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outstandingSelected recordings are highlighted with the accolade IRR OUTSTANDING. The identification of such recordings has been made by individual reviewers. The selected release is illustrated in the review with a reproduction of the sleeve and the IRR OUTSTANDING logo.

 

 

   

Outstanding in the October 2014 edition

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Damase New
Symphonie. Flute Concertoa. Piano Concerto No. 2b. Concertino for Piano and String Orchestrab.
aAnna Noakes (flute); bAshley Wass (piano); BBC Concert Orchestra/Martin Yates.
Dutton Epoch CDLX7309 (medium price, 1 hour 19 minutes). Website www.duttonvocalion.co.uk. Producer Neil Varley. Engineers Dexter Newman, Dillon Gallagher. Dates July 1st-3rd, 2013.

 

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Enescu New
Symphony No. 5 in Da. Isis (both realized Pascal Bentoiu).
aMarius Vlad (tenor); NDR Chor; Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern/Peter Ruzicka.
CPO 777 823-2 (full price, 1 hour 1 minute). Romanian texts and English/German translations included. Website www.cpo.de. Producer Thomas Raisig. Engineer Ralf Schnellbach. Dates June 18th-20th, 2012.

 

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Gunning New
Symphonies – No. 6; No. 7. Night Voyage.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Christopher Gunning.
Discovery Music and Vision DMV112 (full price, 1 hour 3 minutes). Website www.discoverymusicandvision.com. Producer Mike Hatch. Engineer Claire Hay. Dates February 3rd and 4th, 2014.

 

 

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Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic New
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade, Op. 35. Balakirev Islamey, Op. 18  (orch. Sergey Lyapunov).
Erkin Köçekçe.
Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches – Suite No. 1, Op. 10: No. 2, In a Village; No. 4, Procession of the Sardar.
Pelin Halkaci Alkin (violin); Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra/Sascha Goetzel.
Onyx Classics ONYX4124 (full price, 1 hour 17 minutes). Website www.onyxclassics.com. Producer Tim Oldham. Engineer Mike Hatch. Dates February 11th-15th, 2014

 

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Fantasy Trios New
Bridge Phantasie Trio in C minor, H79.
Ireland Phantasie-Trio in A minor.
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (arr. Eduard Steuermann).
Suk Elegie in D, Op. 23.
Dimension Trio (Rafał Zambrzycki-Payne, violin; Thomas Carroll, cello; Anthony Hewitt, piano).
Champs Hill Records CHRCD060 (full price, 1 hour 3 minutes). Website www.champshill records.co.uk. Producer/Engineer Andrew Mellor. Date July 24th-26th, 2012.

 

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Marc-André Hamelin New
Janáček On the Overgrown Path,JW VIII/17 – Book 1.
Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15. Waldszenen, Op. 82.
Marc-André Hamelin (piano).
Hyperion CDA68030 (full price, 1 hour 14 minutes). Website www.hyperion-records.co.uk. Producer Andrew Keener. Engineer Simon Eadon. Dates March 30th and 31st, 2013.

 

 

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Scottish Songs New
Geminiani Auld Bob Morrice. The Broom of Cowdenknows and Bonny Christy. Bush aboon Traquair. The Country Lass. Lady Ann Bothwell’s Lament. The Lass of Peaty’s Mill. The last time I came o’er the moor. The Night her silent sable wore. O Bessy Bell and Mary Gray. Sleepy Body. When Phoebus bright. 
Haydn Scottish Folk Songs, Hob. XXXIaa – No. 1, Mary’s Dream; No. 2, John Anderson; No. 10, The Ploughman; No. 18, My Boy Tammy; No. 44, Sleepy bodie; No. 45, The gard’ner wi’ his paidle; No. 71, Young Damon; No. 143bis, Morag; No. 149, O’er the hills and far away; No. 201, Mary’s Dream; No. 219bis, She rose and let me in.
aSusan Hamilton (soprano); The Rare Fruits Council (Jed Wentz, Belén Nieto Galán, flutes; Guadalupe del Moral, violin; Pablo Valetti, viola; Balázs Máté, cello; Luca Gugliemi, fortepiano/ harpsichord)/Manfredo Kraemer (violin).
Ludi Musici LM006 (full price, 1 hour 7 minutes). English texts included. Website www.ludimusici.com. Producer Catherine von Mutias. Engineer Mireille Fauré. Dates February 19th-23rd, 2009.

 

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Haydn New
Die Jahreszeiten, Hob. XXI/3.
Christina Landshamer (soprano); Maximilian Schmitt (tenor); Florian Boesch (baritone); Collegium Vocale Gent; Orchestre des Champs-Elysées/Philippe Herreweghe.
PHI LPH013 (medium price, two discs, 2 hours 9 minutes). German texts and English/French translations included. Website www.outhere-music.com. Producer Andreas Neubronner. Engineer Markus Heiland. Dates April 10th-13th, 2013.

