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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Petr FIALA (b.1943) Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1980) [13:57] Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b. 1954) Megiddo per violino, violoncello e pianoforte (2001) [11:33] Petr EBEN (1929-2007) Piano Trio (1986) [19:46] Puella Trio: Terezie Fialová (piano); Eva Karová (violin); Markéta Vrbková (cello) rec. 9-10 January 2009, Josef Dorovsky Hall, Convent of the Brothers of Mercy, Brno. ARCODIVA UP 0114-2 131 [45:28]  [DC]
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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony 3 Marjana Lipovsek (alto solo) Wiener Sängerknaben; Frauenchor des Wiener Singverein, Bavarian State O/Zubin Mehta rec. live, 2004 FARAO CLASSICS S108047 [61:48 + 37:35] [CR]

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH William MATHIAS (1934-1992) Choral Music Jonathan Vaughn (organ) Wells Cathedral Ch/Matthew Owens rec. 2008 HYPERION CDA67740 [75:32] [GPu]

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Symphony 5 Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko rec. live, 2008 RLPO LIVE no catalogue number [43:00] [DJB]

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