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Mon 21 May, 2018:
Brahms: Song of Destiny – Works for choir and orchestra

Being purely personal, if I ever had to choose one work from Brahms’s canon, it would be A German Requiem. That would leave me without Song of...

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Mon 14 May, 2018:
Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems

It’s always a pleasure to listen to Camille Saint-Saëns’s melodious, well-crafted, innovative and – here – vividly descriptive music, whether...

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Tue 03 Apr, 2018:
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op 112; En Saga, Op 9; Eight Songs (orch Aulis Sallinen)

Sibelius called En Saga a tone poem but never revealed its story, only saying “It has got a down-home feeling. How could one think of anything but...

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Thu 29 Mar, 2018:
A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland – Electro-acoustic music by 13 Irish composers

A companion to 2013’s On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics, the beautifully packaged A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland brings Dublin-based Heresy...

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Mon 05 Mar, 2018:
Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Composed as the monarchy was falling foul of public favour, Purcell’s Welcome Songs for King James II are perfectly poised pieces of royal...

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Mon 05 Feb, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique)

Opening with an electronic click, and the suspicion we are missing a smidgen of the double-bass start, Teodor Currentzis is contrived in his approach,...

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Mon 29 Jan, 2018:
Four Composers – Four Pieces – Four Hands: Works by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt & Stravinsky

What an interesting and, in the auditioning, persuasive idea – to play four great piano works on different instruments, each contemporary to the...

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Mon 22 Jan, 2018:
Bruckner: Symphony No 6 in A major

Bernard Haitink stresses the Classical lineage of Bruckner’s wonderful Sixth Symphony. Tempos are ideally chosen in themselves and in relationship...

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Mon 15 Jan, 2018:
Georg Schumann: Symphony in F minor, Op 42; Overtüre zu einem Drama, Op 45; Overture 'Lebensfreude', Op 54

Georg Schumann (1866-1952), no relation to Robert, is here represented by substantial orchestral works, not least his 1905 four-movement Symphony in F...

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Mon 08 Jan, 2018:
Stravinsky: Chant funèbre, Op 5; Feu d'artifice, Op 4; Scherzo fantastique, Op 3; Le Faune et la Bergère, Op 2; Le Sacre du printemps

Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, written in memory of Rimsky-Korsakov, was lost following its sole performance in 1908 and recently found – numerous...

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Tue 26 Dec, 2017:
Ešenvalds: The Doors of Heaven – The First Tears; Rivers of Light; A Drop in the Ocean; Passion and Resurrection

The young Latvian Ēric Ešenvalds’s profile on disc receives a boost from this richly sung collection of works featuring the Portland State Chamber...

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