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Mon 09 Sep, 2019:
Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

Those dominant sevenths in the three opening bars of the Adagio molto introduction to No 1 emerge with a whiplash decisiveness that puts paid to...

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Fri 06 Sep, 2019:
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

Keith Jarrett’s 1987 studio recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was admired for the restraint, simplicity and directness of its execution,...

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Wed 21 Aug, 2019:
The North Wind was a Woman – Chamber works by David Bruce

If David Bruce’s Gumboots (coupled with Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, reviewed 30 June 2016) caught the ear, this collection of intimate and...

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Fri 16 Aug, 2019:
Suk: Asrael, Op 27; Pohádka (Fairy Tale), Op 16

Here is the third and final recording of Suk's masterly Asrael under the baton of the late-lamented Jiří Bĕlohlávek (his second with the Czech...

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Tue 13 Aug, 2019:
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside launch their survey of Schubert’s song cycles with a winning Die schöne Müllerin that bodes more than well for...

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Thu 08 Aug, 2019:
Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite

Is there a more intelligent, musically open-minded violinist at work today than Nicola Benedetti? This latest offering – a concerto and solo suite...

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Thu 01 Aug, 2019:
Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 – C major, K309; A minor, K310; D major, K311; Rondo in A minor, K511

“My concert duly took place yesterday, Wednesday the 22nd….then all of a sudden a magnificent Sonata in C major, out of my head and a Rondo to...

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Mon 29 Jul, 2019:
Rota: The Fellini Album

Deliciously heady and intoxicating, this delectably played compendium of Nino Rota’s scores for Federico Fellini’s era-defining films should...

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Thu 25 Jul, 2019:
Bartók: The Wooden Prince; The Miraculous Mandarin (Suite)

Finely honed orchestral playing and superbly realistic sonics grace this undeniably superior Bartók offering from Helsinki. Composed between 1914 and...

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Mon 22 Jul, 2019:
Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen

Feted on DVD, all but ignored on CD, Johannes Debus’ fresh, fleet and often vibrant account of The Cunning Little Vixen benefits greatly from his...

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Tue 16 Jul, 2019:
Ruders: The Thirteenth Child

Released on disc before its first staging at Santa Fe Opera this summer, and sparked by the Brothers Grimm, Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child is a...

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Mon 08 Jul, 2019:
Mahler: Titan

A Mahler premiere on disc – the second, five-movement, version of what became the First Symphony – is something not to ignore, especially in such...

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Tue 02 Jul, 2019:
Roger Doyle: The Electrification of Night

At 70, Roger Doyle shows little sign of slowing down. An electronic music pioneer, he premiered his first opera in 2017, and this remarkable new...

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Tue 02 Jul, 2019:
Doyle: The Electrification of Night

At 70, Roger Doyle shows little sign of slowing down. An electronic music pioneer, he premiered his first opera in 2017, and this remarkable new...

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