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Mon 25 Sep, 2017:
Martinů: Cello Concerto No 2, H 304; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 2, Op 126

Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto (1966) combines subtle introversion with barely controlled rage and the beauty of this production is in the way...

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Fri 22 Sep, 2017:
Portraits: Works for flute, clarinet & piano by Chris Rogerson, Valerie Coleman, Guillaume Connesson, Rachmaninov, Paul Schoenfield and Philip Hammond

A new trans-Atlantic trio makes its debut with considerable aplomb in a programme that delights, stirs, moves and entertains in equal measure. Anthony...

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Wed 20 Sep, 2017:
Schubert: Symphony No 8 in B minor, D759 (Unfinished) – Reconstructed and completed by Mario Venzago

“No one with even a modicum of common sense will claim that in 1822 Schubert sat down with the deliberate aim of writing an incomplete symphony, but...

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Tue 19 Sep, 2017:
Echoes of Land & Sea: Piano music by Britten, Stevenson, Ireland, Roderick Williams, Leighton and Holst

There are gems aplenty in this sensitively played and wholly absorbing survey of British piano music. Maria Marchant brings both power and delicacy to...

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Mon 18 Sep, 2017:
Dean: Dramatis Personae; Francesconi: Hard Pace

Has anyone done more for the trumpet repertoire in recent decades than Håkan Hardenberger? This latest offering includes two barnstorming pieces...

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Fri 15 Sep, 2017:
Potter: Piano Concertos – No 2 in D minor; No 4 in E major; Variazioni di bravura on a theme by Rossini

Prior to his appointment in 1832 as principal of the Royal Academy of Music, London-born Cipriani Potter (1792-1871) had already amassed a sizeable...

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Wed 13 Sep, 2017:
Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3 in F minor, Op 5; 12 Piano Pieces from Opp 39, 76 and 116-119

The beauty of Nelson Freire’s approach to Brahms, aside from its musical finesse and virtuosity, is in the way it marks a contrast between the...

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Mon 11 Sep, 2017:
Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis; Weisgall: Piano Sonata

Pianophiles will need no recommendation to investigate these rich, resonant and robust performances by Martin Perry of Hugo Weisgall’s Piano Sonata...

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Wed 06 Sep, 2017:
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104; Klid ('Silent Woods'), Op 68 No 5; Bloch: Schelomo

Marc Coppey gives one of the most sensitively shaped, engagingly perceptive accounts of Dvořák's towering Cello Concerto to have come my way in some...

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Mon 04 Sep, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op 58

Volume Two in Semyon Bychkov's 'Tchaikovsky Project' for Decca Classics repeats the success of its predecessor (a superb coupling of the Pathétique...

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Fri 01 Sep, 2017:
Ravel: L'heure espagnole; Chabrier: España

The earlier of Maurice Ravel’s two operas, L’heure espagnole (1908) shares some of the comic spirit of his later one, L’enfant et les...

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Wed 30 Aug, 2017:
Brahms: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D minor, Op 15; No 2 in B flat major, Op 83

A vein of melancholy stalks most of the first movement of No 1. Mark Elder’s pacing is certainly Maestoso, his balancing of instrumental lines very...

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Mon 28 Aug, 2017:
Pfitzner: Die Rose vom Liebesgarten

Here’s a curio. Pfitzner’s Die Rose vom Liebesgarten was already sounding anachronistic when first staged in 1905. A Lohengrin-like,...

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