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Mon 29 Feb, 2016:
Captain Hume's Journey to India

What if, wonders Philippe Pierlot, the eccentric viola da gamba player and composer Tobias Hume (c.1569-1645) had travelled to India? Indeed Hume, who...

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Wed 03 Feb, 2016:
Casella: Symphony No 1 in B minor, Op 5; Symphonic Fragments from 'Le Couvent sur l'eau', Op 19; Elegia eroica, Op 29

Hats off to Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic for their latest, hugely enjoyable release in this orchestral series. The Symphony (finished...

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Mon 04 Jan, 2016:
Lang Lang in Paris – Chopin: The 4 Scherzi; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op 37a

Lang Lang’s pairing of Chopin’s Four Scherzi with Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons is an interesting if uneven affair in this 2-CD release made at...

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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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Tue 11 Nov, 2014:
Captain Tobias Hume: “Harke, harke!” – Lyra Violls Humors and Delights

Unlike Dowland, with whom he engaged in a professional dispute, the wonderfully eccentric Tobias Hume (c1569-1645), a mercenary in the Swedish and...

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Wed 01 Oct, 2014:
Shostakovich: Six Romances on Verses by Raleigh, Burns and Shakespeare, Op 62a; Annie Laurie, Scottish Ballad (orch Shostakovich); Suite on Poems by Michelangelo, Op 145a

Shostakovich’s Six Romances (1943) – to verse by Raleigh, Burns and Shakespeare – is a revelation, here in the composer’s thought-lost...

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Thu 24 Jul, 2014:
Weinberg: Symphony No 18, Op 138 (War– there is no word more cruel); Trumpet Concerto, Op 94

Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-96) was born in Warsaw, lived in the Soviet Union from 1939, was befriended by Shostakovich and died in Moscow. His...

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Mon 24 Mar, 2014:
Schnittke: Complete Piano Music

Schnittke’s Three Piano Sonatas are well represented on disc, but Simon Smith’s survey is a welcome addition. Written between 1987 and 1992, the...

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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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Mon 03 Mar, 2014:
Russian Treasures: Choral music by Gretchaninov, Rachmaninov, Golovanov, Chesnokov, Kalinnikov, Tchaikovsky and Kedrov

Tenebrae and their director Nigel Short are no strangers to Russian a capella repertoire. They launch their own label with a varied selection of...

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Thu 13 Feb, 2014:
Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor, Op 65

Much has changed for Valery Gergiev’s St Petersburg orchestra since he last recorded this same symphony with them, in 1996. They have changed their...

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Tue 29 Oct, 2013:
Lalo: Fiesque

Édouard Lalo's three-act opera Fiesque (1867), unperformed in his lifetime, was a casualty of the Franco-Prussian War, but he recycled some of its...

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Thu 10 Oct, 2013:
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn (after Tchaikovsky): Nutcracker Suite; Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – Suite, Op.71a

Billy Strayhorn’s 1960 Nutcracker Suite is less an adaptation in the sense that Glen Gray’s Mozart or Stan Kenton’s Wagner were ‘adapted’,...

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