 

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Pergament Den judiska sången. Reissue
Birgit Nordin (soprano); Sven Olof Eliasson (tenor); Stockholm Philharmonic Choir;
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/James DePreist.
Caprice CAP21834 (full price, 1 hour 16 minutes). From CAP2003. Swedish texts and English translations included. Website www.statensmusikverk.se/capricerecords. Producer Håkan Elmqvist. Engineer Olle Bolander. Remastering Engineer Claes Persson. Dates Live performance on February 3rd, with additional takes on January 31st and February 2nd and 8th, 1975.

 

Outstanding in the September 2014 edition

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Bruckner New CD/SACD
Symphony No. 7 in E (1885, ed. Nowak).
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer.
Channel Classics CCSSA33714 (full price, 57 minutes). Website www.channelclassics.com. Producer Hein Dekker. Engineer Jared Sacks. Date March 2012.

 

 

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Dowland New
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares.
Hathor Consort (Liam Fennelly, treble viol/tenor viol; Thomas Baeté, tenor viol; Anne Bernard, bass viol; Benoît Vanden Bemden, violone; Sofie Vanden Eynde, lute)/Romina Lischka (treble viol).
Fuga Libera FUG718 (full price, 1 hour 8 minutes). Website www.outhere-music.com. Producer/Engineer Rainer Arndt. Dates June 25th-28th, 2013.

 

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Hume New
An Almayne/The Spirit of the Almayne. Be merry a day will come/A Toy/Ha Couragie. Captaine Humes Galliard. Cease leaden slumber: The Queenes New-yeeres gifta. The Dukes Almaine : The Duke of Holstones delight. The Earle of Pembrookes Galiard. Fain would I change that notea. A Galliard 3. Give you go[o]d morrowe Madam. Maister Crasse his Almayne/A Galliard 5. A mery conceit: The Q[ueens] delight. My hope is revived: The Lady of Suffolkes delight. A Pollish Vilanell. A Spanish humor: The Lord Hayes favoret. A Souldiers Galiard. The Souldiers Songa. Start: The Lady of Sussex delight. Tobaccoa. Tickell, Tickell/I Am Falling/Tickle me quickly. A Toy/A Merry meeting. The virgins muse: The Lady Arbellaes favoret. What greater griefea.
aThomas Walker (tenor); Alison McGillivray (bass viol/lyre d’amore); Concerto Caledonia/David McGuinness.
Delphian DCD34140 (full price, 57 minutes). English texts included. Website www.delphianrecords.co.uk. Producer David McGuinness. Engineer Calum Malcolm. Date August 16th, 2012.

 

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Perspectives 6 New
Beethoven Piano Sonatas – No. 10 in G, Op. 14 No. 2; No. 30 in E, Op. 109. Berio Six Encores – Erdenklavier; Feuerklavier; Luftklavier; Wasserklavier. Schumann Fantasie in C, Op. 17.
Andreas Haefliger (piano).
Avie AV2293 (full price, 1 hour 17 minutes). Website www.avie-records.com. Producer/Engineer Markus Heiland. Dates October 14th-16th, 2013.

 

 

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Bernstein New CD/SACD
West Side Story
Alexandra Silber (soprano) Maria; Cheyenne Jackson (tenor) Tony; Jessica Vosk (voice) Anita; Kevin Vortmann (voice) Riff; Juliana Hansen (voice) Rosalia; Cassie Simone (voice) Francisca; Louise Marie Cornillez (voice) Consuelo; Justin Keyes (voice) Action; Zachary Ford (voice) Diesel; Chris Meissner (voice) Baby John; David Michael Laffey (voice) Big Deal/Snowboy; Louis Pardo (voice) A-rab; Kelly Markgraf (voice) Bernardo; Michael Taylor (voice) Officer Krupke; Julia Bullock (voice) A Girl; San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas.
San Francisco Symphony 821936-0059-2 (medium price, two discs, 1 hour 23 minutes). English libretto included. Website www.sfsymphony.org. Producer Jack Vad. Engineers Roni Jules, Gus Pollek, Jonathon Stevens. Dates Live performances at San Francisco Opera on June 27th-July 2nd, 2013.

 

Outstanding in the July/August 2014 edition

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Mariss Jansons New
Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54aTchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, ‘Pathétique’b.
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons.
BR Klassik 900123 (full price, 1 hour 15 minutes). Website www.br-klassik.de. Producer Wilhelm Meister. Engineer Klemens Kamp. Dates Live performances at bthe Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich, on March 18th-21st and athe Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich, on June 4th-7th, 2013.

 

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Belle Époque New
Debussy String Quartet in G minor. Menu Sonatine. Milhaud String Quartet No. 1, Op. 5.
Galatea Quartet (Yuka Tsuboi, Sarah Kilchenmann, violins; Hugo Bollschweiler, viola; Julien Kilchenmann, cello).
Sony Classical 88883 78821-2 (full price, 58 minutes). Website klassik.sonymusic.de. Producer/Engineer Andreas Werner. Dates November 4th-6th, 2013.

 

 

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Dupont New
Poèmea. Journée de printempsb. Les Heures dolentes – excerptscLa Maison dans les dunes – excerptsc.
abcMarie-Catherine Girod (piano); Quatuor PraΩák (abPavel Hůla, aVlastimil Holek, violins; aJosef Klusoň, viola; aMichal Kaňka, cello).
Mirare MIR238 (full price, 1 hour 18 minutes). Website www.mirare.fr. Producer Marketa Janacková. Engineer Jan Lzizar. Date August 2013.

