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Thu 20 Jul, 2017:
Prokofiev: Symphonies – No 1 in D major, Op 25 (Classical); No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 131; Lieutenant Kijé, Op 60 (Suite)

Prokofiev is one of the most approachable of the 20th-century composers. His goals included being as clear as possible in expression. He wrote a few...

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Mon 26 Jun, 2017:
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 2 in C sharp minor, Op 129; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (original version)

You either know, or will find out from the booklet note (quirky if exhaustive), that this is the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto...

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Mon 19 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation); Clarinet Sonata: Andante (orch Widmann, 2016); Widmann: Versuch über die Fuge; Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K546

Just a fortnight ago, I reviewed Antonello Manacorda’s Kammerakademie Potsdam version of the Reformation Symphony (Sony Classical), which unusually...

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Fri 09 Jun, 2017:
Bartók: The Six String Quartets

I’d call this a radical re-think of the Bartók quartet cycle, as different to the taut, rhythmically propulsive Americans (Juilliards, Emersons,...

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Fri 24 Mar, 2017:
Mayr: Telemaco

The goddess Calipso, spurned by Ulysses, determines to avenge herself on his son Telemaco who is shipwrecked on her island. She desires his love or...

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Tue 21 Mar, 2017:
Hungarian Treasures – Bartók: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op 20; Dohnányi: Piano Quartet in F sharp minor; Kodály: Intermezzo for string trio

Bartók’s C minor Piano Quartet shouldn’t be confused with his rather better-known C major Piano Quintet of roughly five years later. The work, as...

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Mon 13 Mar, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2

Here's a memorable companion release to this team's stimulating take on Elgar's First Symphony (reviewed by Ivor Solomons on 16 March 2015). Drawing...

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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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Fri 13 Jan, 2017:
Bach: The Six French Suites

For his debut on the Yellow Label after more than four decades with Sony, Murray Perahia returns brilliantly to Bach. Composed between 1722 and 1725...

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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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Fri 04 Nov, 2016:
Berlioz: Symphonie fanstastique, Op 14; Rameau: Suite de Hippolyte et Aricie

Back in 1733, Rameau turned tables with Hippolyte et Aricie. Today it may also be radical to hear it played on modern instruments, as here. But...

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Mon 31 Oct, 2016:
Celtic Airs

There is a uniquely plangent beauty to Irish traditional music, its exquisite lyricism often masking a poignant melancholy that recalls Sheridan’s...

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Tue 18 Oct, 2016:
Wine Dark Sea – Dan Welcher: Spumante; Donald Grantham: J'ai été au bal; Frank Ticheli: Concerto for Clarinet; John Mackey: Wine Dark Sea (Symphony for Band)

Seventy minutes of wind-band music includes the album’s title piece, Wine-Dark Sea (the hyphen appears only within the booklet) by John Mackey, a...

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