The Best Of The Classics, Featured Titles


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1 George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Fantasia, arr. by Igor Frolov (14:34)

2 Antonin Dvorak: Romance (11:19)

3 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Legend (7:10)

4 Robert Vinson: Concerto in F "Tribute to Gershwin" (15:28)

Vinson completed the “Concerto in F, for Violin and Orchestra” in June of 2007. The composition came about after a conversation he had with Natasha. They were discussing an earlier CD of hers consisting of Gershwin selections which she recorded with piano. She said “It’s too bad that Gershwin never composed a violin concerto”. Vinson thought about it and replied “I’ll compose it for you”. And he did. The “Concerto in F” is a true composition, not an arrangement of Gershwin melodies.

Daniel Schnyder: Concerto "Mozart In China"

5 Movement I Ardito (7:59)

6 Movement II Librement (segue) (4:15)

7 Movement III Giocoso (2:40)

The Concerto was written for the Mozart year and originally conceived as a PIPA Concerto. This is the premier recording of the version for violin and string orchestra which is quite different from the Pipa version.

The First Movement deals with the idea of Mozart traveling to China. The music is mostly tonal but has a modern rhythm language.

Movement II is more of a dream. Wooden boats on a hazy day on a river somewhere in China. The movement was inspired by some old Chinese art works and is rather contemplative character. It segues into:

The Third movement which is rather happy and fun in character. It has definitely a scherzando character. The movement deals with Spanish Rhythms; the composer suggests that he had that idea since a lot of restaurants in Manhattan, where he currently resides, serve mix of Spanish and Chinese food in his neighborhood.

This adaptation of the concerto was especially written for Nat!

Natasha Korsakova, of Russian-Greek decent, is one of the most popular violinists of her generation. She was born into a music family in Moscow and began playing the violin at the age of 5. Natasha Korsakova is descendant of the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Her first teacher was her grandfather Boris Korsakov. He was followed in her musical education by her father, the well-known Russian violin virtuoso Andrej Korsakov. Her mother is the pianist Yolanta Miroshnikova-Caprarica. After the early death of her father, Natasha Korsakova studied under the tutelage of Ulf Klausenitzer in Nuremberg and then later with Saschko Gawriloff in Cologne.

Maestra Korsakova has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls such as the Auditorium di Milano, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Tokyo's Santory Hall, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rom and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. She has also appeared at international festivals, among others such as Uto Ughi per Roma, the Ludwigsburger Festspielen, Incontri Asolani, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Lockenhaus-Festival.

Among the renowned conductors Natasha Korsakova has co-operated with are Mstislav Rostropovich, Alun Francis, Heiko Matthias Förster, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Ernest Green and David Wiley. She plays with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G. Verdi, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Dutch Radio Broadcasting, the Mainz Philharmonic, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Russian State Orchestra, Filarmonica di Verona, the Orquestra Sinfonica del Estad de Mexico etc..

In 1998, Natasha Korsakova was the “Artist of the Year” in Chile. In July 2008, she was awarded the «Premio Sirmione Catullo» and became «Artist of the Year» in Italy.

 Natasha Korsakova is playing a violin by Vincenzo Panormo (app. 1770). This instrument is kindly loaned by the Sinfonima Foundation on behalf of the Mannheimer Versicherung.

The artist is Testimonial of Laura Biagiotti since 2006 and wears outfits from the Laura Biagiotti Prêt-à-Porter collection during her performances.

Ms. Korsakova is Managed by Price Rubin & Partners  




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1 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)
Spinning Song from Song Without Words Op. 67 No. 4 (1:46) 

2 Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (2:53) 

3 Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Fantasy Impromptu C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 66 (5:21)

 4 Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Waltz No.14 in E minor, op. posth. (2:10) 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1865 -1750) Italian Concerto BWV 971
5 Allegro (3:42)
6 Andante (5:23)
7 Presto (3:48) 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1865 -1750) French suite No 6 in E BWV 817
8 Polonaise (1:41)
9 Menuet (1:16)
10 Bourrée (1:25)
11 Gigue (2:15) 

12 Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes) (3:11) 

13 Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Waltz Op.42 No.5 (4:03) 

14 Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1959)
O Polichinelo (The Punch Doll), from A Prole do Bebê
(Baby’s Family), series 1 W140 (1:37)

In May 2009, Umi, an year eight-old pianist, appeared on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was such a sensation that her young career has skyrocketed, receiving requests to perform worldwide and appearing regularly with symphony orchestras. Among her highlights in 2010 was an appearance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops sponsored by NPR’s From the Top, and her orchestral debut with the Desert Symphony in Palm Desert, California in December, 2009, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A major. Both performances thrilled the audiences with brilliant playing and charm, earning an enthusiastic standing ovation and endless applause.