 

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Prokofiev New
Violin Sonatas – No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80; No. 2 in D, Op. 94bis. Five Melodies, Op. 35bis.
Alina Ibragimova (violin); Steven Osborne (piano).
Hyperion CDA67514 (full price, 1 hour 1 minute). Website www.hyperion-records.co.uk. Producer Andrew Keener. Engineer Simon Eadon. Dates July 11th-13th, 2013.

 

 

 

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Endless Song New
Encores for piano.
Albéniz Cantos d’España, Op. 232 – No. 4, Córdoba; No. 5, Seguidillas. Chopin The Wish, Op. 74 No. 1 (transcr. Liszt). Gershwin George Gershwin’s Song-Book – excerpts. Guastavino Bailecito. Cantilenas argentinas – No. 4, El ceibo. Mendelssohn Lieder ohne Worte – A, Op. 19b No. 3; F sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 6. Metcalf Endless Song. Poulenc Improvisation No. 15 in C minor, ‘Hommage à Edith Piaf’. Rachmaninov Mélodie in E, Op. 3 No. 3. Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 (transcr. Alan Richardson). Schubert Ave Maria, D839. Schumann Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1 (both transcr. Liszt). Suk Love Song, Op. 7 No. 1.
Margaret Fingerhut (piano).
Chandos CHAN10826 (full price, 1 hour 13 minutes). Website www.chandos.net. Producer Jeremy Hayes. Engineer Ben Connellan. Dates October 17th and 18th, 2013.

 

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Gluck Blu-ray
Orfeo et Euridice, Wq30.
Bejun Mehta (countertenor) Orfeo; Eva Liebau (soprano) Euridice; Regula Mühlemann (soprano) Amore; Collegium Vocale 1704; Collegium 1704/Václav Luks.
Arthaus Musik 108 103/also available on DVD 102 184 (1 hour 15 minutes). Subtitles in English/French/German/Italian/Korean/Spanish. Website www.arthaus-musik.com. 1080i High Definition. 16:9. Region 0. PCM Stereo. DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0. Stage Director Ondřej Havelka. Photography Director Jan Malíř. DVD Producer Herbert G. Kloiber. Date Live performance at the Baroque Theatre, Ceský Krumlov Castle, Czech Republic, in 2011.

 

 

 

Outstanding in the June 2014 edition

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Causton New
As Kingfishers Catch Firea. Chamber Symphonyb. Millennium Scenesc. Notturnod. The Persistence of Memorye.
abcdBirmingham Contemporary Music Group/ adeGerry Cornelius, bRyan Wigglesworth; cHallé/Nicholas Collon.
NMC NMCD192 (full price, 1 hour 17 minutes). Website www.nmcrec.co.uk. Producer/Engineer David Lefeber. Dates Live performances at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham on bFebruary 15th and adeSeptember 12th and 15th, cstudio recording at Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester on October 29th and 30th, 2013.

 

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Dusapin New
Sept Solos – No. 6, Reversoa; No. 7, Uncutb. Morning in Long Islandc.
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/ Myung Whun Chung.
DG France 481 0786 (full price, 1 hour 3 minutes). Website www.universalmusic.fr. Producers abVincent Villetard, cArnaud Moral. Engineers abYves Baudry, cChristian Lahondes. Dates Live performances at the Salle Pleyel, Paris on aDecember 10th, 2010, cJune 24th, 2011, bthe Auditorium, Lyon on January 25th, 2012.

 

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C. P. E. Bach New
Works for keyboard and violin.
Sonatas for Violin and Piano – D, Wq71 (H502)a; B minor, Wq76 (H512)a; C minor, Wq78 (H514). Arioso con variazioni in A, Wq79 (H535)a. Fantasie in F sharp minor, Wq80 (H536).
Leila Schayegh (Baroque violin); Jörg Halubek (aharpsichord/tangent piano).
Pan Classics PC10305 (full price, 1 hour 11 minutes). Website www.panclassics.com. Producer Andreas Priemer. Engineer Volker Neumann. Date September 23rd-25th, 2013.

 

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Fauré Chamber Works, Volume 5. New
Violin Sonatas – No. 1 in A, Op. 13; No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108. Berceuse in A, Op. 16. Romance in B flat, Op. 28. Andante in B flat, Op. 75. Morceau de lecture.
Daishin Kashimoto (violin); Éric Le Sage (piano).
Alpha ALPHA604 (full price, 1 hour 8 minutes). Website www.outhere-music.com. Producer/Engineer Jean-Marc Lainé. Dates January 2nd-4th, 2012.

