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Thu 26 Apr, 2018:
Gál: Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op 13; Three Sonatinas for violin and piano, Op 71; Sonatina in F major (1934)

Toccata Classics' third volume devoted to Hans Gál's chamber music launches in propitious style with the substantial Piano Quartet in B flat major...

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Thu 19 Apr, 2018:
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas – No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight); No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Turn to the pensive limpidity of the Hammerklavier’s Adagio or the seething turbulence of the Moonlight’s finale for the measure of the quality of...

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Mon 16 Apr, 2018:
Mozart: Violin Concertos – No 4 in D major, K218; No 5 in A major, K219 (Turkish)

Nikolaj Znaider begins his survey of Mozart’s violin concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra as both soloist and conductor with temperately...

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Thu 12 Apr, 2018:
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas – No 4 in A minor, Op 23; No 5 in F major, Op 24 (Spring); No 7 in C minor, Op 30 No 2

Joseph Kerman believed that for Beethoven, the violin sonata was “never a very solemn form”. But it could be a passionate one, the forthright...

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Mon 09 Apr, 2018:
Passion & Polyphony: Sacred choral music by Frank Martin and James MacMillan

For its debut on disc, the mixed-voice London-based choir Sonoro shrewdly couple Frank Martin and James MacMillan, composers a generation apart who...

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Fri 06 Apr, 2018:
John Jenkins: Complete Four-Part Consort Music

Arguably the greatest, certainly the most elegant, composer of music for viol consort in a veritable golden age for the instrument, John Jenkins...

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Tue 03 Apr, 2018:
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op 112; En Saga, Op 9; Eight Songs (orch Aulis Sallinen)

Sibelius called En Saga a tone poem but never revealed its story, only saying “It has got a down-home feeling. How could one think of anything but...

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Thu 29 Mar, 2018:
A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland – Electro-acoustic music by 13 Irish composers

A companion to 2013’s On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics, the beautifully packaged A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland brings Dublin-based Heresy...

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Mon 26 Mar, 2018:
Tippett: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

Bright-eyed, delectably sprung and commendably lithe readings of these two marvellous works (the first instalment in a welcome new Tippett symphony...

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Mon 26 Mar, 2018:
Tippett: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

Bright-eyed, delectably sprung and commendably lithe readings of these two marvellous works (the first instalment in a welcome new Tippett symphony...

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Mon 12 Mar, 2018:
Elgar: Falstaff, Op 68; Songs, Op 59; Songs, Op 60; Two Movements from Grania and Diarmid; The Wind at Dawn; The Pipes of Pan; Pleading; The King’s Way; Kindly Do Not Smoke

Sir Andrew Davis’s long association with Elgar’s Falstaff bears ripe, thoroughly satisfying fruit here in his third recording of the work (his...

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Mon 05 Mar, 2018:
Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Composed as the monarchy was falling foul of public favour, Purcell’s Welcome Songs for King James II are perfectly poised pieces of royal...

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