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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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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 27 Jan, 2017:
Schumann: Papillons, Op 2; Davidsbündlertänze, Op 6; Carnaval, Op 9

Listen to Adelina de Lara (1872-1961), a pupil of Clara Schumann, speaking and interpreting Robert’s music as taught by Clara. Then switch to...

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Fri 13 Jan, 2017:
Bach: The Six French Suites

For his debut on the Yellow Label after more than four decades with Sony, Murray Perahia returns brilliantly to Bach. Composed between 1722 and 1725...

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Tue 27 Dec, 2016:
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas – No 27 in E minor, Op 90; No 28 in A major, Op 101; No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Here are performances of three late Beethoven piano sonatas that can take their place among the very best in a crowded catalogue. Setting out his...

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Mon 12 Dec, 2016:
Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas; Vers la flamme, Op 72

Peter Donohoe came late to Scriabin, the composer wholly absent from his repertoire during his first 40 years at the piano. This rich, varied and...

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Thu 08 Dec, 2016:
Liszt: Transcendental – Études d'éxécution transcendante, S 139; Two Concert Etudes, S 145; Three Concert Etudes, S 144; Grandes études de Paganini, S 141

This set's title, “Transcendental”, also describes Daniil Trifonov’s technique to a nicety. But rising above pianism of precision and torrential...

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Tue 29 Nov, 2016:
Bartók: Sonata for solo violin; Kurtág: Signs, Games & Messages

György Kurtág (who turned 90 this year) has a knack of compelling the listener even with a rudimentary and repeated phrase and equally of creating...

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Mon 21 Nov, 2016:
Schubert: Impromptus, D 899; Moments musicaux, D 780; Six German Dances, D 820

Now this is what I like to hear: vivid declamation of material that I’ve known and loved for years, but which in the hands of a pianist – no, a...

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Tue 01 Nov, 2016:
Chopin: 24 Mazurkas

Andrew Achenbach enthusiastically greeted Pavel Kolesnikov’s playing of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons (reviewed 23 January 2015). The 26-year-old's...

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Fri 14 Oct, 2016:
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Mahan Esfahani brings a freshness and vitality to the oft-recorded Goldberg Variations that surprise and delight in equal measure. On a modern,...

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