 

 

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Crumb New
Complete Edition, Volume 16.
Sun and Shadow (Spanish Songbook II)a. Voices from the Heartland (American Songbook VII)b.
abAnn Crumb (soprano); bPatrick Mason (baritone); bOrchestra 2001 (aMarcantonio Barone, amplified piano; Brenda Weckerly, Greg Giannascoli, David Nelson, William Kerrigan, percussion)/James Freeman.
Bridge Records BRIDGE9413 (full price, 1 hour 2 minutes). English texts included. Website www.bridgerecords.com. Producer David Starobin. Engineers aDoron Schächter, bAdam Abeshouse, bAndy Ryder. Dates bOctober 12th-14th, 2012, aJuly 27th and 28th, 2013.

 

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Zelenka New
Missa Paschalis, ZWV7. Litaniae Omnium Sanctorum, ZWV153a.
Gabriela Eibenová (soprano); Terry Wey (countertenor); Cyril Auvity (tenor); Marián Krejčík (bass); Prague Baroque Soloists; Ensemble Inégal/Adam Viktora.
Nibiru 01582231 (full price, 1 hour 8 minutes). aCzech/English/French/German texts included. Website www.nibiru-publishers.com. Producer Petr Rezníček. Engineer Aleš Dvořák. Dates June 24th-27th, 2013.

 

 

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Bartók New
Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, BB62.
Michelle DeYoung (mezzo) Judith; John Tomlinson (bass) Bluebeard; Juliet Stevenson (speaker) Narrator; Philharmonia Voices and Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Signum Classics SIGCD372 (medium price, 1 hour 7 minutes). Hungarian libretto and English translation included. Website www.signumrecords.com. Producer Misha Donat. Engineer Jonathan Stokes. Date Live concert performance at the Konzerthaus, Vienna on November 8th, 2011. 

 

 

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Vinci DVD
Artaserse.
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor) Artaserse; Max Emanuel Cencic (countertenor) Mandane; Juan Sancho (tenor) Artabano; Franco Fagioli (countertenor) Arbace; Valer Barna-Sabadus (countertenor) Semira; Yuriy Mynenko (countertenor) Megabise; Concerto Köln/Diego Fasolis.
Erato 2564 63232-3 (two discs, 3 hours 21 minutes). Subtitles in English/French/German/Italian. Website www.warnerclassics.com. NTSC. 16:9. DVD 9. Region 0. PCM Stereo 2.0. Dolby Digital 5.1. Stage Director Silviu Purcǎrete. Date Live performance at l’Opéra national de Lorraine on November 10th, 2012. 

 

 

Outstanding in the May 2014 edition

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Augustin Hadelich New
Adès Violin Concerto, Op. 24, ‘Concentric Paths’. Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47. Two Humoresques, Op. 87 – No. 2 in D. Four Humoresques, Op. 89 – No. 2 in G minor; No. 3 in E flat.
Augustin Hadelich (violin); Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Hannu Lintu.
Avie AV2276 (full price, 1 hour 1 minute). Website www.avie-records.com. Producer Andrew Keener. Engineer Philip Hobbs. Dates June 21st-24th, 2013.

 

 

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C. P. E. Bach New CD/SACD
Symphonies – C, Wq174 (H649); F, Wq175 (H650); E minor, Wq178 (H653); E flat, Wq179 (H654); G, Wq180 (H655); F, Wq181 (H656).
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/ Christian Zacharias.
Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG940 1824-6 (full price, 1 hour 9 minutes). Website www.mdg.de. Producer/Engineer Werner Dabringhaus. Producer Reimund Grimm. Dates April 6th-8th, 2013.

 

 

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Mozart New CD/SACD
Piano Concertos, Volume 6. Piano Concertos – No. 18 in B flat, K456; No. 22 in E flat, K482.
Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano); Die Kölner Akademie/Michael Alexander Willens.
BIS BIS2044SACD (full price, 1 hour). Website www.bis.se. Producer Ingo Petry. Engineer Thore Brinkmann. Date December 2012.

 

 

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Panufnik New
Symphonic Works, Volume 7. Sinfonia di Sfere (Symphony No. 5)a. Bassoon Concertob. Landscapec. Love Songd
dSarah van der Kemp (mezzo); bMichael von Schönermark (bassoon); abdKonzerthausorchester Berlin, cPolish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Lukasz Borowicz.
CPO 777 686-2 (full price, 1 hour 8 minutes). Website www.cpo.de. Producers adFlorian B. Schmidt, bHein Laabs, cLech Dudzik. Engineers abdHajo Seiler, cGabriela Blicharz. Dates cJune 26th, 2009, aOctober 20th-November 1st, 2012, dJanuary 28th and b30th- 31st, 2013.

 

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Vibrez New
j. S. Bach Das wohltemperierte Klavier, BWV846-93, Book 2 – Prelude No. 11 in F, BWV880. Barber Adagio for Strings, Op. 11. Liszt La Lugubre Gondola, S200 No. 2. Mendelssohn Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2. Schubert Schwanengesang D957 – No. 1, Liebesbotschaft; No. 4, Ständchen; No. 5, Aufenthalt. Wagner Tristan und Isolde – Prelude, Act 1. Wieniawski Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 (all arr. Birchall). Sollima Violoncelles, Vibrez!. 
Cellophony (Richard Birchall, Matthijs Broersma, Pau Codina, Reinoud Ford, Ashok Klouda, Bartholomew LaFollete, John Myerscough, Ella Rundle, cellos).
Edition Classics EDN1047 (full price, 59 minutes). Website www.editionrecords.com/edition-classics. Producer Dave Stapleton. Engineer Matt Robertson. Dates January 19th and 20th, 2013.

