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Tue 18 Sep, 2018:
Alice Sara Ott: Nightfall – Debussy: Rêverie; Suite bergamasque; Satie: Gnossiennes Nos 1 & 3; Gymnopédie No 1; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Pavane pour une infante défunte

Atmosphere and mood are key in this collection of piano pieces marking night’s emergence. It’s by no means a new theme and not so long ago would...

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Thu 13 Sep, 2018:
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35; Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Op 33

On the evidence of this very fine pairing from Orchid Classics Seoul-born Jiyoon Lee – a pupil of Kolja Blacher, joint-winner of the 2016 Carl...

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Mon 10 Sep, 2018:
Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 2 – Études dans le genre Fugué, Op 97; Fugue, Op 36 No 12

This second volume in Ivan Ilić’s enterprising championing of the forgotten piano music of Antoine Reicha (1770-1836) is every bit as good as its...

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Thu 30 Aug, 2018:
Robert Gibson: Flux and Fire

This collection of string pieces composed in the decade from 1996 serves as a fine introduction to a composer exquisitely alert to atmosphere and...

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Mon 27 Aug, 2018:
Gál: Piano Trio in E major, Op 18; Variations on a popular Viennese tune, Op 9; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 67

Here's yet another welcome addition to the Hans Gál discography from AVIE Records, this time showcasing his substantial Piano Trio in E major dating...

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Wed 22 Aug, 2018:
Piston: Symphony No 6; Samuel Jones: Symphony No 3, Palo Duro Canyon; Stephen Albert: Symphony No 2

No symphonic tradition has coalesced into a recognisable signature so quickly or securely as that of America in the last century, as evidenced by the...

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Fri 17 Aug, 2018:
Diamond: Symphony No 6; Rounds for String Orchestra; Romeo and Juliet

Composed in the decade from 1944, the three works here – examples of 20th-century American symphonic music at its most acutely lyrical, relaxed and...

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Tue 14 Aug, 2018:
Stenhammar: Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 34; Incidental Music for August Strindberg's 'A Dream Play' (1916): concert version by Hilding Rosenberg (1970)

Here's a first-rate companion SACD to this team's fine BIS anthology (reviewed by Rob Cowan on 7 August 2014) containing Wilhelm Stenhammar's glorious...

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Thu 09 Aug, 2018:
Harbison: Symphony No 4; Ruggles: Sun-Treader; Stucky: Second Concerto for Orchestra

By no means the definitive American symphony, John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony (dating from 2004) is nonetheless a quintessential example. In five...

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Mon 06 Aug, 2018:
McLeod: Out of the Silence; Percussion Concerto; The Shostakovich Connection; Hebridean Dances

Eighty-four this year, John McLeod’s profile continues to rise with a quartet of full-bodied orchestral pieces from Evelyn Glennie and the Royal...

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Thu 02 Aug, 2018:
Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) – complete ballet; Shéhérazade – ouverture de féerie; Le Tombeau de Couperin – Suite d'orchestre

François-Xavier Roth and his remarkable period-instrument band Les Siècles follow up their electrifying account of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé...

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Mon 30 Jul, 2018:
Michel Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres

Setting texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah and dating from the early 1620s, Michel Lambert’s Leçons de Ténèbres are a remarkable exercise in...

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Mon 23 Jul, 2018:
Come to Me in My Dreams: 120 Years of Song from the Royal College of Music

Here’s a disc to attract lovers of English art songs, with 29 examples taken from the archives of London’s Royal College of Music including three...

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