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Wed 05 Apr, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55; Introduction and Allegro, Op 47

Edward Gardner presides over a dashingly articulate, enviably integrated and deeply-felt account of Elgar's mighty A flat major symphony featuring the...

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Thu 09 Mar, 2017:
Beach: Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op 45; Chaminade: Concertstück in C sharp minor, Op 40; Howell: Piano Concerto in D minor

A formidably talented performer as well as gifted composer, Amy Beach was the soloist in the April 1900 Boston world premiere of her expansive and...

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Wed 04 Jan, 2017:
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op 36; In the South (Alassio), Op 50; Carillon, Op 75; Une voix dans le désert, Op 77; Le drapeau belge, Op 79; Pleading, Op 48

In the South swaggers in as it should, but Vivace here isn’t as thrusting as might have been expected. Restraint hints at thoughtfulness; and Martyn...

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Fri 25 Nov, 2016:
Stanford: String Quartets – No 5 in B flat major, Op 104 (In Memoriam Joseph Joachim); No 8 in E minor, Op 167; Joachim: Romance for violin and piano, Op 2 No 1

Amazing to think that music of such palpable quality has suffered neglect for so long. The Fifth of Stanford's eight string quartets strikes me as a...

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Wed 02 Nov, 2016:
MacMillan: Violin Concerto; Symphony No 4

Rarely has a CD of new music engaged me quite as much as this one has, the Violin Concerto (2010) – which melds elements of song and dance –...

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Thu 20 Oct, 2016:
Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op 145a; Schoenberg: Kol Nidrei, Op 39

The first time I heard the orchestral version of Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti was on a 1970s BBC Radio 3 broadcast by...

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Tue 04 Oct, 2016:
Copland: Symphony for Organ and Orchestra; Orchestral Variations; Short Symphony; Symphonic Ode

This darkly ravishing second volume in John Wilson’s welcome Copland survey for Chandos delves into the nooks and crannies of his orchestral work to...

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Tue 20 Sep, 2016:
Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in B minor, Op 3; Schulz-Evler: Russian Rhapsody, Op 14

Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series continues to unearth interesting repertoire and give it premiere recordings. Both works included here were...

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Mon 12 Sep, 2016:
Stojowski: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op 22; Romanze in E flat major, Op 20; Wieniawski: Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opéra Faust de Gounod, Op 20

Polish composers Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) and Zygmunt Stojowski (1869-1946) make a good pairing. Stojowski’s Violin Concerto and Romanze, both...

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Wed 20 Jul, 2016:
Hughes: I Am The Song

Boasting fine contributions by the BBC Singers, this rich survey of Bernard Hughes’s choral music provides a decidedly moreish introduction to the...

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Wed 06 Jul, 2016:
Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op 123

Ever wondered why Beethoven began his Missa solemnis on a weak beat? Is it connected to what J W N Sullivan said in 1927: that the composer “came to...

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Wed 29 Jun, 2016:
Reconnection

Reconnection finds former BBC Young Musician of the Year piano winner Ruth McGinley returning to the fray after a troubled professional period. As...

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