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Fri 21 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op 123

“I know that God is nearer to me than to other artists; I associate with Him without fear.” Thus spake Beethoven – with certainty. But the Missa...

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Thu 13 Apr, 2017:
Scriabin: The Ten Piano Sonatas; Fantasy in B minor, Op 28

Quite a journey from Moscow-born Alexander Scriabin’s First Piano Sonata to the Tenth, composed between 1892 and 1913; he himself is dated...

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Wed 29 Mar, 2017:
Schubert: String Quartet No 15 in G major, D887; Haydn: String Quartet No 26 in G minor, Op 20 No 3

If there’s one quality that a performance of Schubert’s last quartet can do without it’s charm, and you can take my word for it that for the G...

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Wed 22 Mar, 2017:
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C minor, Op 35; No 2 in F major, Op 102; String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op 110 (arr Giltburg for piano)

Although one may raise an eyebrow that it has been done at all, Boris Giltburg’s transcription of Shostakovich’s desolate and searing Eighth...

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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 20 Mar, 2017:
Borodin: Piano Quintet in C minor; Cello Sonata in B minor (reconstructed by Mikhail Goldstein); String Quartet No 2 in D major

A generous Borodin chamber triptych comprising two youthful offerings and a bona fide masterpiece. The Piano Quartet from 1862 is not without its...

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Tue 14 Mar, 2017:
Schubert: Four Impromptus, D899; Piano Sonata No 20 in A major D959

Artur Schnabel had an isolated field to himself when he recorded D959 in 1937. That field, though no longer isolated, still has space for musicians...

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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 22 Feb, 2017:
Rust: Keyboard Sonatas – in G minor; in D major (1794); in C major; 12 Variations on 'Blühe liebes Veilchen' (1794)

He was a virtuoso on both violin and keyboards. His teachers were WF Bach, Benda, Martini, Nardini, Pugnani & Tartini. His compositions covered every...

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Tue 14 Feb, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5; Tallis Fantasia; The Running Set (all arranged for two pianos)

How well do the long lines of the contemplative Fifth Symphony and the ecstatic string-orchestra Tallis Fantasia stand up to two-piano arrangement,...

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Fri 10 Feb, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Trios élégiaques – No 1 in G minor; No 2 in D minor; Kreisler: Preghiera

Three recordings of Rachmaninov’s sizeable D minor Trio have caught my attention in the last few weeks: the vintage Oistrakh Trio (DG) with pianist...

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