 

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Meditations: New
Oboe and Harp at the Opera.
Brod Fantaisie sur la ‘Scène folie’ de l’opéra ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, Op. 57. Donizetti Andante sostenuto. Godard Jocelyn – Berceuse (both arr. by Moinet and Christ). Honegger Antigone – Musique de scène (original version)a. Ibert Entr’acte. Massenet Thaïs – Méditation. Pasculli Omagio a Bellinia. Fantaisie sur l’opéra ‘Poliuto’ de Donizetti. Schubert Die Zauberharfe, D644 – Andante. Wagner Tannhäuser – O du mein holder Abendsterna (all arr. by Moinet and Christ). Tristan und Isolde – Mélodie du bergera.
Céline Moinet (oboe/acor anglais); Sarah Christ (harp).
Harmonia Mundi HMC902175 (full price, 56 minutes). Website www.harmoniamundi.com. Producer Tobias Lehmann. Engineer Sebastian Nattkemper. Date May 2013.

 

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Schubert New
Litanei, D343. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774. Der Müller und der Bach, D795 No. 19 (all transcr. Liszt). Ländler in E flat minor, D366 No. 12. Fantasy in C, D760, ‘Wandererfantasie’. 12 Deutsche, D790. Allegretto in C minor, D915. Drei Klavierstücke, D946 Kupelwieser-Walzer, DAnhI/14 (transcr. R. Strauss).
Bertrand Chamayou (piano).
Erato 2564 63707-8 (full price, 1 hour 10 minutes). Website www.warnerclassics.com. Producer Cécille Lenoir. Engineer Cyril Mordant. Dates November 5th-7th, 18th, 21st and 22nd, 2013

 

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The Voice of the Turtle Dove New
Davy Ah, mine heart, remember thee well. O Domine caeli terraeque creator. Mundy Adolescentulus sum ego. Vox Patris caelestis. Sheppard Gaude gaude gaude Maria Virgo. In manus tuas Domine I and III. Libera nos, salva nos, Magnus Dominus I and II.
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
Coro COR16119 (full price, 1 hour 11 minutes). English/Latin texts and English translation included. Website www.thesixteen.com. Producer Mark Brown. Engineer Mike Hatch. Date 2013.

 

 

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Gershwin DVD
Porgy and Bess.
Eric Owens (bass-baritone) Porgy; Laquita Mitchell (soprano) Bess; Angel Blue (soprano) Clara; Karen Slack (soprano) Serena; Chauncey Packer (tenor) Sportin’ Life; Alteouise deVaughan (mezzo) Maria; Lester Lynch (baritone) Crown; Eric Greene (baritone) Jake; Michael Bragg (tenor) Mingo; Michael Austin (tenor) Robbins; Earl Hazell (bass-baritone) Jim; Darren K. Stokes (bass-baritone) Undertaker; Calvin Lee (tenor) Peter; Amber Mercomes (soprano) Lily; Samantha McElhaney (soprano) Strawberry Woman; Kenneth Overton (baritone) Frazier; Frederick Matthews (baritone) Nelson; Ashley Faatoalia (tenor) Crab Man; Malesha Jessie (soprano) Annie; Richard Farrell (speaker) Detective; John Minágro (speaker) Coroner; Louis Landman (speaker) Policeman; San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra/John DeMain.
EuroArts 2059638/also available on Blu-ray 2059634 (2 hours 38 minutes). Includes interviews with the artists, conductor and director (29 minutes). Subtitles in English/French/German/Japanese/Korean. Website www.euroarts.com. NTSC. 16:9. Region 0. PCM Stereo. Dolby Digital 5.1. DTS 5.1. Stage Director Francesca Zambello. DVD Director Frank Zamacona. DVD Producers Jessica Koplos, Matthew Shilvock. Audio Engineers Chris Dulmage, Max Christensen, Doug Mitchell. Date Live performance at San Francisco Opera in June 2009.

 

Outstanding in the April 2014 edition

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Mozart New
Piano Concertos – No. 20 in D minor, K466; No. 25 in C, K503.
Martha Argerich (piano); Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado.
DG 479 1033 (full price, 1 hour 2 minutes). Website www.deutschegrammophon.com. Producer Sid McLauchlan. Engineers Stephan Flock, Ueli Wurth. Date Live performance at the Lucerne Festival in March 2013.

 

 

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Arensky New
Piano Trios – No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32; No. 2 in F minor, Op. 73. 
Rachmaninov Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 (arr. Julius Conus).
Leonore Piano Trio (Benjamin Nabarro, violin; Gemma Rosefield, cello; Tim Horton, piano).
Hyperion CDA68015 (full price, 1 hour 13 minutes). Website www.hyperion-records.co.uk. Producer Tim Oldham. Engineer Phil Rowlands. Dates March 9th-11th, 2013.

