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Fri 12 Feb, 2016:
Ives: A Symphony: New England Holidays; Central Park in the Dark; Orchestral Set No 1: Three Places in New England; The Unanswered Question

This second volume in Andrew Davis’s Ives survey on Chandos confirms the promise of the first (a coupling of the First and Second Symphonies,...

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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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Fri 04 Dec, 2015:
Four Hands – Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op 52a; Schubert: Fantasia in F minor, D 940; Ravel: La Valse (arr Lucien Garban); Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag (arr William Grossman)

If there’s one quality that Leon Fleisher delivers with unfailing consistency it's musical intelligence. His collaboration with Katherine Jacobson...

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Fri 20 Nov, 2015:
Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)

It’s been a long wait since his 2007 Sony coupling of the First Piano Concerto and Fourth Symphony for Mariss Jansons to return to Tchaikovsky on...

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Thu 19 Nov, 2015:
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op 120; Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Perplexing indeed is Igor Levit’s performance of the Goldberg Variations. Portents arise at the beginning as expectancies of excellence in the Aria...

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Mon 31 Aug, 2015:
Sonya Yoncheva: Paris, mon amour – Opera Arias by Massenet, Puccini, Gounod, Offenbach, Verdi, Messager and Lecocq

This is a pleasing recital, but I do have some reservations. To my ears, Sonya Yoncheva possesses a rather strident timbre, particularly in her upper...

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Wed 22 Jul, 2015:
Nielsen: The Complete Symphonies

Superbly recorded in the BBC Philharmonic's Salford home between October 2012 and February 2015, this new Nielsen symphony cycle (released to coincide...

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Tue 03 Feb, 2015:
Beethoven: Symphonies – No 2 in D major, Op 36; No 4 in B flat major, Op 60

The booklet heading in unequivocal: ‘The Poetry of Freedom’. True enough, and a phrase that could as well apply to virtually all of Beethoven’s...

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Tue 30 Dec, 2014:
Busoni: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35a; Beethoven (arr Busoni): 'Benedictus' from Missa solemnis, Op 123; Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 8

Although it went down a storm at its October 1897 world premiere in Berlin, Ferruccio Busoni's compact and personable Violin Concerto (which shares a...

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Wed 19 Nov, 2014:
Bach: The Six Cello Suites

There is much to like in these ripe, relishable period-instrument performances of music too often tainted by lachrymose dourness. Instead, Hoog...

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Fri 19 Sep, 2014:
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Op 35; Violin Concerto No 2, Op 61; Myths, Op 30

We are not short of superlative versions of this entrancing repertoire. In the concertos both the Zehetmair/Rattle and Zimmermann/Wit partnerships...

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Wed 20 Aug, 2014:
Vittorio Grigòlo – The Romantic Hero: Arias by Massenet, Gounod, Bizet, Meyerbeer, Halévy and Offenbach

This is a specially recorded, agreeably contrasted album of French arias allowing Vittorio Grigòlo to show how well he can portray different moods...

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Wed 23 Jul, 2014:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63

It's been over 40 years since Daniel Barenboim set down an arrestingly flexible and deeply felt interpretation of Elgar's mighty Second Symphony with...

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Fri 25 Apr, 2014:
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Fantasia para un gentilhombre; Invocación y danza; Falla: Homenaje; Danza del Molinero; Sor: Grand Solo; Lennon/McCartney/Takemitsu: Michelle

Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un gentilhombre (a concerto in all but name) are so well known that lacklustre performances can make...

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