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Alexander Zemlinsky 150th Anniversary Edition

Lyric Symphony · Symphony no. 1 · Sinfonietta · Symphonic Songs · Frühlingsbegräbnis Walzer-Gesänge String Quartet no. 2 Opera Highlights
SCHÄFER · GOERNE · GRUNDHEBER · MATHIS · ZIESAK · LINOS ENSEMBLE · ORCHESTRE DE PARIS · ESCHENBACH · ALBRECHT · MÄLKKI

C7360 PC: 06 (Special Price) UPC: 845221073606

COMPACT DISC 1Lyric Symphony, op. 18
COMPACT DISC 2: Symphony no. 1 in D minor (1892/1893) · Sinfonietta, Op. 23 (1934)
Three Ballet Pieces “Triumph der Zeit” (1903)
COMPACT DISC 3: Symphonic Songs, Op. 20 · Frühlingsbegräbnis · Waldgespräch 
Maiblumen blühten überall · Six Songs, Op. 13 „Maeterlinck-Songs“
COMPACT DISC 4: Walzer-Gesänge, Op. 6 · 5 Gesänge op. 7 (1898/1899) · Zwei Brettl-Lieder (1901) · Es war ein alter König · Six Songs, Op. 13 „Maeterlinck-Songs“ (Chamber Music Version)
COMPACT DISC 5: Piano Trio, Op. 3 · String Quartet no. 2, Op. 15
COMPACT DISC 6: - Opera Highlights –
Es war einmal (Once Upon A Time) · Der Traumgörge · Der Kreidekreis (The Chalk Circle)
Eine Florentinische Tragödie (A Florentine Tragedy) · Der König Kandaules
CHRISTINE SCHÄFER · MATTHIAS GOERNE · PETRA LANG · FRANZ GRUNDHEBER · EDITH MATHIS · RENATE BEHLE · JOSEF PROTSCHKA · EVA JOHANSSON · MONTE PEDERSON · RUTH ZIESAK · ARTIS QUARTET · PACIFIC TRIO · LINOS ENSEMBLE · ORCHESTRE DE PARIS
PHILHARMONISCHES STAATSORCHESTER HAMBURG · ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · THE DANISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH · GERD ALBRECHT · HANS GRAF · SUSANNALKKI

When Zemlinsky died in 1942, there was no telling if or when posthumous recognition of his work would take place. Typical though his reception was for the 20th century – pockmarked by two world wars and Nazi rule, it remains remarkable just how differently Zemlinsky, born on October 14th, 1871, has been judged throughout the last 150 years. He had his works premiered at the Vienna Court Opera by Mahler. He commanded the utmost respect of his pupil and brother-inlaw Arnold Schoenberg. He was celebrated as the director of Prague’s New German Theatre. And yet, still in his lifetime, his work succumbed to political and stylistic changes; he had been persecuted and was forgotten. We’ve sort of come full circle: Zemlinsky is once again considered a great composer whose works don’t have to shy away from comparison with those of his famous contemporaries and whose music gets performed at least occasionally. With this special Anniversary Edition Capriccio revere the huge spectrum of his outstanding musically compositions.


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Alexander Zemlinsky

DER KÖNIG KANDAULES (Opera Complete Recording) · Remastered Edition
JAMES O’NEAL · MONTE PEDERSON · NINA WARREN · PHILHARMONISCHES STAATSORCHESTER HAMBURG GERD ALBRECHT

2CD-Set C5443 PC: 21 (Special Price) UPC: 845221054438

König Kandaules: JAMES O’NEAL
Gyges: MONTE PEDERSON
Nyssia: NINA WARREN
Phedros: KLAUSGER
Syphax: PETER GALLIARD
Nicomedes: MARIUSZ KWIECIEN
Pharnaces: KURT GYSEN
Philebos: SIMON YANG
PHILHARMONISCHES STAATSORCHESTER HAMBURG
GERD ALBRECHT, Dirigent / conductor

When the German troops occupied Austria in 1938, he fled with his wife Louise via Prague to New York, with the short score of Canduales in his luggage. Zemlinsky attached great hopes of producing the piece at the Met but on account of the somewhat delicate bed scene in the 2nd act they dismissed the production. Building a new existence once more remained denied to Zemlinsky. Only half a year after his arrival he suffered a stroke from which he was never fully to recover. For Zemlinsky’s 150th Birthday Anniversary, Capriccio presents a new remastered edition of this legendary first recording from 1996.

