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20th Century & American Classics: Alarmingly attractive New Music series

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It has to be stressed that the focus of „20th Century Classics“ is not exclusively on the usual upper eschelons of artists. Danish Carl Nielsen, for example, also makes an appearance, as does Dvořàk's son in law Josef suk – names which you may have heard of, but which may not immediately ring a bell of immediate recognition or come without concrete associations. Access to their work has hardly ever been as easy as on this occasion. And even though some of the composers' names may be unfamilar, the cast of conductors and performers certainly isn't: Rattle, Kubelik, Rostropovich, Previn, Karajan, Argerich, Zimmermann, Maazel and others make for a who's who of the classical and contemporary music scene.

The same, of course, goes for „American Classics“. These albums pay hommage to works which have drastically shaped our current musical landscape and managed the seemingly impossible: To establish a dialogue between the so-called worlds of „serious“ and „popular“ music. Entries into the logbook include John Adams, Charles Ives, Phil Glass, Steve Reich, Samuel Barbe as well as Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Also starting with ten volumes, it will be intersting to see this edition develop after it has opened with this league of bigwigs.

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