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Category Results for: "Orchestral"

 

Mon 16 Oct, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Osmo Vänskä leads his exuberant Minnesota band in a stimulating, superbly played account of Mahler's darkness-to-joyfulness symphony. For readers...

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Fri 13 Oct, 2017:
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D flat major, Op 10; No 3 in C major, Op 26; Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op 34bis

Enviably polished, supremely tasteful accounts of this appealing repertoire, if not quite the whole story. Simon Trpčeski proves a shapely and...

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Wed 11 Oct, 2017:
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Op 35; Violin Concerto No 2, Op 61; Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A major, Op 8

Here’s a value-for-money coupling of three contrasting Polish violin concertos from the first half of the last century in the estimable hands of...

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Tue 03 Oct, 2017:
Bruckner: Symphony No 9 in D minor

Bit of a non-starter this one. Riccardo Muti goes for grandeur, opting for slow, fluid tempos throughout. But the results are leaden, with the music...

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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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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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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 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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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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Wed 23 Aug, 2017:
Haydn: Symphonies – No 8 in G major (Le soir); No 84 in E flat major; Violin Concerto in A major

No worries about the music here, although the Violin Concerto, however enjoyable, isn’t vintage Haydn, but what disconcerts somewhat is the lack of...

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Mon 21 Aug, 2017:
In Schubert's Company: Works by Schubert, Akhunov, Desyatnikov & Tabakova

Violist Maxim Rysanov has here assembled an innovative collection of viola music around the works of Schubert, including modern interpretations by...

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