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Alexander Zemlinsky

ES WAR EINMAL (ONCE UPON A TIME) · Opera Complete Recording (Remastered Edition)
EVA JOHANSSON · KURT WESTI · PER ARNE WAHLGREN · THE DANISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · HANS GRAF

2CD-Set · C5440 PC: 21 (Special Price) UPC: 845221054407

A Fairy-tale Opera in a Prologue and three Acts

Text: Maximilian Singer nach / after: Holger Drachmann „Der var engang“
Prinzessin / Princess: EVA JOHANSSON
Prinz / Prince: KURT WESTI
Kaspar: PER ARNE WAHLGREN
König / King: AAGE HAUGLAND
Ein Freier / A Suitor: OLE HEDEGAARD
Ein Schweizer / A Commissionaire: GUIDO PAEVATALU
Kommandant / Commander – 
Herold / Herald: CHRISTIAN CHRISTIANSEN
Erste Hofdame / First Lady In Waiting: SUSSE LILLESOE
THE DANISH NATIONAL RADIO CHORUS
(Choreinstudierung / Chorus Master: Kaare Hansen)
THE DANISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
HANS GRAFDirigent / conductor

 
By the 1890's Zemlinsky had already acquired a reputation as a promising young composer and pianist. In October 1897 Gustav Mahler had become director of the Vienna Hofoper and was determined to do what he could to help Zemlinsky. With characteristic energy Mahler worked his way through the opera with Zemlinsky, advising on and making changes in the music and the libretto. The resulting score provides a fascinating and little-explored document for both Zemlinsky and Mahler studies. Es war einmal received its first performance under Mahler on the 22 January 1900. For the Zemlinsky 150th Birthday Anniversary, Capriccio presents a new remastered edition of this legendary first recording from 1987. 

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JOSEF LABOR (1842-1924)

Cello Sonata no. 1 Op. 7 · Theme and variations for horn Op. 10 · Violin Sonata no. 1 Op. 5
Nina Karmon · Floris Mijnders · Přemysl Vojta · Oliver Triendl

C5430 PC: 21 UPC: 845221054308

The positive response to Capriccio’s first recording of his Piano Quartet and Piano Quintet (C5390) has enabled this series to be continued now with three works representative of Labor's oeuvre from the early 1890s. In Vienna, Labor was part of Johannes Brahms’s close circle of friends. Brahms particularly valued his composer colleagues who went their own way without copying him. Labor’s music is very skillfully composed, always sensuous, and first and foremost melodious; it does not require a too complete concentration on itself. A total of around eighty compositions have survived. Among them are practically no occasional works, which is connected to the fact that he was blind: for him composition was a luxury, insofar as he had to rely on the help of a scribe who had to commit the work to paper.

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CHARLES STANFORD

Piano Quintet Op. 25 · Fantasy for horn · Fantasy No. 2 for clarinet
MEMBERS OF THE RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN

C5381 PC: 21 UPC: 845221053813

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Quintet in D minor, Op. 25 
for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello
Fantasy in A minor for horn, 2 violins, viola and cello
Fantasy No. 2 in F major for clarinet, 2 violins, viola and cello
MEMBERS OF THE
RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN
NIKOLAUS RESAKlavier / Piano (1-4) · DÁNIEL EMBERHorn / horn (5)
CHRISTOPH KORNKlarinette / clarinet (6)
ANNE FELTZVioline / violin I · BRIGITTE DRAGANOVVioline / violin II
ALEJANDRO REGUEIRA CAUMEL, Viola · GEORG BOGEVioloncello / cello
Nowadays William Stanford’s fame is largely based on his teaching activities in London while his reputation as a “great composer” has waned considerably. The list of his students reads like a veritable Who’s-Who of British music of the 19th and 20th century. Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Bliss, Frank Bridge and several more were taught by Stanford. His œuvre covered a wide variety of sacred and secular music and his works carry within them elements of Irish folklore and mysticism. His many chamber works have a definite air of Brahms about them… never by way of direct quote or paraphrase, but by making Brahms’ style his own.

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Walter Braunfels

Don Gil - Prelude · Divertimento for Radio Orchestra · Ariel's Song · Serenade
ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · GREGOR BÜHL

C5429 PC: 21 UPC: 845221054292

„Allmählich beginnen sich manche Leute zu erinnern, daß ich – als Nachfahre einer tonalen Zeit – auch heute noch lebe und schaffe.“ Walter Braunfels, 1946. Walter Braunfels zählt zu den Komponisten deren Musik zweimal starb. Einmal als die Nationalsozialisten seine Kunst als „Entartet“ deklarierten und nochmals als der „aesthetische Paradigmenwechsel“ (Udo Zimmermann) nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg die zeitgenössische tonale Musik an den Rand drängte. Die vorliegende, bereits 9. Veröffentlichung der Capriccio Braunfels Edition zeigt uns einen neuen Musikströmungen aufgeschlossenen Komponisten, welcher 1929 in seinem Divertimento für Radio-Orchester auch mit Jazz experimentierte.

