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Fri 29 Sep, 2017:
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Pribaoutki; Deux Poèmes de Paul Verlaine

Lovers of Stravinsky’s technicoloured tone poem Le chant du rossignol who are not familiar with the work it emerged from may be surprised by the...

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Wed 27 Sep, 2017:
Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War and Siege of York – Choral Works by Byrd, Lawes, Hutchinson, Tomkins, Child, Wilson, Jeffreys and Locke

A country divided, politics in turmoil, religious intolerance on the rise… Nearly four centuries after the English Civil War, England seems barely...

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Fri 22 Sep, 2017:
Portraits: Works for flute, clarinet & piano by Chris Rogerson, Valerie Coleman, Guillaume Connesson, Rachmaninov, Paul Schoenfield and Philip Hammond

A new trans-Atlantic trio makes its debut with considerable aplomb in a programme that delights, stirs, moves and entertains in equal measure. Anthony...

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Wed 20 Sep, 2017:
Schubert: Symphony No 8 in B minor, D759 (Unfinished) – Reconstructed and completed by Mario Venzago

“No one with even a modicum of common sense will claim that in 1822 Schubert sat down with the deliberate aim of writing an incomplete symphony, but...

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Mon 18 Sep, 2017:
Dean: Dramatis Personae; Francesconi: Hard Pace

Has anyone done more for the trumpet repertoire in recent decades than Håkan Hardenberger? This latest offering includes two barnstorming pieces...

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Wed 06 Sep, 2017:
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104; Klid ('Silent Woods'), Op 68 No 5; Bloch: Schelomo

Marc Coppey gives one of the most sensitively shaped, engagingly perceptive accounts of Dvořák's towering Cello Concerto to have come my way in some...

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Wed 30 Aug, 2017:
Brahms: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D minor, Op 15; No 2 in B flat major, Op 83

A vein of melancholy stalks most of the first movement of No 1. Mark Elder’s pacing is certainly Maestoso, his balancing of instrumental lines very...

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Fri 18 Aug, 2017:
Bernstein: Complete Solo Works for Piano

Here’s something to whet the appetite for 2018’s Bernstein centenary celebrations – a first recording of the complete solo piano works more...

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Fri 11 Aug, 2017:
Dreams & Fancies – English music for solo guitar

Dreams & Fancies, the solo debut on disc by young Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, announces an exciting new talent. At its heart are a trio of lute...

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Fri 04 Aug, 2017:
Rossini: Sigismondo

This is a live recording of a rarely performed opera. Sigismondo (King of Poland) believes that his wife, Aldimira, has been executed on his...

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Wed 02 Aug, 2017:
Roger Doyle: Homemade Ivory Dreams

Homemade Ivory Dreams is a collection of pieces “that snuck out” while Roger Doyle was working on other projects. Which is not to suggest this is...

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Mon 31 Jul, 2017:
Ligeti: Cello Concerto; Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments; Melodien for orchestra; Piano Concerto

These three concertos, plus the orchestral work Melodien, provide a valuable overview of Ligeti’s stylistic development, from the experimental Cello...

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Tue 25 Jul, 2017:
Pretty Yende: A Journey – Arias by Rossini, Delibes, Bellini, Gounod, and Donzietti

This recital of seven scenes and arias marks a significant milestone in Pretty Yende’s journey from the South African townships to a career on...

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