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Fri 21 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op 123

“I know that God is nearer to me than to other artists; I associate with Him without fear.” Thus spake Beethoven – with certainty. But the Missa...

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Wed 19 Apr, 2017:
Novák: In the Tatra Mountains, Op 26; Eternal Longing, Op 33; Lady Godiva – Overture, Op 41

Striking just how much Vítězslav Novák's 1902 tone-poem In the Tatra Mountains anticipates elements of Richard Strauss's An Alpine Symphony, which...

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Mon 17 Apr, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D minor

The opening horn unison arrests and promises much, Mahler’s Third delivered with the long view typical of Bernard Haitink. He doesn’t...

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Fri 14 Apr, 2017:
Bruch: String Octet in B flat major, Op posth; String Quintets in A minor and E flat major, Opp posth

These three very likeable chamber offerings by Max Bruch (1838-1920) – all written in Berlin towards the very end of his career – receive joyously...

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Thu 13 Apr, 2017:
Scriabin: The Ten Piano Sonatas; Fantasy in B minor, Op 28

Quite a journey from Moscow-born Alexander Scriabin’s First Piano Sonata to the Tenth, composed between 1892 and 1913; he himself is dated...

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Tue 11 Apr, 2017:
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64; Tod und Verklärung, Op 24

If I may express a purely personal preference, these are consistently my two favourite Strauss pieces. Alpine Symphony, first on the disc and afforded...

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Mon 10 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica); Overture – Fidelio, Op 72

From his day to today, debates rage over Beethoven’s metronome markings which he saw as “a welcome means of assuring the performances of my...

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Fri 07 Apr, 2017:
Dvořák: Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95 (From the New World); A Hero's Song, Op 111

It was Gustav Mahler who, in 1898, conducted the world premiere of Dvořák's A Hero's Song. It proved to be the Czech master's orchestral swansong,...

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Wed 05 Apr, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55; Introduction and Allegro, Op 47

Edward Gardner presides over a dashingly articulate, enviably integrated and deeply-felt account of Elgar's mighty A flat major symphony featuring the...

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Mon 03 Apr, 2017:
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)

François-Xavier Roth and his superb period-instrument band Les Siècles give us a thrillingly alive and intoxicatingly atmospheric rendering of...

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Thu 30 Mar, 2017:
Holst: The Planets, Op 32; Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30

Strange how a simple instruction 'Sehr breit' (very broad) with a metronome marking of crotchet=69 should draw from Serge Koussevitzky – the...

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Wed 29 Mar, 2017:
Schubert: String Quartet No 15 in G major, D887; Haydn: String Quartet No 26 in G minor, Op 20 No 3

If there’s one quality that a performance of Schubert’s last quartet can do without it’s charm, and you can take my word for it that for the G...

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Mon 27 Mar, 2017:
Mozart: Mass in C minor, K427 (Great); Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Masaaki Suzuki’s soft-grained period instrument sound is ideal for Bach cantatas, but for Mozart’s large-scale choral music it lacks punch. Suzuki...

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