 

 

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Beethoven New
Piano Trios – E flat, Op. 70 No. 2; B flat, Op. 97, ‘Archduke’.
Isabelle Faust (violin); Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello); Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano).
Harmonia Mundi HMC902125 (full price, 1 hour 8 minutes). Website www.harmoniamundi.com. Producer Tobias Lehmann. Engineer Julian Schwenkner. Date September 2011.

 

 

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Beethoven Volume 1. New
Violin Sonatas – No. 1 in D, Op. 12 No. 1; No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2; No. 3 in E flat, Op. 12 No. 3; No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23; No. 5 in F, Op. 24, ‘Spring’.
Elizabeth Wallfisch
(violin); Daniel Breitman (fortepiano).
Nimbus Alliance NI6245/6 (medium price, two discs, 1 hour 44 minutes). Website www.wyastone.co.uk. Producer Simon Neal. Engineer Edmund Pickering. Dates January 9th-14th, 2012.

 

 

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Bowen New
Rhapsody Trio in A minor, Op. 80. Phantasy Quintet in D minor, Op. 93a. Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 109b. Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 118. Piano Trio in D minor (ed. Gould Piano Trio).
Robert Plane (bclarinet/abass clarinet); Gould Piano Trio (aLucy Gould, violin; aAlice Neary, cello; bBenjamin Frith, piano), with aMia Cooper (violin); aDavid Adams (viola).
Chandos CHAN10805 (full price, 1 hour 18 minutes). Website www.chandos.net. Producer/Engineer Michael Ponder. Dates aJanuary 11th, April b29th and 30th and May 1st, 2013.

 

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Brahms New
String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2. Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115a.
aMichael Collins (clarinet); Brodsky Quartet (Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton, violins; Paul Cassidy, viola; Jacqueline Thomas, cello). 
Chandos CHAN10817 (full price, 1 hour16 minutes). Website www.chandos.net. Producer Rachel Smith. Engineers Jonathan Cooper, Rosanna Fish. Dates November 12th-14th, 2013.

 

 

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Debussy New
Préludes, Book 1. Deux Arabesques. Estampes. Suite bergamasque – Clair de lune.
Nino Gvetadze
(piano).
Orchid Classics ORC100041 (full price, 1 hour 9 minutes). Website www.orchidclassics.com. Producer/Engineer Guido Tichelman. Dates June 10th-12th, 2013.

 

 

 

Outstanding in the March 2014 edition

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Beethoven DVD
SymphoniesNo. 1 in C, Op. 21; No. 2 in D, Op. 36; No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55, ‘Eroica’; No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60; No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; No. 6 in F, Op. 68, ‘Pastoral’; No. 7 in A Op. 92; No. 8 in F, Op. 93; No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, ‘Choral’a.
aChristiane Karg (soprano); aMihoko 
Fujimora (mezzo); aMichael Schade (tenor); aMichael Volle (baritone); aChor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons.
Arthaus Musik 107 537 (three discs, 6 hours 24 minutes). Special feature: ‘Jansons rehearses Beethoven’, directed by Eckhart Querner (44 minutes). Subtitles in English/French/German/Italian/Korean/Spanish. Website www.arthaus-musik.com. NTSC. 16:9. DVD 9. Region 0. PCM Stereo. Dolby Digital 5.0. TV Director Hisao Tonooka. DVD Producer Nicola Wichern. Audio Engineer Wilhelm Meister. Date Live performances in Suntori Hall, Tokyo in 2012.

 

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Dvořák Volume 4. New
Symphony No. 2 in B flat, B12. Slavonic Dances – B83: No. 3 in A flat; No. 6 in D; B147: No. 7 in C.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/José Serebrier.
Warner Classics 2564 64527-6 (full price, 1 hour 8 minutes). Website www.warnerclassics.com. Producer Alexander van Ingen. Engineers Mike Hatch, Mike Cox. Dates June 3rd and 4th, 2013.

 

 

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Mahler DVD
Symphony No. 6 in A minor.
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly.
Accentus Music ACC20268/also available on Blu-ray ACC10268 (1 hour 26 minutes). Includes discussion with Riccardo Chailly and Reinhold Kubik (18 minutes). Subtitles in English/French/German. Website www.accentus.com. NTSC. 16:9. DVD 9. Region 0. PCM Stereo. DTS 5.1. Dolby Digital 5.1. Video Director Ute Feudel. Video Producer Paul Smaczny. DVD Producer Günter Atteln. Dates Live performances at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig on September 6th, 7th and 9th, 2012.

 

 

 

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R. Strauss New CD/SACD
Don Juan, Op. 20a. Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28a.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck.
Reference Recordings Fresh! FR707 (full price, 59 minutes). Website www.referencerecordings.com. Producer Dirk Sobotka. Engineer Mark Donahue. Dates June 8th-10th, 2012.

 

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Tchaikovsky New CD/SACD
Piano Concertos – No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23a; No. 2 in G, Op. 44b.
Denis Matsuev (piano); Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev.
Mariinsky MAR0548 (medium price, 1 hour 19 minutes). Website www.mariinskylabel.com. Producer Phillipp Nedel. Engineer Vladimir Ryabenko. Dates Live performances in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in bMarch and aApril 2013.

