Lera AUERBACH (b. 1973) Arcanum Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) 24 Preludes - Lera Auerbach (piano) Kim Kashkashian (viola) rec. 2013 ECM [SA] Auerbach's transcrtiptions are a valuable addition to the viola repertoire,
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Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Slavonic Dances -
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Bernhard MOLIQUE (1802-1869) String Quartets -
Mannheim String Qt rec. 2009
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Bedřich SMETANA (1824-1884) Má vlast - Hradec Králove PO/Marek Štilec rec. 2015 ARCO DIVA [CC] This will not replace the cornerstone performances of
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Quartet Choreography: The Soundtrack Kreutzer Qt rec. 2007/8 METIER [JF] For listeners who enjoy ‘modernist’ music this is an essential purchase; for those who wish to approach this style it is an ideal introduction.
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