who are working and what's involved in it. But I didn't want to say, 'Listen to this. This is a big political issue.' It really was, 'Here's what happened. Here's this life, and who are we in relationship to that? We're them. They're us.' And basically, these people, working underground, under very dangerous conditions, fueled the nation. That's very important to understand."
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Tigran Hamasyan

Luys I Luso

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Pianist Tigran Hamasyan s ECM debut is an extraordinary exploration of Armenian sacred music. Hamasyan has selected hymns and sharakans (Armenia s liturgical songs) as well as chants by Grigor Narekatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Mesrop Mashtots, Mkhitar Ayrivanetsi, Grigor Pahlavuni, Komitas, and Makar Yekmalyan and arranged this selection for voices and piano. This is music of the 5th to 19th centuries, finding new and dramatic expression through Hamasyan s improvisational imagination and the committed performances of Armenia s leading choir. Luys i Luso (Light from the Light) was recorded in Yerevan in October 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher.
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Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait Records signs the holiday supergroup Band of Merrymakers. Band of Merrymakers, a rotating group of travelling troubadours, will release their debut album Welcome to Our Christmas Party. A donation will be made to MusiCares for every album and track sold. Over twenty-five years ago, Nigel Kennedy made his breakthrough with his recording of Vivaldi s The Four Seasons. The 1989 recording earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling classical work of all time and has sold in excess of two million copies. Now, he returns with a new and fresh interpretation, Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons. Mixed by Damon Reece (Massive Attack, Goldfrapp), who also did the electronic drum programming, Kennedy deconstructs this classic piece in a daring, modern way. The album also features singers Zee Gachette and Xantone Blacq, a former member of Amy Winehouse s band and was recorded with Kennedy s Orchestra of Life consisting of young musicians who are equally at home performing classical, jazz and improvisational repertoire. Says Kennedy, I hope that this new approach brings you a different and deeper enjoyment of this amazing music. Nigel Kennedy has not only been acknowledged as one of the world s leading violin virtuosos but he is the best-selling classical violinist of all time. His technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. Kennedy has performed with leading orchestras throughout the world.
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In the tradition of Appalachian Journey and Obrigado Brazil, Yo-Yo Ma once again embraces styles and traditions that go beyond classical music by bringing together four American string virtuosos and creating a new kind of chamber ensemble. The Goat Rodeo Sessions is a landmark album project which uniquely showcases cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddlers Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile, with special guest vocalist, Aoife O'Donovan on two tracks. While each musician is a renowned superstar in his own music sphere, they have come together as a unified ensemble in this most remarkable and organic cross-genre project stemming from their friendship.
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The Piano Guys, the unstoppable classical/pop crossover music stylists, release their first live album, The Piano Guys LIVE! Deluxe Edition. Their first four albums, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, A Family Christmas and Wonders have sold over 900,000 physical and digital albums in the U.S. Their albums have been #1 on multiple Billboard Charts for over 273 weeks. They have become YouTube superstars from their self-made innovative videos in stunning locations that have amassed over four million subscribers and more than 700 million views, and are a touring phenomenon selling out shows around the world.
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Black Violin

Stereotypes

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Wilner Wil B Baptiste (viola) and Kevin Kev Marcus Sylvester (violin) are Black Violin. A duo who radically fuse hip-hop and pop with classical music to create a kaleidoscope of sounds uniquely their own. Classically trained musicians, they have opened for such diverse top names in music as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and also creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Linkin Park, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys, the latter for the Billboard Music Awards.
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In January 2015 musicians and listeners converged upon Stuttgarts Theaterhaus for two consecutive nights to celebrate the 75th birthday of Eberhard Weber. The concerts centered around a specially commissioned 35-minute suite by Pat Metheny, with whom Weber had played and recorded back in the 1970s. Featuring Metheny, the SWR Big Band conducted by Helge Sunde, Gary Burton, bassist Scott Colley and Danny Gottlieb on drums, the composition was arranged around recordings of solos by Weber. Other performers during the two nights playing selections from Webers vast body of work were Webers longtime companions Jan Garbarek, Paul McCandless, Manfred Schoof and arranger Michael Gibbs, all drawing ovations from the packed house. A truly special event, this. - Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal.
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Max Richter

From Sleep

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Acclaimed Brit1sh composer Max Richter has written a new landmark recording: SLEEP is 8 hours long the equivalent of a nights rest and is actually and genuinely intended to send the listener to sleep. Its an eight-hour lullaby, says its composer, Max Richter. This is the 1-hour edition, entitled, From Sleep.
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Three years after his last recording, Grigory Sokolov returns with a double album of live recordings from his triumphant European 2019-20 tour. Focusing on the early (Piano Sonata No. 3) and late Beethoven sonatas (Piano Sonatas Nos. 27 & 32) as well as Brahms's autumnal piano pieces opp. 118 & 119, this is a showcase of the Russian pianist's "stunning technique" (The Telegraph).

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Enrico Rava Quartet

Wild Dance

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A cross-generational project by the grand master of Italian Jazz. Energized by joyous experiences on the road the ever youthful Enrico Rava took his new working quartet of the last two years into Arte Suono Studio in Udine. Here they were joined by trombonist Gianluca Petrella, an internationally noted player through his contributions to Ravas three acclaimed post-millennium quintet albums Tribe (2011), The Words & The Days (2005) and Easy Living (2003). With Manfred Eicher producing, the five Italians recorded a program of Rava originals which cover a broad range of moods from brooding ballad playing to fiery uptempo post-bop. Once again Ravas playing makes it clear that lightness and intensity, elegant cool and emotional warmth are no opposites. Rava and Petrella form a peerless two-horn frontline, whether playing in unison, engaging in dialogue or taking their turns in extensive soloing. The rhythm section of Gabriele Evangelista, Enrico Morello, (in my opinion the number one drummer in Italy today, says Rava) and guitarist Francesco Diodati give them both space and assured support.
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Pete Townshend

Classic Quadrophenia

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As a leading icon of the British music revolution of the 1960s, Pete Townshend made his name by creating the power chord, smashing guitars onstage, and penning anthems of teenage rebellion like My Generation. Now, at almost 70 years old and half a century after he penned the archetypal rock lyric Hope I die before I get old , Townshend has created a classical version of one of The Who s landmark albums Quadrophenia for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir.
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Drawn from the worldwide holdings of Sony Classical Music and re-mastered in 24bit High Resolution Audio, these smart, desirable and collectible EU (Germany) pressed import multi-disc editions, replete with legendary artists, offer many of the finest, most sought-after recordings in the classical discography. The slender, shelf-friendly box frontages feature large, prominently displayed photos of the edition's featured artist, work listings at the back, with the CDs themselves housed in protective sleeves that divulge the recording specifics for each performance.
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