 

 

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Beethoven New
Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111a. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 (two versions)ab. Six Bagatelles, Op. 126b.
András Schiff (apiano/bfortepiano).
ECM New Series 481 0446 (full price, two discs, 2 hours 29 minutes). Website www.ecmrecords.com. Producer Manfred Eicher. Engineer Stephan Schellmann. Dates aJuly and bDecember 2012.

 

 

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Stevenson New
Passacaglia on DSCH. Fugue, Variations and Epilogue on a Theme by Arnold Bax. Nocturne (Homage to John Field). Promenade Pastorale. Sonatina No. 2. Variations on a Theme of Pizzetti. Waltzes.
James Willshire (piano).
Delphian DCD34119 (medium price, two discs. 2 hours 21 minutes). Website www.delphianrecords.co.uk. Producer/Engineer Paul Baxter. Dates November 5th and 6th and December 3rd, 2013.

 

 

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Christoph Prégardien New
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Lieder aus ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ – No. 4, Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?; No. 7, Rheinlegendchen; No. 9, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen; No. 10, Lob des hohen Verstandes; No. 12, Urlicht; No. 13, Revelge. Rihm Vier Gedichte nach Rainer Maria Rilkea.
Christoph Prégardien (tenor); Bochumer Symphoniker/Steven Sloane.
CPO777 675-2 (full price, 1 hour 2 minutes). German texts and English translations included. Website www.cpo.de. Producer/Engineer Stephan Reh. Dates September 26th-29th, 2011.

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring. Pastorale (orch. Stokowski).
J. S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565. Fugue in G minor, BWV578. Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV582 (all orch. Leopold Stokowski).
Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
DG 479 1074 (full price, 1 hour 3 minutes). Website www.deutschegrammophon.com. Producer Sid McLaughlan. Engineers Charles Gagnon, David Pettit. Date March 2013.

 

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Overtures from the British Isles
Austin The Sea Venturers. Balfour Gardiner Overture to a Comedy. 
Bantock The Frogs. Coleridge-Taylor Scenes from ‘The Song of Hiawatha’, Op. 30 – No. 3, Overture. Cowen The Butterfly’s Ball. Mackenzie The Little Minister, Op. 57 – Overture. Stanford Oedipus tyrannus, Op. 29 – Prelude. Sullivan Macbeth – Overture. 
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba.

Chandos CHAN10797 (full price, 1 hour 17 minutes). Website www.chandos.net. Producer Tim Thorne. Engineers Jonathan Cooper, Catherine McGhee. Dates April 24th-26th, 2013.

 

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Beethoven
Cello Sonatas – No. 1 in F, Op. 5 No. 1; No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2; No. 3 in A, Op. 69; No. 4 in C, Op. 102 No. 1; No. 5 in D, Op. 102 No. 2. Horn Sonata in F, Op. 17 (arr. composer). 12 Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’, Op. 66. 12 Variations on ‘See the conqu’ring hero comes’ from Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabaeus’, WoO45. Seven Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’, WoO46. 
Steven Isserlis (cello); Robert Levin (fortepiano).
Hyperion CDA67981/2 (full price, two discs, 2 hours 39 minutes). Website www.hyperion-records. co.uk. Producer Jens Braun. Engineer Simon Eadon. Dates December 14th-18th, 2012.

 

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Music for cello and piano
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38a. Three Intermezzi, Op. 117. Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D821a. J. S. Bach Pastorale in F, BWV590a.
Mendelssohn Lied ohne Worte in D, Op. 109a.
aAntonio Meneses (cello); Maria João Pires (piano).
DG 479 0965 (full price, 1 hour 17 minutes). Website www.deutschegrammophon.com. Producer John Fraser. Engineers Daniel Kemper, Andrew Mellor. Date Live performances at the Wigmore Hall, London on January 3rd, 2012.

 

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Jolivet
Chamber music for Oboe and Cor Anglais
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Chant pour les piroguiers de l’Orénoquea. Controversiab. Sérénadec. Sonatined. Suite liturgiquee
eChristiane Karg (soprano); Stefan Schilli (abcdoboe/ecor anglais); dMarco Postinghel (bassoon); eSebastian Klinger (cello); beCristina Bianchi (harp); acOliver Triendl (piano).
Oehms Classics OC875 (full price, 57 minutes). Website www.oehmsclassics.de. Producer Michael Kempff. Engineer Winfried Messmer. Dates March 20th-22nd and September 22nd, 2012.

 

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Debussy
Estampes. Images, Series 1 and 2. Études. Hommage à Haydn.
Craig Sheppard (piano).
Roméo Records 7299-7300 (special price, two discs, 1 hour 31 minutes). Website www.romeo records.com. Producer/Engineer Dmitriy Lipay. Date Live performances in the Meany Theater, Seattle in April 2013. 