For the past two years Umi has been invited to participate and perform in concert at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont as the youngest performer in the 26 year history of the festival. The young pianist also captivated European audiences in August of 2009 as a performer in several concerts at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg and Germany in selected solo and chamber music works. She was recognized as the little star from America and was featured on live Luxembourg television in an interview as a wunderkind.

Some of her past appearances include From The Top national radio show, recitals in New York City (Steinway Hall), Washington D.C., and sharing the stage with cellist, Allison Eldredge in a charity concert in Southern California.

Umi has won first prizes at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and the J.S. Bach Competition where

she competed with pianists up to the age of 18. She has been a winner in the J.S.Bach Competition for twoconsecutive years.

In November, 2009, Umi was a winner of the Saddleback Symphony Concerto Competition and appeared asfeatured soloist with that orchestra.

Her upcoming engagements include her Chinese orchestral debut with the Wuhan Philharmonic, orchestral performances with the Charlotte Florida Symphony and the Thayer Symphony in Massachusetts.

Umi has been a student of Yoshie Akimoto for the past two years.

She also plays the violin and has taken ballet since she was two and a half. She loves to paint and ride her bicycle.

Umi appears live by arrangement with Price Rubin & Partners  



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Dickran Atamian -- Igor Stravinsky -- Atamian plays The Rite of Spring for Solo Piano, LIVE.

1  Part 1, No. 1, Introduction
2  Part 1, No. 2, The Augurs of Spring
3  Part 1, No. 3, Ritual of Abduction
4  Part 1, No. 4, Spring Rounds
5  Part 1, No. 5, Ritual of the Rival Tribes
6  Part 1, No. 6, Procession of the Sage
7  Part 1, No. 7, The Sage
8  Part 1, No. 8, Dance of the Earth

9 Part 2, No. 9, Introduction
10 Part 2, No. 10, Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
11 Part 2, No. 11, Glorification of the Chosen One
12 Part 2, No. 12, Evocation of the Ancestors
13 Part 2, No. 13, Ritual Action of the Ancestors
14 Part 2, No. 14, Sacrificial Dance: The Chosen One







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From the Lyra House CD (LHL 1004) "ATAMIAN PLAYS A FEAST OF BEETHOVEN" Dickran Atamian, solo pianist

Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique) -- all movements
Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101 -- all movements
Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata) -- all movements

Dickran Atamian -- Atamian Plays a Festival of Beethoven.

1  Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique) Mvt. 1, Grave; Allegro
2  Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique) Mvt. 2, Adagio cantabile
3  Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique) Mvt. 3, Rondo: Allegro
4  Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101Mvt. 1, Etwas lebhaft Empfindung
5  Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101Mvt. 2, Lebhaft; Marschmassig
6  Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101Mvt. 3, Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
7  Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata) Mvt. 1, Allegro assi
8  Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata) Mvt. 2, Andante con moto
9  Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata) Mvt. 3, Allegro, ma non troppo



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From the Lyra House CD (LHL 1001) "ATAMIAN PLAYS A FESTIVAL OF CHOPIN" Dickran Atamian, solo pianist:


Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 1 in B-flat Major
Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 2 in B Minor
Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 3 in A-flat Major
Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 4 in A Minor

Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major, Op. 53

Prelude, Op. 28, No. 4 in E minor
Prelude, Op. 28, No. 10 in C-sharp minor
Prelude, Op. 28, No. 7 in A Major
Prelude, Op. 28, No. 22 in G Minor

Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27



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Atamian plays Brahms Piano Concerto
No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Maestoso (D minor)

The first movement is in sonata form, divided into five sections: orchestral introduction, exposition, development, recapitulation, and coda. This movement is large, lasting between 20 to 25 minutes. This strict adherence to forms used in the Classical Period earned Brahms a reputation for being musically "conservative." The theme consists heavily of arpeggiated chords and trills. Within the orchestral introduction other themes are introduced, and there exists an integrative development of thematic material by both the orchestra and the soloist.

Adagio (D major)

This movement is in a ternary form, with the theme being introduced by bassoon.

