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Mon 27 Feb, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1 in G minor, Op 13 (Winter Dreams); The Tempest, Op 18

Here's a distinctive take on early Tchaikovsky from Granada-born Pablo Heras-Casado at the helm of his bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Orchestra of St...

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Wed 22 Feb, 2017:
Rust: Keyboard Sonatas – in G minor; in D major (1794); in C major; 12 Variations on 'Blühe liebes Veilchen' (1794)

He was a virtuoso on both violin and keyboards. His teachers were WF Bach, Benda, Martini, Nardini, Pugnani & Tartini. His compositions covered every...

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Tue 21 Feb, 2017:
Englund: Violin Concerto; Klami: Violin Concerto

Both violin concertos play for 28 minutes, and – following fellow-Finn Sibelius’s example – they are real discoveries. That by Einar Englund...

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Mon 20 Feb, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 7

Here's the genuinely promising first instalment in a new Mahler symphony cycle under the cogent and unexaggerated baton of Ádám Fischer (elder...

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Fri 17 Feb, 2017:
Mitologia: Scenes and Arias from Handel Operas

DHM have assembled here a pleasingly varied collection of Handel arias. Track 4 is Semele's forceful – and, to her, fatal – aria 'No, I'll take no...

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Thu 16 Feb, 2017:
Sibelius: In the Stream of Life – Orchestral Songs (orch Rautavaara); Pohjola's Daughter, Op 49; Romance in C major, Op 42; The Oceanides, Op 73

This disc presents the premiere recording of In the Stream of Life, a collection of Sibelius songs orchestrated by Einojuhani Rautavaara in 2013-14....

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Wed 15 Feb, 2017:
Leighton: Complete Organ Works

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) wrote with consummate skill for the organ. His thrillingly communicative 1970 Concerto for the instrument with string...

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Tue 14 Feb, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5; Tallis Fantasia; The Running Set (all arranged for two pianos)

How well do the long lines of the contemplative Fifth Symphony and the ecstatic string-orchestra Tallis Fantasia stand up to two-piano arrangement,...

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Mon 13 Feb, 2017:
Bloch: The Three Suites for solo cello; Dallapiccola: Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio; Ligeti: Sonata for solo cello

Ernest Bloch composed three suites for solo cello in 1956 and 1957 for his most assiduous champion, Zara Nelsova (1918-2002). It is, as Natalie Clein...

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Fri 10 Feb, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Trios élégiaques – No 1 in G minor; No 2 in D minor; Kreisler: Preghiera

Three recordings of Rachmaninov’s sizeable D minor Trio have caught my attention in the last few weeks: the vintage Oistrakh Trio (DG) with pianist...

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Thu 09 Feb, 2017:
Beethoven: Symphonies – No 1 in C major, Op 21; No 4 in B flat major, Op 60

Published five years after Haydn’s last symphony in 1795, Beethoven’s First portends a new era for the form. Kurt Masur’s response to the change...

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Wed 08 Feb, 2017:
Ruders: Symphony No 5

This release is the 10th in Bridge Classics’ ongoing series devoted to Poul Ruders, a valuable project showcasing a distinctive and adventurous...

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Tue 07 Feb, 2017:
Tishchenko: Symphony No 8; Concerto for violin, piano and string orchestra; Three Songs to Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva

The opening of the Concerto (2006) finds the violin appealingly expressive, whereas the piano knocks on the door in a fateful manner; the spectre of...

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