 

 

 

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Cantus Cölln
Biber Vesperae longiores ac freviores – Vespro della Beata Vergine.
Kerll Missa in fletu solatium obsidionis Viennensis. Delectus sacrarum cantionum – No. 3, Salve regina; No. 5, Ave regina caelorum; No. 7, Exulta corda devolta; No. 26, Salve regina.
Cantus Cölln; Concerto Palatino/Konrad Junghänel
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Accent ACC24286 (full price, 1 hour 14 minutes). Latin texts and English/German translations included. Website www.accent-records.com. Producer Stephan Hahn. Engineer Patrick Huth. Dates March 3rd and 4th, 2013.

 

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Schnittke CD/SACD
Concerto for Choir. Three Sacred Hymns. Voices of NatureaPärt Dopo la vittoria.
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Peter Dijkstra, with aAndreas Moser (vibraphone).
BR Klassik 900505 (full price, 1 hour 1 minute). German/Italian texts and English translations included. Website www.br-klassik.de. Producers Johannes Müller, aBernhard Albrecht. Engineers Ulrike Schwarz, aPeter Urban. Dates Live performances at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich on aJune 29th, 2011, February 18th-21st and July 11th-13th, 2012.

 

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Pergolesi
Stabat mater. Confitebor tibi Domine. Laudate pueri Dominum.

Julia Lezhneva (soprano); Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor); Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano; I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis.
Erato 3 19147-2 (full price, 1 hour 11 minutes). Latin texts and English/French/Italian translations included. Website www.warnerclassics.com. Producer/Engineer Ulrich Ruscher. Dates March 14th-21st, 2012.

 

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Dvořák New
Violin Concerto in A minor, B108. Romance in F minor, B39. Mazurek in E minor, B90. Humoresque in G flat, B187 No. 7 (arr. Fritz Kreisler)a.
Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin); aAyami Ikeba (piano); Berliner Philharmoniker/Manfred Honeck.
DG 479 1060 (full price, 55 minutes). Website www.deutschegrammophon.com Producer Arend Prohmann. Engineers Stephan Flock, Gregor Schweiger. Date June 2013.

 

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Ligeti New
Violin Concertoa. Atmosphèresb. Lontanob. San Francisco Polyphonyc
aBenjamin Schmid (violin); Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu.
Ondine ODE1213-2 (full price, 1 hour 8 minutes). Website www.ondine.net  Producer Laura Heikinheimo. Engineer Antii Pohjola. Dates abAugust 29th-31st, 2012, cMarch 1st and 2nd, 2013.

 

 

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Elliott Carter: DVD
103rd Birthday Concert
Duettinoa. Figment IVb. Mnemeosynéc. String Triod. Rigmarolee. Bariolagef. Trije glasbenikig. Double Trioh. Retracingi. Figment Vj. Hiyokuk. A Sunbeam’s Architecturel.
lNicholas Phan (tenor); glMarie Tachouet (flute); flStephen Taylor (oboe); eglVirgil Blackwell, klCharles Neidich, kAyako Oshima (clarinets); hlPeter Kolkay (bassoon); hPeter Evans (trumpet); hlJim Pugh (trombone); lAaron Boyd, lMiranda Cuckson, lKatie Hyun, lTai Murray, abcdhRolf Schulte (violins); bdlRichard O’Neill, lDavid Fulmer (violas); lMichael Nicolas, lJay Campbell, adehFred Sherry (cellos); lDonald Palma, lJeremy McCoy (double basses); fgBridget Kibbey (harp); hjlMike Truesdell, lGordon Gottlieb (percussion); hlStephen Gosling (piano)/hlRyan McAdams.
NMC NMCDVD193 (1 hour 23 minutes). Includes ‘On Carter: Tributes to Elliott Carter’ (12 minutes). English texts included. Website www.nmcrec.co.uk. NTSC. 16.9. DVD 9. Region 0. Dolby Digital Stereo. DVD Producers Fred Sherry, Carol Archer. Date Live performances at 92nd Street Y, New York on December 8th, 2011.

 

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Center New
Instrumental and Chamber Music, Volume 1, Music for Solo Piano.
Piano Sonata. Six Bagatelles, Op. 3. Andante. Sarabande. Air. Pantomime. Larghetto. Sonatine. Hommage. Three Etudes. Impromptu. Three Movements for Piano.
Christopher Guild (piano).
Toccata Classics TOCC0179 (full price, 1 hour 10 minutes). Website www.toccataclassics.com  Producer Michael Ponder. Dates April 26th and 27th, 2013.

 

 

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Donizetti Belisario. New
Joyce El-Khoury (soprano) Antonina; Nicola Alaimo (baritone) Belisario; Russell Thomas (tenor) Alamiro; Camilla Roberts (soprano) Irene; Alastair Miles (bass) Giustiniano;
Julia Sporsén (soprano) Eudora; Peter Hoare (tenor) Eutropio; Michael Bundy (bass-baritone) Ottario; Darren Jeffery (bass-baritone) A Centurion; Edward Price (baritone) Eusebio; BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra/Mark Elder.
Opera Rara ORC49 (full price, two discs, 2 hours 5 minutes). Italian libretto and English translation included. Website www.opera-rara.com Producer Michael Haas. Engineer Neil Pemberton. Date October 2012.

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