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There was a Time…Ralph Vaughan Williams - A pictorial journey from the collection of Ursula Vaughan Williams

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ACD071-2 KARLOWICZ Violin Concerto A major Op. 8 "Eternal Songs" symphonic poem Op.10
ACD091 ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) Le Quattro Stagioni TELEMANN Don Quixote - Suite

ACD 073 Strauss Alpine Symphony Warsaw Philharmonic Kazimierz Kord Read this review Buy disc

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Dvorak Slavonic Dances for two Pianos Kristina Krkavcova, Martin Kasik UP 0067-2 131 (CD) New release April 2004
Sylvie Bodorova Juda Maccabeus
Gabriella Benackova (sop), Ales Briscein (ten), Ivan Kusnjer (bar) Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Valek live recording Prague Spring Festival 2002 UP 0065-2 231 (CD) New release Februaury 2004 Review
BENDA Ariadne auf Naxos Jitka Molavcova - Ariadne Alfred Strejcek - Theseus Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchesrta Conductor Jaraslov Krcek UP 0066-2 231 (CD) New Release Jan 2004 Review

New from Redcliffe
RRO20 British String Quartets Vol 3
Frank Bridge: String Quartet No 4; Alan Bush Suite of Six op.81; Henry Purcell Chacony in G minor Bochmann String Quartet


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CARLOS KLEIBER (1930-2004)

View from the Audience Knight Foundation Administers Tough Love to American Symphony Orchestras to Encourage Building of New Audiences

View from the Audience WHAT IS CLASSICAL MUSIC? WHO LISTENS TO IT? Vignettes from the American scene

PERCY YOUNG - 1912-2004 Obituary by Philip Scowcroft

Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893) Faust - an opera in five acts - Faust on record; a look back and into the future

HISTORY OF MUSIC Part 2 Music of the Renaissance and Reformation Periods Dr David C F Wright

Ever wondered if record companies take any notice of technical criticisms of their production standards? Read on ...

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