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Mon 22 May, 2017:
Berg: Wozzeck

Arriving hard on the heels of Fabio Luisi’s visually striking Zurich production on Blu-ray (Accentus) this second Wozzeck from Naxos faces stiff...

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Fri 19 May, 2017:
Ives: Symphony No 3 (The Camp Meeting); Symphony No 4; Orchestral Set No 2

Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony complete their cycle of Ives orchestral works in excellent form. The playing is committed, and the SACD...

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Wed 17 May, 2017:
Haydn: The Seasons

What, a 50-bar fugue on just six words “for thy bounty, thanks be given”? Placed at the end of section 6, it is but one example of canny mastery...

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Mon 15 May, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No 3); Symphony No 4 in F minor

This second volume in Andrew Manze's Vaughan Williams symphony cycle for Onyx Classics (Volume 1 was reviewed on 19 May 2016) couples polished...

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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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Mon 08 May, 2017:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C major, Op 15; No 2 in B flat major, Op 19

Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä complete their traversal of the Beethoven piano concertos with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, following previous...

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Fri 05 May, 2017:
Great American Sonatas – Bernstein: Piano Sonata; Copland: Piano Sonata; Harrison: Piano Sonata No 3, Largo Ostinato; Ives: Three-Page Sonata, The Celestial Railroad

If the sonata represents the piano repertoire’s proverbial Everest, Nathan Williamson’s intelligently vivid recital suggests there is more than...

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Thu 04 May, 2017:
Weinberg: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Here is music for those wishing to explore fresh fields without straying too far from familiar musical languages. On these two discs containing all...

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Tue 02 May, 2017:
Nicolai: Die Heimkehr des Verbannten

Otto Nicolai’s reputation rests almost solely on his oft-recorded Die lustigen Weiber (The Merry Wives of Windsor). This belated release of the...

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Sun 30 Apr, 2017:
Perfido! – Concert arias by Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

The theme linking these concert arias is that of treachery, disloyalty and infidelity, reflected in wonderfully stirring music and in this disc's...

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Fri 28 Apr, 2017:
Joubert: Jane Eyre

Begun in 1987 and completed a decade later, John Joubert’s Jane Eyre received its belated professional premiere in a concert performance in...

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Wed 26 Apr, 2017:
Franck: Violin Sonata in A major; Fauré: Romance in B flat major, Op 28; Szymanowski: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 9; Romance in D major, Op 23; Notturno e Tarantella, Op 28

César Franck's adorable Violin Sonata comes up as fresh as new paint in this urgently expressive and memorably flexible performance by Tasmin Little...

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Mon 24 Apr, 2017:
Brahms: Ballades, Op 10; Fantasies, Op 116; Theme and Variations, Op 18b

This Brahms anthology from the 30-year-old Russian virtuoso Denis Kozhukhin launches most propitiously with a memorably intuitive account of the Theme...

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