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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 ...

Marie Cantagrill - Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

French violinist Marie Cantagrill's only concerto recording to date, couples Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the little known Fantasy on Russian Themes by Rimsky-Korsakov, which is a substantial piece lasting 17 minutes on this recording.  The Budapest ...




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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.   


Rise Above

James Stephenson

Andrew Stetson plays trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet in this selection of new American concertos by composers born after 1953, which the MSR Classics recording delivers in real Hi-Fi.    

Price: £12.54

CD No: MS 1664

Label: MSR Classics

Format: CD

John Cage - Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

John Cage

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John Cage's (1912 - 1992) still very Contemporary Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano premiered in 1949.  Inside his prepared piano are screws, nails, rubber and other objects.  Nora Skuta studied this masterwork with John Cage during a visit he made to Slovakia.  Listen to Nora's introduction.  Recorded in SACD Surround Sound.  


Price: £10.54

CD No: HV 0011-2-131


Format: SACD

Jakub Jan Ryba - Missa Solemnis

Jakub Jan Ryba

Jakub Jan Ryba (1765 - 1815) is remembered mainly for his Czech Christmas Mass with its famous tune "Hey Master."  While he spent most of life in provincial Bohemia, he composed for his local musicians  approaching 1500 pieces.  Discover three of them on this Nibiru release - an early Missa solemnis dating from 1788, five arias on religious themes and a simple setting of Salve Regina.  High production values ensure detailed programme notes and the sung texts in English.

Price: £12.54

CD No: 01682231

Label: Nibiru

Format: CD

Latest Podcast & Radio Show

Classic Music Podcast - June 2020

Presented by Laurence Lewis

Running Time: 9.57 mins.

Date posted: 28/05/2020

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Jakub Jan Ryba’s Missa Solemnis is rediscovered on Nibiru by L’Armonia Terrena conducted by Zdenek Klauda.  MSR Classics presents Symphonies by Schumann and Hiller in piano versions and songs by Beethoven and Schumann.  Hevhetia relax with The Cigarette After.

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.