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ERWIN SCHULHOFF

FLAMMEN
RAYMOND VERY · IRIS VERMILLION · STEPHANIE FRIEDE · ARNOLD SCHOENBERG CHOR · ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · BERTRAND DE BILLY

2CD · C5382 PC: 22 UPC: 845221053820


Musical Tragicomedy in 2 Acts with 10 Scenes WV 93 (1928-32)
Libretto von / by: Max Brod · Nach / after: Karel Josef Beneš 
Don Juan RAYMOND VERY
La Morte IRIS VERMILLION
Eine Frau / Eine Nonne / Margarethe / Donna Anna STEPHANIE FRIEDE
1. Frauenschatten GABRIELA BONE
2. Frauenschatten NINA BERNSTEINER
3. Frauenschatten ANNA PESHES
4. Frauenschatten CHRISTA RATZENBÖCK
5. Frauenschatten HERMINE HASELBÖCK
 6. Frauenschatten ELISABETH WOLFBAUER
Der Komthur Salvador FERNÁNDEZ-CASTRO
Pulcinella KARL-MICHAEL EBNER
Pantalone ANDREAS JANKOWITSCH
Harlekin MARKUS RAAB
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG CHOR
(Einstudierung / Chorus Master: Erwin Ortner)
Jazzband: Mitglieder des Orchesters der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien

ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · BERTRAND DE BILLY


In the 1920s and 1930s, there was a multi-faceted musical scene in culturally flourishing Czechoslovakia. When we take a look at the works by e.g. Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein, Hans Krása, Viktor Ullmann or Erwin Schulhoff, we can perceive a stylistically very similar course, conceivable against the given background as a ‘Prague School’ (as a counter-movement to the ‘Viennese School’). In Schulhoff’s early works, the features are a late Romantic approach influenced by Reger that later developed with an emphasis on rhythm in the direction of Expressionism and Neo-Classicism, also including jazz elements. The starting point is the ‘Don Juan’ story, but the underlying idea in Beneš’ and Schulhoff’s work is not to present the colourful seducer, but the fate of a man driven by his desires and needs who cannot even remotely find happiness and peace in constancy. In his opera, Schulhoff brilliantly manages to find a different dramaturgical approach, on the one hand, and at the same time to pay a kind of alienated homage to Mozart’s work, on the other.


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PANCHO VLADIGEROV EDITION: Orchestral Works 2

Bulgarian Rhapsody "Varda" · Bulgarian Suite · Four Romanian Dances...
BULGARIAN NATIONAL RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · ALEXANDER VLADIGEROV

2CD-Set · C8053 PC: 21 UPC: 845221080536

COMPACT DISC
1  Bulgarian Rhapsody "Varda", Op. 16 (1928)                                    
[2] – [8] Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances, Op. 23
[9] Rachenitsa, Op. 18
[10] – [13] Bulgarian Suite, Op. 21
 
COMPACT DISC
1 – [4] Four Romanian Symphonic Dances, op. 38
[5] – [6]  Two Romanian Symphonic Sketches, op. 39                                  
[7] Balkan Dance, op. 46                                                                       
[8] – [11] Four Waltzes for Orchestra                                                             
[12] Danza primordiale op. 53                                                                       
[13]  Foxtrott
[14]  Hora Staccato (o.op)
[15]  Bonus-Track: Pancho Vladigerov Interview


In Bulgaria, both folk and art music evince an ancient tradition that strikes awe even in some of the great music nations today. The way Pancho Vladigerov incorporated these folk-music themes into his concert pieces shows not only his affinity for them but also suggests that he felt something of a calling to promulgate and champion the folk-traditions of his central European homeland. The most-performed work of Pancho Vladigerov’s is undoubtedly his Bulgarian Rhapsody op.16 “Vardar” from 1922. The most outstanding must be his Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances op.23 (1931), with which he might have wanted to create a counterpart to Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, or Grieg’s Norwegian Dances or similar such popular aural nationalistic postcards.

