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Tue 26 Dec, 2017:
Ešenvalds: The Doors of Heaven – The First Tears; Rivers of Light; A Drop in the Ocean; Passion and Resurrection

The young Latvian Ēric Ešenvalds’s profile on disc receives a boost from this richly sung collection of works featuring the Portland State Chamber...

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Fri 15 Dec, 2017:
Scriabin: Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 29; Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op 20

Thrilling orchestral playing from the Oslo Philharmonic under its dynamic Russian chief – gloriously articulate, finely nuanced and keenly...

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Thu 07 Dec, 2017:
Rameau: Pygmalion; Les Fȇtes de Polymnie Suite d’orchestra

A reminder of why Rameau’s Pygmalion should have been so popular in the composer’s lifetime (and why it has remained in the repertoire) comes in...

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Mon 04 Dec, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia antartica; Concerto for two pianos and orchestra; Four Last Songs

The Chandos survey of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies begun in the late 1990s by the late Richard Hickox reaches its conclusion with a fine account of...

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Thu 30 Nov, 2017:
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626

René Jacobs has long been a Mozartian of distinction and his thoughts on this new completion of Mozart’s Requiem fascinate as much as Pierre-Henri...

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Mon 27 Nov, 2017:
Mayr: Stabat mater in F minor; Eja mater in F major; Ave maris stella in G major

Franz Hauk describes, in the liner notes, how he reconstructed this ‘Stabat Mater’ from two partial versions as no complete version remained. Five...

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Mon 20 Nov, 2017:
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto; Serenade in E flat major; Sonatina No 2 in E flat major

Russian oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk already has an impressive discography of Baroque and Classical concertos, to which this Strauss is a welcome...

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Thu 16 Nov, 2017:
Brahms: Piano Trios – No 1 in B major, Op 8; No 2 in C major, Op 87; No 3 in C minor, Op 101

In 1933, Australian pianist William Murdoch described Op 101 as “powerful music, brusque and harsh at times, angular and bad-tempered but mostly...

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Mon 13 Nov, 2017:
James McCarthy: Codebreaker; Will Todd: Ode to a Nightingale

Codebreaker is an exceptional achievement on numerous counts. The very opening vies in its visceral impact with the opening of Vaughan Williams’s A...

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Fri 10 Nov, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major

I thoroughly enjoyed Ádám Fischer's Mahler 7 with his infectiously eager Dusseldorf forces (the first volume in a new symphony cycle, reviewed on 20...

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