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Thu 19 Jul, 2018:
Bach: Violin Concertos – No 1 in A minor, BWV 1041; No 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Partita for Solo Violin No 2, BWV 1004

Seventeen-year-old Swedish virtuoso Daniel Lozakovich makes an accomplished debut on the Yellow Label with intelligently chosen repertoire in...

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Mon 16 Jul, 2018:
Pärt: The Four Symphonies

Gathered together on disc for the first time (and in chronological order), Arvo Pärt’s four symphonies provide a fascinating aside to the ascetic...

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Mon 09 Jul, 2018:
Richard Strauss: Macbeth, Op 23; Don Juan, Op 20; Tod und Verklärung, Op 24; Festmarsch in C major

I've enjoyed my previous encounters on CD with the Staatskapelle Weimar, notably a highly involving live account of the Elgar Violin Concerto for...

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Fri 06 Jul, 2018:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op 20

“The spirit of the whole work is intended to be high and pure joy; there are retrospective passages of sadness”. So said Elgar to the Chairman of...

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Wed 04 Jul, 2018:
Bernstein: Candide (Overture); On the Waterfront – Symphonic Suite; Fancy Free (Three Dance Variations); On the Town (Three Dance Episodes); West Side Story – Symphonic Dances

Exhilaratingly lithe, rhythmically punchy and (above all) powerfully communicative performances of these Bernstein favourites under Christian...

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Mon 02 Jul, 2018:
Schubert: Octet in F major, D 803; Minuets and Trios, Nos 3 & 5, D 89

Commissioned to write a work modelled on Beethoven’s seminal Septet, Schubert opted for a no less iconic Octet (all the more astonishing for being...

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Fri 29 Jun, 2018:
Poulenc: Les Biches – Suite; Les Animaux modèles – Suite; Sinfonietta

The Irish know how to party, as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra demonstrate in this trio of ebullient, animated pieces by Francis Poulenc, the...

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Wed 27 Jun, 2018:
Alfvén: Symphony No 1 in F minor, Op 7; Drapa, Op 27; Midsommarvaka, Op 19

Volume 1 in a new cycle of Hugo Alfvén symphonies from CPO kicks off in propitious fashion with a dashingly eloquent account of the likeable First...

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Mon 25 Jun, 2018:
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music; Oboe Concerto; Flos Campi; Piano Concerto

Peter Oundjian takes his leave of the Toronto Symphony after 14 years with a composer close to his heart, Vaughan Williams. There’s warmth aplenty...

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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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