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ANTON SCHWEITZER

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST (1776) · CANTATA · MISSA BREVIS IN C MAJOR (1780)
Thüringer Bach Collegium · Gernot Süßmuth

2CD-Set · C5425 PC: 22 UPC 845221054254

Only few testimonies provide us any details about this now little known but once esteemed composer. Born in Coburg, 1735, Anton Schweitzer died 1787 in Gotha, where he had settled following the Weimar palace fire in 1774. Regrettably, only relatively few manuscripts have survived. Some of the works recorded here (which comprise almost the entire existing church music) have been preserved in several copies, which were recently found in different archives  in Thuringia. This recording shows us a colorful virtuoso music of an unjustly forgotten composer.  

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CH. GRAUPNER

EASTER CANTATAS (World Premiere Recording)
Hübner · Johannes Hill · Jan Jerlitschka · capella vocalis Boys’ Choir · PULCHRA MUSICA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA · CHRISTIAN BONATH

C5411 PC: 21 UPC: 845221054117



Die Furcht des Gerechten
Kantate zum Gründonnerstag, GWV 1126/33 (1733) / Cantata for Holy Thursday

Eröffnet euch ihr Augenquellen
Kantate zum Karfreitag, GWV 1127/25 (1725) / Cantata for Holy Friday

Der Sieg ist da
Kantate zum 1. Ostertag, GWV 1128/43 (1743) / Cantata for the 1st Day of Easter

Ihr werdet traurig sein
Kantate zum 2. Ostertag, GWV 1129/19 (1719) / Cantata for the 2nd Day of Easter

In 1711 Graupner was already appointed court conductor and he would continue to work in Darmstadt for the rest of his life. Graupner’s focus shifted to sacred vocal music, which explains the sheer abundance of the 1,400-plus cantatas he composed. In 1723 the Leipzig city magistrates were looking for a new cantor at the Thomas School – and wanted him, above all. Alas, Graupner’s patron did not release him from his contract an so they had to hire Bach. Graupner, famous and widely celebrated during his lifetime, was soon thereafter forgotten. As we rediscover and hear more and more of his works, however, the judgement of his contemporaries would appear to us as increasingly germane. The present recording spans the liturgical arc from Maundy Thursday via Good Friday and Easter Sunday to Easter Monday and presents one liturgical work for each of the festive days – and each of them a world premiere recording!

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BENNO AMMANN

MISSA DEFENSOR PACIS ad 6–12 voces inaequales in honorem Sancti Nicolai Helvetii Eremitae (1946)
BASLER MADRIGALISTEN · RAPHAEL IMMOOS

C5415 PC: 21 UPC: 845221054155

Benno Ammann’s oeuvre reveals influences from impressionism to free tonality, yet he belongs to no stylistic school. The Swiss composer wrote Missa Defensor Pacis (‘Defender of the Faith’) in 1946 for the official canonisation, at St Peter’s in Rome, of Nicholas of Flüe, patron saint of Switzerland. This prestigious commission, with its complex polyphony, countless variations, and use of the cantus firmus technique, is one of the most important and extensive Masses by a Swiss composer for a cappella choir. 

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KARLSRUHER SCHULE

WOLFGANG RIHM · EUGEN WERNER VELTE · JÖRG WIDMANN · REBECCA SAUNDERS · JOACHIM KREBS
with: Reinhold Friedrich · Frank Dupree · Benedict Kloeckner · Sontraud Speidel · Martin Ostertag · Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken

3CD-Set · C7367 PC: 23 UPC: 845221073675

The composers and educators Eugen Werner Velte and Wolfgang Rihm as well as alumni whose music is presented here demonstrate the characteristics of a school. The main function of an institution such as the University of Music Karlsruhe is first and foremost as a site for studies and second, a place for individual composition and pedagogic work. The Karlsruhe School is in no way a forced stylistic unit stubbornly passed along simultaneously as a solidified traditional framework. For 50 years, the University of Music Karlsruhe has radiated as a living,
recreative phenomenon of this artistic freedom, extending far into a shared future. In the music of alumni taught by Wolfgang Rihm, ideals of musical freedom and openness continue to resound in concrete form. Jörg Widmann, Rebecca Saunders and Markus Hechtle, among others, contribute to the further development of the unique Karlsruhe School at their professional homes.

