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Mon 23 Oct, 2017:
Mozart: Il sogno di Scipione, K 126

Mozart wrote Il sogno di Scipione, when he was about 16, as a Serenata honouring the Archbishop of Salzburg, who died before he could hear it. Mozart...

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Fri 20 Oct, 2017:
Aldridge: Sister Carrie

If Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein’s second opera lacks the emotional punch of 2007’s Elmer Gantry, it is no less elegantly...

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Wed 18 Oct, 2017:
Schubert: Piano Sonatas – No 20 in A major, D 959; No 21 in B flat major, D 960

Expectations run high for Krystian Zimerman’s first solo recording in many decades, and he doesn’t disappoint. Schubert’s late sonatas allow the...

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Mon 16 Oct, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Osmo Vänskä leads his exuberant Minnesota band in a stimulating, superbly played account of Mahler's darkness-to-joyfulness symphony. For readers...

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Fri 13 Oct, 2017:
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D flat major, Op 10; No 3 in C major, Op 26; Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op 34bis

Enviably polished, supremely tasteful accounts of this appealing repertoire, if not quite the whole story. Simon Trpčeski proves a shapely and...

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Wed 11 Oct, 2017:
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Op 35; Violin Concerto No 2, Op 61; Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A major, Op 8

Here’s a value-for-money coupling of three contrasting Polish violin concertos from the first half of the last century in the estimable hands of...

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Mon 09 Oct, 2017:
Schoenberg: String Quartets – No 2, Op 10; No 4, Op 37

The “catchy little theme” (the sleeve-writer’s phrase) that opens Schoenberg’s Fourth Quartet (1936) always reminds me of Korngold’s Much...

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Wed 04 Oct, 2017:
Franz Xaver Mozart: Polonaises mélancoliques, Opp 17 & 22; Chopin: 3 Polonaises

Mozart’s son, Franz Xaver, and Frédéric Chopin were near-contemporaries, and the idea of pairing their Polonaises was an inspired one, especially...

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Tue 03 Oct, 2017:
Bruckner: Symphony No 9 in D minor

Bit of a non-starter this one. Riccardo Muti goes for grandeur, opting for slow, fluid tempos throughout. But the results are leaden, with the music...

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Mon 02 Oct, 2017:
Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 1 – Harmonie; Grande Sonate; Capriccio; Sonata on a Theme of Mozart; Fantaisie sur un seul accord; Étude, Op 97 No 1

Think you know all there is to know about Antoine Reicha (1770-1836) from his wind music and friendships with Haydn and Beethoven? Think again. This...

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Fri 29 Sep, 2017:
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Pribaoutki; Deux Poèmes de Paul Verlaine

Lovers of Stravinsky’s technicoloured tone poem Le chant du rossignol who are not familiar with the work it emerged from may be surprised by the...

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Thu 28 Sep, 2017:
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Jeux d'eau; Miroirs; Pavane pur une infante défunte; Sonatine

Stewart Goodyear offers an attractive selection of Ravel’s most popular piano works, from the delicate Neoclassicism of the Sonatine to the more...

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Wed 27 Sep, 2017:
Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War and Siege of York – Choral Works by Byrd, Lawes, Hutchinson, Tomkins, Child, Wilson, Jeffreys and Locke

A country divided, politics in turmoil, religious intolerance on the rise… Nearly four centuries after the English Civil War, England seems barely...

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