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Mon 29 May, 2017:
Room 29

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker’s debut on the venerable Yellow Label serves up a song-cycle voyeuristically detailing the imagined...

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Fri 26 May, 2017:
Simon O’Connor: What is living and what is dead

You won’t hear anything of Dubliner Simon O’Connor’s punk-band past in this plaintive and brittle, playful and beautiful, ruminative and rich,...

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Wed 24 May, 2017:
Chausson: Concert in D major, Op 21; Franck: Violin Sonata in A major

Alexander Melnikov's choice of an Érard piano from the period lends a distinctively mellow, soft-grained demeanour to this highly accomplished and...

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Mon 22 May, 2017:
Berg: Wozzeck

Arriving hard on the heels of Fabio Luisi’s visually striking Zurich production on Blu-ray (Accentus) this second Wozzeck from Naxos faces stiff...

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Fri 19 May, 2017:
Ives: Symphony No 3 (The Camp Meeting); Symphony No 4; Orchestral Set No 2

Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony complete their cycle of Ives orchestral works in excellent form. The playing is committed, and the SACD...

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Wed 17 May, 2017:
Haydn: The Seasons

What, a 50-bar fugue on just six words “for thy bounty, thanks be given”? Placed at the end of section 6, it is but one example of canny mastery...

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Mon 15 May, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No 3); Symphony No 4 in F minor

This second volume in Andrew Manze's Vaughan Williams symphony cycle for Onyx Classics (Volume 1 was reviewed on 19 May 2016) couples polished...

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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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Mon 08 May, 2017:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C major, Op 15; No 2 in B flat major, Op 19

Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä complete their traversal of the Beethoven piano concertos with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, following previous...

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Fri 05 May, 2017:
Great American Sonatas – Bernstein: Piano Sonata; Copland: Piano Sonata; Harrison: Piano Sonata No 3, Largo Ostinato; Ives: Three-Page Sonata, The Celestial Railroad

If the sonata represents the piano repertoire’s proverbial Everest, Nathan Williamson’s intelligently vivid recital suggests there is more than...

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Thu 04 May, 2017:
Weinberg: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Here is music for those wishing to explore fresh fields without straying too far from familiar musical languages. On these two discs containing all...

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Tue 02 May, 2017:
Nicolai: Die Heimkehr des Verbannten

Otto Nicolai’s reputation rests almost solely on his oft-recorded Die lustigen Weiber (The Merry Wives of Windsor). This belated release of the...

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Sun 30 Apr, 2017:
Perfido! – Concert arias by Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

The theme linking these concert arias is that of treachery, disloyalty and infidelity, reflected in wonderfully stirring music and in this disc's...

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