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GEORGI CATOIRE

(1861-1926) Piano Concerto in A flat major, Op. 21 · Piano Quintet, Op. 28 · Piano Quartet, Op. 31
Oliver Triendl · Vogler Quartett · Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin · Roland Kluttig

C5403 PC: 21 UPC: 845221054032

“Now I have come across someone who really has a great creative talent.” (Peter Tchaikovsky)


Although the originality of his musical language paved the way for Russian modernism, Catoire's work still followed the artistic ideals of Russia and not the new culture of the Soviet Republic. His work is highly expressive and of enormous polyphonic density, greatest expressiveness, fine colors, rhythmic and harmonious scope. Catoire's music was almost never performed and his name remained almost unknown also to expert circles. He left behind 36 works including some symphonic pieces, a piano concerto, chamber music, songs and piano cycles. This music was written in the “fin de siecle”, with its shine and nobility, but also with its fragility.

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HANS ROTT - Orchestral Works Vol. 2

Symphony No.1 in E major · Symphony for strings · Symphonic Movement
GÜRZENICH ORCHESTER KÖLN · CHRISTOPHER WARD,

C5414 PC: 21 UPC: 845221054148

‘Yes, he is so related to my very self that he and I are like two fruits from the same tree, produced by the same soil and fed by the same air.’ (Gustav Mahler)


The premiere of the Symphony No. 1 in E major by Hans Rott, written more than 100 years earlier, in 1989 introduced the international music world to a composer who had been unknown or known only by name even to most pundits. His colleagues and friends included the one or two-year younger composers Gustav Mahler and Hugo Wolf. Besides Wagner, Bruckner was the most important model for Rott’s first symphonic work. The symphony is the summum opus the not quite twenty-year-old left behind. It is his first and final finished major work. It is the synthesis of what he had written to date and a proclamation of what might have come.

 

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HANNS EISLER - Deutsche Sinfonie, Op. 50

TARGLER · FAHLBUSCH-WALD · EBBECKE · ŠTAJNC · WIENER JEUNESSE CHOR
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra · Günther Theuring

C5428 PC: 21 UPC: 845221054285

Of particular importance to Eisler was the principle of synthesis, working with a variety of musical aesthetics, and merging them to an autonomous whole… albeit always with an eye to also wanting to “change the world” with his music. The October Revolution of 1917 and the assumption of power by the Bolsheviks in Russia shaped young Hanns Eisler already for the rest of his life. Later on, in the 1930s after all, there was no topic that preoccupied him more, during the years of exile, than the sustained protest against National Socialism. Eisler wanted to make a musical stance against Fascism with his Opus 50; he wanted to show – together with his collaborating librettist Brecht – that there was not just a Germany Nazis but another, better Germany… driven into Exile or interned in concentration camps. The Deutsche Sinfonie is arguably Eisler's most important composition; she is unique in its ingenious combination of symphony, cantata, and oratorio.

 

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Pancho Vladigerov Edition: String Concertos

Violin Concertos 1 & 2 · Bulgarian Paraphrases, Op. 18 · Concert Fantasy, Op. 35 · Burlesque, Op. 14
Badev · Schneidermann · Nikolov · BULGARIAN NATIONAL RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · ALEXANDER VLADIGEROV

2CD-Set · C8064 PC: 21 UPC: 845221080642

From the diversity of Bulgarian musical culture Pancho Vladigerov stands out as undoubtedly the most important composer for the musical self-conception of modern Bulgaria. Apart from the piano, which was Pancho Vladigerov’s primary, expertly mastered instrument (see Capriccio CD C8060 – The Piano Concertos), the violin was second nearest and dearest to him. Undoubtedly the most popular and most often performed composition of Vladigerov’s is his Bulgarian Rhapsody op.16 “Vardar” (1922) – presented here, for violin solo and orchestra. It appears to genuinely tap into the character of Bulgarian life and absolutely nails a specific aspect of the entire country’s culture.


These recordings, produced in the 1970s in Bulgaria, comprise Capriccio's 18-disc Vladigerov Edition that will preserve this colourful music for future generations. Conductor Alexander Vladigerov is the son of Pancho Vladigerov.

 

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Grigori Frid

Phädra (1985) · Piano Quintet, Op. 72 (1981)
ELISAVETA BLUMINA · VOGLER QUARTETT

C5389 PC: 21 UPC: 845221053899

His monodrama The Diary of Anne Frank (1968) put Grigori Frid on the musical map, beyond the borders of Soviet Russia. Frid was born in the Petrograd (St. Petersburg) of 1915 and had to witness early on how his family fell victim to the seemingly indiscriminate (and in fact deliberately arbitrary) rounds of suppression, arrest, and deportation of the Stalin Regime. His music stands in the aesthetic realm of Dmitri Shostakovich on the one hand, and that of his younger contemporaries Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Alfred Schnittke on the other. His works finds itself influenced by the great Russian tradition but yearning to find new, modern ways – more in line with international trends in music – of expressing itself.

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