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Thu 05 Nov, 2015:
Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in E major, Op 59; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16

This is, I think, a rather special disc. Completed in 1898, the Piano Concerto in E major by Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925) is cast in four movements,...

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Tue 08 Sep, 2015:
Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast – Complete Incidental Music; Overture in E major; Scène de Ballet; The Language of the Birds (Wedding March); Cortège; Menuetto; Processional, Op 113 No 6

There's a useful question or two to ask the prospective purchaser of discs like this. Firstly: do you like anything by the composer? I'll assume the...

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Fri 04 Sep, 2015:
Insomnia – Works by Britten, Buck/Mills/Stipe, Couperin (arr Adès), Dean, Gurney (arr Farrington), Lennon/McCartney (arr Farrington) and Ligeti

It says something about the current state of the recording industry that this second release from the Aurora Orchestra (which celebrates its 10th...

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Mon 27 Jul, 2015:
Atterberg: Symphonies – No 1 in B minor, Op 3; No 5 in D minor, Op 42 (Sinfonia funebre)

How listeners respond to this disc will be determined partly by their knowledge or ignorance of musical history, and by their attitude to musical...

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Thu 04 Jun, 2015:
Mahler: Symphony No 9 in D major

Mahler shows once again that he can be performed successfully in many ways. Myung-Whun Chung and his South Korean band provide surprises and new views...

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Wed 20 May, 2015:
Sibelius: Symphonies – No 2 in D major, Op 43; No 7 in C major, Op 105

Composers' reputations come and go, like fashions; it's a pity that some listeners can thus be deprived. Sibelius's 150th anniversary this year (along...

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Tue 14 Apr, 2015:
And the Bridge is Love: English Music for Strings – Works by Howard Goodall, Elgar, William Lloyd Webber, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Walton and Ireland

This is an appealing mix of the familiar and rare, of the substantial and slender, all most expertly and tenderly played by the English Chamber...

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Mon 06 Apr, 2015:
Bizet: Roma – Symphony; Jeux d'enfants, Op 22 (Petite suite & Les quatre coins); Patrie – Overture, Op 19; Overture in A; Marche funèbre in B minor

Do you remember The Toreador's Song or the sultry Habañera, both from the opera Carmen? Well, you're in for a treat with this disc: more...

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Mon 16 Mar, 2015:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55; Cockaigne, Op 40

Every composer worth his or her salt brings something new to the listener. The same is true of performers. There is so much imagination and invention...

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Thu 22 Jan, 2015:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 56 (Scottish); The Hebrides – Overture, Op 21; Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54

Consistently expert and highly imaginative performances one and all of these three standards of the concert-hall repertoire. Mendelssohn wrote his...

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Tue 06 Jan, 2015:
Sol Gabetta: Prayer – Bloch: Schelomo, From Jewish Life; Nigun, Méditation hébraïque; Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry; Casals: El Cant dels Ocells (The Song of the Birds)

Sometimes we want an hour of peaceful thoughtfulness. The cello does the honours on this strongly-felt disc from the award-winning Argentine virtuoso,...

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Mon 15 Dec, 2014:
Mahler: Symphony No 7 in E minor

Gustavo Dudamel presides over an exuberant performance of an exuberant symphony. If the opening pages are unusually forthright and lacking something...

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Fri 05 Dec, 2014:
Dunja Lavrova: My Dusty Gramophone – Music by Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Halffter, Debussy, Schumann, Drigo, Paganini, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Albéniz, Ponce and Sarasate

Long takes and minimal editing were evidently the order of the day on this tasty disc of violinist Dunja Lavrova's personal favourites. As a result we...

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Mon 20 Oct, 2014:
Bruckner: Symphony No 7 in E major

Bruckner more in sunlight than in half-lights is part of the return on investing in this stimulating new SACD of his Seventh Symphony as directed by...

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