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From the Chicago Tribune, here is a sampling of noteworthy new classical recordings set for release this Fall. Crossover Media titles from the list include:

Decca
Berg: "Lyric Suite" (September): Diva Renee Fleming collaborates with the Emerson String Quartet in Alban Berg's coded outpouring of passon to his married lover..

Rachmaninov, Chopin: Cello Sonatas (September): Longtime musical partners Alisa Weilerstein, cello, and Inon Barnatan, piano, explore staples of the cello chamber repertory.

Puccini: "Turandot" (September): Tenor Andrea Bocelli's Calaf woos soprano Jennifer Wilson's ice princess in a new recording of Puccini's unfinished opera. Zubin Mehta conducts.

Deutsche Grammophon
Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (September): Pianist Daniel Barenboim is joined by conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Staatskapelle Berlin for the pianist's third recorded cycle of these German Romantic masterpieces.

Faure and Strauss: Violin Sonatas (September): Violinist Itzhak Perlman's first new recording in 16 years unites him with pianist Emanuel Ax.

"Rachmaninov Variations" (September): Russian virtuoso Daniil Trifonov pays homage to his idol Sergei Rachmaninov with three sets of the composer's piano variations, including "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" (with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra).

ECM New Series
"Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano" (September): This three-CD set is the result of pianist Anthony de Mare's having commissioned 36 composers (representing genres from classical to jazz) to create original fantasias on songs by Stephen Sondheim.

Part: "Musica Selecta" (September): The double album honors the great Estonian composer Arvo Part's 80th birthday with a compendium of ECM recordings of nearly 20 Part works, as chosen by label founder-producer Manfred Eicher.

Sony Masterworks
"Nessun dorma: The Puccini Album" (September): German superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings favorite Puccini arias.

"Four Hands" (September): The veteran pianist Leon Fleisher is joined by pianist Katherine Jacobson (Mrs. Fleisher) for keyboard duets by Brahms, Schubert, Ravel and Bolcom.

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