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Tue 25 Jul, 2017:
Pretty Yende: A Journey – Arias by Rossini, Delibes, Bellini, Gounod, and Donzietti

This recital of seven scenes and arias marks a significant milestone in Pretty Yende’s journey from the South African townships to a career on...

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Mon 24 Jul, 2017:
CPE Bach: Complete Works for Keyboard and Violin

Years ago, my older daughter expressed the view that CPE Bach’s music sounds like a busker waiting outside a train station, dreamily meandering...

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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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Wed 19 Jul, 2017:
Dvořák: Stabat Mater, Op 58

Jiří Bělohlávek’s death in May at the age of 71 brought to an end a career dedicated to the championing of Czech music. The inheritor of the...

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Tue 18 Jul, 2017:
Brahms: Cello Sonatas – No 1 in E minor, Op 38; No 2 in F major, Op 99; Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op 102

Uncommonly sensitive and thoughtful music-making from these accomplished performers. Playing on a gut-stringed replica of a 1695 instrument by Matteo...

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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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Thu 13 Jul, 2017:
Schubert: Arias and Overtures

For Schubert and the German music theatre of his time, words were of utmost importance which precluded florid singing. Unfortunately for the composer,...

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Wed 12 Jul, 2017:
Dove: In Damascus; Out of Time; Piano Quintet

Composed from remembered impressions of a peaceful Syria to a war-torn text by native poet Ali Safar, Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’ proves a...

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Tue 11 Jul, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op 37b; Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 37 (Grand Sonata)

My youthful entry point into Tchaikovsky’s ‘Grand Sonata’ was Sviatoslav Richter’s mono Melodiya recording, which to be truthful is, for all...

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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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Fri 07 Jul, 2017:
Jonathan Nangle: Pause

Delve into the title track of Jonathan Nangle’s hypnotic ‘Pause’ and you’ll find the ghost of Charles Ives. Prompted by two bars in the third...

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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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