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Fri 09 Oct, 2015:
Seiber: Tre pezzi; Dorati: Cello Concerto; Bartók: Viola Concerto (adapted for cello)

Here's a generous and typically imaginative programme from cellist Raphael Wallfisch comprising three rarely heard concertos by Hungarian emigrés in...

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Mon 14 Sep, 2015:
Carte blanche – Chamber and instrumental works by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Ravel, Bartók & Lutosławski (Recorded live at 2007 Verbier Festival)

A set that brought back fond memories of attending the Alpine Verbier Festival back in the 1990s, though nothing that I heard there matched the...

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Thu 30 Jul, 2015:
Bartók: Two Pictures, Op 10 (arr Kocsis); Debussy: Jeux (arr Bavouzet); Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (arranged by the composer for piano four hands)

The best musical transcriptions, like effective translations of literature, approximate brand new works. Such is the case here and given superlative...

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Thu 23 Jul, 2015:
Debussy: Études; Prokofiev: Études, Op 2; Bartók: Études, Op 18

The wonder of this very varied programme is that in Garrick Ohlsson’s hands these 19 Etudes shed their functional aspect (or seem to) and instead...

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Tue 16 Dec, 2014:
Hindemith: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op 11 No 4; Sonatas for Solo Viola, Op 25 No 1 & Op 11 No 5; Trauermusik for Viola and String Orchestra

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), a multi-skilled musician, as composer, conductor and performer. His main instrument was the viola. Three of his expert and...

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Tue 02 Dec, 2014:
Bartók: Kossuth; Two Portraits, Op 5; Suite No 1, Op 3

This must be one of the recordings of the year. In the early symphonic poem Kossuth (which I have never heard better performed) we find the young...

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Tue 25 Nov, 2014:
Ravel: Orchestral Works, Volume 2

Thinking 20th-century ballet masterpieces, two spring to mind that are best known for their respective suites but that are infinitely more effective...

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Mon 29 Sep, 2014:
Bartók: Dance Suite; Copland: Appalachian Spring (Suite); Stravinsky: The Firebird (Suite, 1919 version); Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has a growing catalogue that includes all of the Beethoven symphonies alongside other orchestral standards; this...

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Wed 03 Sep, 2014:
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber; Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges – Suite, Op 33bis; Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Op 19 (Suite)

Mouth-watering and terrific music in good performances, although each one falls short of the very best. Hindemith’s transformation of Weber’s...

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Tue 03 Jun, 2014:
Bartók: Dance Suite; 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs (Four Old Songs); Piano Sonata; 14 Bagatelles; Six Romanian Folk Dances

I’d recently been listening to DG Eloquence’s unmissable reissue of Béla Bartók’s (almost) complete piano music recorded back in the early...

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Thu 24 Apr, 2014:
Kodály: String Quartets – No 1, Op 2; No 2, Op 10; Intermezzo; Gavotte

Kodály's ambitiously large-scale First Quartet is a curate’s egg. Despite a slow movement of real expressive breadth (the emotional heart of the...

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Fri 28 Mar, 2014:
Avi Avital – Between Worlds: Music by Tsintsadze, Bartók, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Falla, Monti, Bloch, Traditional Bulgarian & Welsh, Bat Chaim and Dvořák

The select band of mandolinists who comfortably straddle the worlds of classical and folk can be numbered on the fingers of a three-toed sloth:...

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Wed 05 Mar, 2014:
Bartók: Piano Concerto No 2; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3 in C major, Op 26

Enthusiasts of the slowly-declining Romantic style in the early twentieth century should find much to love in the best-known of Prokofiev's five piano...

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Thu 06 Feb, 2014:
Britten: String Quartets – No 1 in D major, Op 25; No 2 in C major, Op 36; No 3, Op 94

Mid-way through their fourth decade together (and 15 years after their Decca recording of Bartók’s quartets won a Gramophone Award) the Takács...

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