Rondo: Allegro non troppo (D minor → D major)

The structure of the Rondo finale is similar to that of the rondo of Beethoven's third piano concerto. There are three themes present in this rondo; the second theme may be considered a strong variation of the first. The third theme is introduced in the episode but is never explicitly developed by the soloist, instead the soloist is "integrated into the orchestral effect." A cadenza follows the bulk of the rondo, with an extensive coda that develops the first and third themes appeari

1st Movement,
Maestoso: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
2nd Movement,
Adagio: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
3rd Movement,
Rondo: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 1st movement, Maestoso

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 2nd movement, Adagio

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 3rd movement, Rondo


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Vespertine Formations. University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble, New Century Percussion, Volume 1, Mark Ford and Chrisopher Deane, directors.


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AUR CD 5022
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Symphonies & Such Indiana State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Indiana State University Faculty Winds. John Boyd, conductor Paul Bro, alto saxophone Music of Nelson, Larsen, Boysen, Purcell and Lukas.

1. Fanfare for Kennedy Center (1995) (Nelson)
2. Holy Roller (1997)  (Larsen)
Symphony for Winds and Percussion (1998) (Boysen)
3. I. Fast and brilliant
4. II. Slow and plaintive
5. III. Fast and aggessive
6. Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1992) (Purcell)
Musica Boema (1978) (Lukas)
7. I. Cantabile
8. II. (quarter note = 120)


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Wind SongsIndiana State University Faculty Winds
John Boyd, conductor
ISU Festival Chorus, Richard Zielinski, conductor
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo-soprano.  Music of Waters, Schubert and Orff.

Four Visions of War (1985-1986) (Waters)
1. I. Lo, victress on the peaks
2. II. Beat! beat! drums! blow! bugles! blow!
3. III. A sight in camp in the daybreak gray and dim
4. IV. Word over all, beautiful as the sky
Little Symphony for Winds (Schubert)
5. I. Allegro moderato
6. II. Adagio
7. III. Allegro
8. IV. Allegro giusto
Carmina Burana (Orff)
9. I. Fortune plango vulnera
10. II. In trutina
11. III. Tanz
12. IV. Amor volat undique
13. V. In traberna


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Capriccio Indiana State University Wind Ensemble and Faculty Chamber Winds. John Boyd, conductor. The Chicago Saxophone Quartet. Paul Bro, soprano saxophone. Music of Barker, Linn, McCarthy and Andriessen.

1. Capriccio for Saxophone Quartet and Band by Warren Baker
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Robert Linn 
2. Broad
3. Moderate
4. Slow
5. Quick
6. Leisurely
7. Fast
8. Polarization for Symphonic Band by Daniel McCarthy
Concerto Grosso for Sax Quartet & Wind Orchestra by Jurrian Andriessen 
9. Allegro quisto
10. Larghetto
11. Allegro quisto


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The Louisville Project, music that was commissioned by Houston Symphony Orchestra clarinet and aux. woodwind player Richard Nunemaker.  Premiere performances by Nunemaker recorded in Louisville, Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois with the composers present.

Rothko Landscapes (2000) by Jody Rockmaker 
1. I. Maroon on Blue (05:38)
2. II. Number 7 (04:52)
3. III. Abstract Expressions (05:08)
Clarinet Quintet (2002) by Marc Satterwhite 
4. I. Allegro brilliante (06:56)
5. II. Presto delicato (03:24)
6. III. Espressivo con moto (08:17)
7. Just a Line From Chameleon (2001) by M. William Karlins (09:34)
8. Improvisation on “Lines Where Beauty Lingers” for Solo Bass Clarinet (2002) by M. William Karlins (09:13)
9. Las viudas de Calama (The Widows of Calama) (2000) by Marc Satterwhite After a poem by Marjorie Agosín  (09:48)
10. Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) (2001) by Meira M. Warshauer (11:52)


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A Concert of Vocal Music by Connecticut Composers, Inc., Volume 5

1. Le soir tombe (2007) (BMI) (5:49) Michael Slayton
for mezzo-soprano & piano, four-hands
Amy Jarman, mezzo-soprano
Melissa Rose & Jerome A. Reed, pianists

Songs for the Harvester of Dreams (1985) (BMI) Howard Rovics
for soprano, clarinet, & piano, four-hands
2. Grasshopper (1:55)
3. Loon (2:09)
4. Squirrel (0:59)
5. Spider (2:15)
6. Crow’s Catastrophe (1:15)
7. Wolf (2:20)
Christina Rovics, soprano
Richard Goldsmith, clarinetist
Helen Lin & Howard Rovics, pianists

