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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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Thu 07 Mar, 2019:
Britten: Choral Works – Choral Dances from Gloriana; Hymn to St Cecilia; A Hymn to the Virgin; Five Flower Songs; A.M.D.G.

Berlin’s RIAS Kammerchor has long been eloquent advocates for 20th-century British a cappella music, making this all-Britten disc under artistic...

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Thu 28 Feb, 2019:
Brahms: Late Piano Music – Eight Klavierstücke, Op 76; Two Rhapsodies, Op 79; Seven Fantasien, Op 116; Three Intermezzi, Op 117; Six Klavierstücke, Op 118; Four Klavierstücke, Op 119

If ‘late’ Brahms means ‘autumnal’ for you, Charles Owens’s intelligent, immaculately played survey may well make you change your mind. Even...

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Mon 25 Feb, 2019:
Schubert: Symphonies, Volume 1 – No 3 in D major; No 5 in B flat major; No 8 in B minor (Unfinished)

In a programme note for the Crystal Palace season 1880-81, Sir George Grove described the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony as having “imagination in its...

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Thu 13 Dec, 2018:
Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor

Mahler hurts. And he hurts a lot in this symphony, especially when the fires inside are stoked. Klaus Tennstedt did just that in 1983, burnt concealed...

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Thu 06 Dec, 2018:
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30; Don Quixote, Op 35

The sixth and final volume in this enjoyable series devoted to Richard Strauss's orchestral works pairs two impressive live performances from March...

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Fri 16 Nov, 2018:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica); Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 11

Let’s talk Strauss first, not yet nineteen when he composed this concerto, the tough horn part foxing his father for whom it was written. Not...

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Fri 09 Nov, 2018:
Michael Berkeley: Winter Fragments – Catch Me If You Can; Clarinet Quintet; Winter Fragments; Sonnet for Orpheus; Seven

Released to mark his 70th birthday, this rewarding collection of chamber pieces by Michael Berkeley spans half a lifetime. Following their...

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Wed 31 Oct, 2018:
Debussy: Harmonie du soir – Mélodies / Songs

Marking the centenary of Debussy’s death, this collection of mélodies and songs “set in the land of the Symbolist and Impressionist poets” is...

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Wed 10 Oct, 2018:
Bernstein: Symphony No 2 (The Age of Anxiety)

This performance is the result of a long-held promise: that Krystian Zimerman would perform The Age of Anxiety when Leonard Bernstein turned 100. That...

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Mon 08 Oct, 2018:
Berg: Wozzeck

Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen’s first outing as Berg’s put-upon prole rebelling against the world and himself with murderous violence adds a...

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Tue 18 Sep, 2018:
Alice Sara Ott: Nightfall – Debussy: Rêverie; Suite bergamasque; Satie: Gnossiennes Nos 1 & 3; Gymnopédie No 1; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Pavane pour une infante défunte

Atmosphere and mood are key in this collection of piano pieces marking night’s emergence. It’s by no means a new theme and not so long ago would...

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