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Czech Music Direct is your source of music from Eastern Europe and beyond.  Our Czech, Slovak and Bulgarian labels, Arta, Nibiru, Artesmon, Hevhetia, Hev-Het Tune, Pavlik Records, Gega New and others feature the earliest of notated music, through to cutting edge contemporary sounds in Classical, Jazz, World Music, Elektronika and more.  Our American label  MSR Classics,  features British pianist James Brawn’s Odyssey through all Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, and highlights the work of American composers and ...

Summerland - Music for Cello and Piano by Composers of African Descent

Cellist Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun and pianist Phoenix Park-Kim are collectively, Duo Dolce.  William Grant Still (1895 - 1978) is by far the most familiar composer of African descent in this selection, which traverses composers born in ...




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MSR Classics,  present British pianist James Brawn’s Odyssey through all Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, which he is recording in Potton Hall, Suffolk, England.  Newly released Volume 6 features rarely heard Sonata 4, in E-flat Major, Sonata 11 in B-flat Major and Sonata 12 in A-flat Major.   


Rebecca Clarke - I'll Bid My Heart Be Still

Rebecca Clarke

First Eastern European recording of music by British composer Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979).  Her early career began as an orchestral  violist, it was only when she went to America that Rebecca Clarke became a recognised soloist and composer.  Her Sonata of 1919 is her most famous work, taken up by her viola legend teacher Lionel Tertis (1876 - 1975).  

Price: £12.54

CD No: PA 0171-2-131

Label: Pavlik Records

Format: CD

Short Sketches

Adam Lemanczyk

Szymon Lukowski leads his quartet on saxophone and bass clarinet, with Adam Lemanczyk, piano and keyboard, Wojtek Pulcyn, bass and Sebastian Frankiewicz, percussion.  All seven tracks are originals by members of the quartet.  There are lots of solos, each number going off in several - and unexpected - musical directions.  These maybe Short Sketches, but they are big on ideas.

Price: £10.54

CD No: HV 0197-2-331


Format: CD

Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 4 in D Minor

Antonin Dvorak

Conductor Marek Stryncl and his period instrument orchestra, Musica Florea, continue their ground-breaking Dvorak series with Symphony No. 4.  An early work full of great charm and simplicity, dating from 1874, which has suffered from an almost total neglect.  It is preceded by Dvorak's striking overture, My Homeland.

Price: £12.54

CD No: F10235

Label: Arta

Format: CD

Latest Podcast & Radio Show

Classic Music Podcast - August 2020

Presented by Laurence Lewis

Running Time: 9.10 mins

Date posted: 28/07/2020

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August finds music for solo cello played by Benjamin Whitcomb on MSR Classics, while Czech label Arta presents Marian Motets for instrumentalists and choir, with Capella Ornamentata and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 4 played on period instruments by Musica Florea conducted by Marek Stryncl.

Czech Music Radio Show - Klezmer in Kosice

Presented by Laurence Lewis

Running Time: 24.51 mins

Date posted: 14/10/2019

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In July 2018, Slovakian record label Hevhetia’s JazzBus showcased many of their artists live in gigs at an arts complex in Kosice. On the way the – imaginary – JazzBus stopped at some fringe events, including a Klezmer concert in one of Kosice’s largest synagogues – alas a pale shadow of what it once was. Here’s our complete recording of that concert, presented by Laurence Lewis. Playing Time: 24.51mins.