Two Songs for Soprano and Violin (2006) (ASCAP) Allen Brings
8. Under the Greenwood Tree (2:13)
9. Dirge in Woods (3:15)
Amanda Page Smith, soprano; Justin Smith, violinist

Three Sonnets after the Portuguese (2006) (ASCAP) Allen Brings
for contralto, violin, & bassoon
10. If thou must love me (2:09)
11. Go from me (1:58)
12. When our two souls (1:30)
The Corelli Trio
Judit Rajk, contralto
Gabor Csonka, violin
Geza Hargitai, bassoon

Four Songs on the Theme of Praise (BMI) Dave Brubeck
for soprano & piano
13. Psalm 104: 24 - 34 (2001) (4:14)
14.. Psalm 33: 1 - 22 (2001) (5:27)
15. Psalm 40: 1 - 3, 8 - 11, 13 (2001) (4:08)
16. How Praise a World (1972) (5:05)
Jennifer Foster, soprano; Allen Brings, pianist

Frauenliebe und -leben (A Woman’s Love and Life) (1999) (BMI)
Elizabeth R. Austin for soprano & piano
17. I Seit ich ihn gesehen (Since I laid my eyes on him) (2:36)
18. II Er, der herrlichste von allen (He, most wonderful of all) (2:58)
19. III Ich kann’s nicht fassen (I cannot grasp it) (0:59)
20. IV Du Ring an meinem Finger (O ring upon my finger) (2:49)
21. V Süsser Freund (Dearest friend) (3:01)
22. VI Traum der eignen Tage (Dream of days gone by) (2:51)
Eun-Jung Auh, soprano; Teresa Crane, pianist

Total Playing Time: 62:40

Le soir tombe by Michael Slayton and Frauenliebe und -leben by Elizabeth R. Austin are published by American Composers Alliance (BMI). Two Songs for Soprano and Violin and Three Sonnets after the Portuguese by Allen Brings are published by Mira Music Associates (ASCAP). Songs for the Harvester of Dreams by Howard Rovics is available from Howard Rovics Music (BMI).

The recording engineer for Le soir tombe was Kevin Edlin; for Songs for the Harvester of Dreams, James McClean; for Three Sonnets after the Portuguese, Zoltan Osvath; for Frauenliebe und -leben, Louis Michael. The recording engineer for Two Songs for Soprano & Violin and Four Songs on the Theme of Praise was Rick Krahn and the editor Da-Hong Seetoo. This recording was mastered by Scott Metcalfe.

Cover Design: Canio La Salva

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Reflections on the Hudson by Nancy Bloomer Deussen. Features clarinetist Richard Nunemaker, Tanana HS Band of Fairbanks (Alaska), Gabrieli Brass, Soundmoves (Western Oregon University), Mission Chamber Orchestra, flutist Angela Koregelos and pianist Zoe Smith.

1. Carmel by-the-Sea
2. Reflections on the Hudson
Concerto for Clarinet and Small Orchestra
3. Movement I
4. Movement II
5. Movement III
6. Ascent to Victory



AUR CD 3112
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The String Music of Allen Brings and Leo Kraft Music by two established American composers. Includes Brings’s Sonata after Vivaldi for cello and piano, Quintet For Strings and Kraft’s Cinque Fantasie for violin and cello and String Quartet No. 4.

Sonata after Vivaldi for cello with piano (1981) by Allen Brings
1. Slow
2. Fast
3. Slow
4. Fast
5. Quintet (1979) by Allen Brings
Cinque Fantasie (1990, revised 2000) by Leo Kraft
6. Allegro furioso
7. Scorrevole
8. Sostenuto ed espressivo
9. Adante
10. Allegro furioso
String Quartet No. 4 (1998) by Leo Kraft
11. Allegro
12. Adagio affettuoso
13. Allegro


AUR CD 3110

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Mountain Requiem, composeed by Richard W. Smith
Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists.

1. Mountain Dawn (Prelude)
2. Requiem and Kyrie
3. I Will Lift Mine Eyes
4. Dies Irae
5. Salva Me
6. Pie Jesu
7. Gloria (Rose Windows on the Desert)
8. Agnus Dei
9. The Lord Is My Strength and My Song
10. Crossing The Bar
11. Sanctus
12. Hudson Valley (Postlude)
13. The Lord Bless Thee