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Thu 21 Jun, 2018:
Haydn: Piano Sonatas – Hoboken 32 in B minor; 40 in G major; 49 in E flat major; 50 in C major

Did Haydn make a mistake in the first movement of No 49? Both halves are written to be repeated, yet the second half takes in the coda which then is...

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Mon 18 Jun, 2018:
Bach: Goldberg Variations

Those familiar with Peter Hill’s accounts of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and French Suites on Delphian will need no encouragement to explore his...

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Fri 15 Jun, 2018:
Seán Mac Erlaine: Music for empty ears

Somewhere in the ether, Scandinavian noir, Irish melancholy, dyspeptic electronics and soulful saxophone have coalesced to create Seán Mac...

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Wed 13 Jun, 2018:
Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas, Volume 1

“Sonatas Volume 1” says Chandos. And 20 of the 555 originally written for harpsichord were first exposed on record by Wanda Landowska in 1935. Two...

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Mon 11 Jun, 2018:
Portrait of a Lady with Harp: Music for Queen Christina of Sweden by Pasquini, Corelli, Arcadelt, Stradella, Alessandro Scarlatti and anonymous

Here’s a fascinating – and discretely enjoyable – compendium of music by composers championed by Sweden’s fabled Queen Christina. Having...

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Fri 08 Jun, 2018:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos – No 2 in B flat major, Op 19; No 4 in G major, Op 58

Lars Vogt’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle concludes with sterling accounts of the Mozart-accented Second and impromptu-infused Fourth, the pianist...

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Wed 06 Jun, 2018:
Perle: Dance Fantasy (1986); Six Bagatelles (1965); Concerto for cello and orchestra (1966); Sinfonietta I (1987); A Short Symphony (1980)

George Perle’s music is American in flavor, deeply influenced by Schoenberg and especially Berg, and at the same time as stylistically individual as...

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Mon 04 Jun, 2018:
Schmitt: Symphony No 2; Suites from Antoine et Cléopâtre

Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) has steadily been emerging out of the shadows cast by his illustrious peers Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. There are...

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Wed 30 May, 2018:
Calen-O – Songs from the North of Ireland by Howard Ferguson, Hamilton Harty, Joan Trimble and Charles Wood

There’s no mistaking Carolyn Dobbin’s committed advocacy in this collection of songs from her native Northern Ireland. With ever-adroit...

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Thu 24 May, 2018:
Reich: Drumming

Percussionist Colin Currie launches his own label with what he describes as “a thrillingly unclassifiable musical colossus”: Steve Reich’s...

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Mon 21 May, 2018:
Brahms: Song of Destiny – Works for choir and orchestra

Being purely personal, if I ever had to choose one work from Brahms’s canon, it would be A German Requiem. That would leave me without Song of...

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Thu 17 May, 2018:
Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

William Christie’s memorable tour of the Bach B minor Mass in 2016 was one of the highlights of the musical year. Now committed to disc, it presents...

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Mon 14 May, 2018:
Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems

It’s always a pleasure to listen to Camille Saint-Saëns’s melodious, well-crafted, innovative and – here – vividly descriptive music, whether...

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Mon 07 May, 2018:
Haydn: The Six String Quartets, Op 64

Prepare for the new, which begins with the first movement of No 2. The tempo mark varies according to edition, either Allegro spiritoso or Allegro...

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