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Thu 23 May, 2019:
Lutosławski & Penderecki: Complete music for violin and piano – Lutosławski: Subito; Recitativo e arioso; Partita; Three Miniatures; Penderecki: Sonatas Nos 1 & 2

The Scottish-Polish duo violinist Michael Foyle and pianist Maksim Štšura couple two 20th-century Polish icons on their Delphian Records debut....

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Wed 08 May, 2019:
Ficino Ensemble: Winter – Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115; Sholdice: Winter; Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

Formed in 2012, the Ficino Ensemble has established itself as one of Ireland’s leading chamber groups. Its intelligently programmed, superbly played...

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Tue 30 Apr, 2019:
Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier, Volume 1

Thoughtful and measured, poetic and precise, Steven Devine takes a measured but crisply fluid approach that imbues this much recorded music with a...

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Thu 25 Apr, 2019:
Grace Williams: Violin Sonata; Sextet for Oboe, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano; Suite for Nine Instruments; Romanza; Sarabande; Rondo for Dancing

Glancingly featured on disc, Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-77) receives a welcome boost with this sympathetically played chamber music...

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Tue 16 Apr, 2019:
Dennehy: The Last Hotel

Evidence of Irish opera’s current resurgence comes with The Last Hotel, the first of a projected trilogy by composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright...

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Mon 08 Apr, 2019:
Gál: Das Lied der Nacht

Hans Gál’s ‘dramatic ballad’ Das Lied der Nacht was premiered to glowing reviews in 1926. Banned by the Nazis, it was last staged in 1930...

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Thu 04 Apr, 2019:
Celebrating John Williams

Harking back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, John Williams single-handedly returned the symphony orchestra to the cinema screen in the late 1970s. Since...

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Mon 01 Apr, 2019:
David Fennessy: Panopticon; Piano Trio (Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman); 13 Factories; Hirta Rounds

There’s so much to admire, be intrigued, excited, engaged and pleased by in this fascinating collection of pieces by the Irish composer David...

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Thu 28 Mar, 2019:
Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op 22; Amy Beach: Violin Sonata, Op 34; Romance, Op 23; Invocation, Op 55; Ethel Smyth: Violin Sonata, Op 7

The music of Amy Beach frames this beautifully played recital by the seamlessly integrated, expressively fluid partnership of Tasmin Little and John...

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Mon 25 Mar, 2019:
Elgar: The Wand of Youth – Suites Nos 1 & 2, Opp 1a & 1b; Nursery Suite; Salut d'amour, Op 12; Chanson de nuit, Op 15 No 1

This latest offering in Sir Mark Elder's Elgar series with the Hallé strikes me as an unbridled success. Subtitled 'Music to a child's play' and...

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Thu 21 Mar, 2019:
Zimmermann: Violin Concerto; Photoptosis; Die Soldaten

Forged in 1950 as post-war relief gave way to the prospect of nuclear annihilation, Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto is a formidable response to the...

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Thu 14 Mar, 2019:
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27; The Isle of the Dead, Op 29

Andrew Gourlay secures refreshingly lithe and conspicuously articulate accounts of both these Rachmaninov masterworks on this first in-house release...

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Mon 11 Mar, 2019:
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphonies – No 1 in E minor; No 4 in D minor

All but forgotten in the years following her death in 1953 at the age of 63, Florence Beatrice Price’s claim to fame lies in her being the first...

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Mon 04 Mar, 2019:
Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39; En Saga, Op 9

The start of a Sibelius series from the Gothenburg Symphony under its new 33-year-old chief conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali – and a most auspicious...

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