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Mon 04 Mar, 2019:
Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39; En Saga, Op 9

The start of a Sibelius series from the Gothenburg Symphony under its new 33-year-old chief conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali – and a most auspicious...

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Thu 28 Feb, 2019:
Brahms: Late Piano Music – Eight Klavierstücke, Op 76; Two Rhapsodies, Op 79; Seven Fantasien, Op 116; Three Intermezzi, Op 117; Six Klavierstücke, Op 118; Four Klavierstücke, Op 119

If ‘late’ Brahms means ‘autumnal’ for you, Charles Owens’s intelligent, immaculately played survey may well make you change your mind. Even...

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Mon 25 Feb, 2019:
Schubert: Symphonies, Volume 1 – No 3 in D major; No 5 in B flat major; No 8 in B minor (Unfinished)

In a programme note for the Crystal Palace season 1880-81, Sir George Grove described the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony as having “imagination in its...

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Thu 21 Feb, 2019:
Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 – Sonata No 6 in D major, K284 (Dürnitz); Fantasia No 3 in D minor, K397; Sonata No 17 in B flat major, K570; Sonata No 2 in F major, K280

Immediately apparent in Peter Donohoe’s all too belated engagement with Mozart on disc is a light, liquescent lyricism shot through with moments of...

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Mon 18 Feb, 2019:
Lutosławski: Symphonies – No 1 (1947); No 4 (1992); Jeux vénitiens (1961)

Written between 1941 and 1947, Witold Lutosławski's strongly communicative and impressively concise First Symphony makes quite a splash in this...

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Thu 14 Feb, 2019:
Arlene Sierra: Volume 3, Butterflies Remember a Mountain – Avian Mirrors; Butterflies Remember a Mountain; Counting-Out Rhyme; Of Risk and Memory; Truel

This third volume in Bridge’s invaluable survey of Arlene Sierra hones in on chamber music composed between 1997 and 2013. Cellist Leonard...

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Mon 11 Feb, 2019:
Beethoven: Mass in C major, Op 86; Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b

What did Beethoven mean by the tempo marking ‘Andante con moto assai vivace quasi Allegretto ma non troppo’ at the head of the Kyrie? Mariss...

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Thu 07 Feb, 2019:
Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No 3 (Peace Shall Defeat War); Grazhyna

With a fiercely committed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in tow, Kirill Karabits makes a powerful claim for the Third Symphony (of five) by his fellow...

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Mon 04 Feb, 2019:
Schumann: Papillons, Op 2; Kinderszenen, Op 15; Brahms: 3 Intermezzi, Op 117; 6 Klavierstücke, Op 118

Mentored by the great Denis Matthews (the centenary of whose birth falls this year), Sarah Beth Briggs displays her customary composure, intelligence,...

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Thu 31 Jan, 2019:
Sullivan: The Light of the World

While there is no disguising the Victorian archness of Sullivan’s imposing oratorio The Light of the World, this first account on disc of Robin...

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Mon 28 Jan, 2019:
Bach: Partita No 4 in D major; Italian Concerto; Chaconne from Violin Partita in D minor (arranged for piano by Busoni)

The philosophy of an erstwhile musician re-ignites. For Edwin Fischer (1886-1960) Bach “towered above the centuries, but to interpret his works...

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Thu 24 Jan, 2019:
Clarke: Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata; Scherzo; Serenade; Spring Song; Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folk Song

Runner-up to Ernest Bloch's Suite for viola and piano in a prestigious competition organised by the American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the...

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Thu 24 Jan, 2019:
Clarke: Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata; Scherzo; Serenade; Spring Song; Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folk Song

Runner-up to Ernest Bloch's Suite for viola and piano in a prestigious competition organised by the American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the...

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Mon 21 Jan, 2019:
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale (l’Histoire du soldat), “to be read, played, and danced,” on a libretto by C F Ramuz; English translation by Michael Flanders

Most of us know the miniature masterpiece by its French title, l’Histoire du soldat, and in its 30-minute suite form without the narration. This...

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