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Category Results for: "Orchestral"

 

Fri 21 Jul, 2017:
Harrison: Violin Concerto; Grand Duo; Double Music (with John Cage)

Lou Harrison’s Violin Concerto owes something to Alban Berg and much, here, to the remarkable fluency of the PostClassical Ensemble. Required to...

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Thu 20 Jul, 2017:
Prokofiev: Symphonies – No 1 in D major, Op 25 (Classical); No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 131; Lieutenant Kijé, Op 60 (Suite)

Prokofiev is one of the most approachable of the 20th-century composers. His goals included being as clear as possible in expression. He wrote a few...

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Mon 17 Jul, 2017:
Copland: Symphony No 3 (original version); Three Latin American Sketches

A quarter of a century after his Saint Louis Symphony recording on RCA, Leonard Slatkin returns to Copland’s Third Symphony in the company of the...

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Fri 14 Jul, 2017:
Marek: Sinfonia, Op 28; Kletzki: Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 18

Musiques Suisses claim 'first recording' status for the one-movement Sinfonia (1928) by Polish-born Czesław Marek (1891-1986), but in fact that...

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Mon 10 Jul, 2017:
Sibelius: Symphonies – No 1 in E minor, Op 39; No 6, Op 104

The second volume in Thomas Søndergård's Sibelius cycle for Linn with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales brings further compelling evidence of this...

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Thu 06 Jul, 2017:
Schmidt: Symphony No 2 in E flat major; Strauss: Symphonic Interlude from Intermezzo ('Träumerei am Kamin')

Set down at the start of July 2015 in the Grosser Saal of Vienna's Musikverein just a few days before a memorable London performance at the Proms,...

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Mon 03 Jul, 2017:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C major, Op 15; No 5 in E flat major, Op 73 (Emperor)

How do you interpret Allegro con brio in the first movement of No 1? Carl Czerny, presumably with Beethoven’s approval, suggests the metronome...

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Wed 28 Jun, 2017:
Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Lindberg: The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt

Beware Swedish cognac. Over-indulgence took Christian Lindberg into a world of hallucinogenic make-believe, out of which came his delirious clarinet...

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Mon 26 Jun, 2017:
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 2 in C sharp minor, Op 129; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (original version)

You either know, or will find out from the booklet note (quirky if exhaustive), that this is the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto...

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Mon 19 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation); Clarinet Sonata: Andante (orch Widmann, 2016); Widmann: Versuch über die Fuge; Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K546

Just a fortnight ago, I reviewed Antonello Manacorda’s Kammerakademie Potsdam version of the Reformation Symphony (Sony Classical), which unusually...

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Fri 16 Jun, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies – No 4 in F minor, Op 36; No 5 in E minor, Op 64; No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique)

Christian Lindberg says he adheres to Tchaikovsky’s metronome markings. This allows the Fourth and Pathétique symphonies fitting together on the...

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Mon 05 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 3 in A minor, Op 56 (Scottish); No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation)

A superb coupling that harbours a major surprise. Like Yannick Nézet-Séguin on his memorable new complete set of Mendelssohn’s numbered symphonies...

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Thu 01 Jun, 2017:
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35; Adams: Violin Concerto

Listening to Ilya Gringolts and the Copenhagen Phil tackle the spiralling first movement of Adams’s D major Concerto reminds me more than ever of...

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