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Thu 19 Apr, 2018:
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas – No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight); No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Turn to the pensive limpidity of the Hammerklavier’s Adagio or the seething turbulence of the Moonlight’s finale for the measure of the quality of...

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Mon 19 Feb, 2018:
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op 61; Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 26

Rachel Barton Pine lends enviably stylish, articulate and communicative advocacy to both these masterworks, and receives admirably alert, pliable and...

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Mon 12 Jun, 2017:
Bach: St John Passion (Sung in English)

The first St John Passion in English in nearly half a century surpasses its venerable predecessor, Benjamin Britten’s 1971 Decca recording with...

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Fri 26 May, 2017:
Simon O’Connor: What is living and what is dead

You won’t hear anything of Dubliner Simon O’Connor’s punk-band past in this plaintive and brittle, playful and beautiful, ruminative and rich,...

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Mon 03 Apr, 2017:
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)

François-Xavier Roth and his superb period-instrument band Les Siècles give us a thrillingly alive and intoxicatingly atmospheric rendering of...

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Tue 27 Dec, 2016:
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas – No 27 in E minor, Op 90; No 28 in A major, Op 101; No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Here are performances of three late Beethoven piano sonatas that can take their place among the very best in a crowded catalogue. Setting out his...

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Wed 14 Dec, 2016:
Rott: Symphony No 1 in E major

A fellow student with Gustav Mahler in Anton Bruckner’s composition class, Hans Rott (1858-1884) left his mark on the symphonic form. Rott’s...

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Fri 29 Jul, 2016:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Right from the off you sense that this 1976 Hammerklavier (originally made for Eurodisc) is going to cast its 2013 Salzburg successor (DG) well and...

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Mon 25 Jul, 2016:
Brahms: Piano Sonatas – No 1 in C major, Op 2; No 2 in F sharp minor, Op 2; No 3 in F minor, Op 5

To say that François-Frédéric Guy treats the young Brahms’s three piano sonatas to a range of colours more readily associated with the piano...

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Tue 31 May, 2016:
Gál: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op 57; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat major, K 482

I've sung the praises of Hans Gál's music previously on Classical Ear (see my reviews – from 9 July 2013 and 12 June 2014 – of his first two...

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Thu 05 May, 2016:
Handel: Arminio

Written in 1736, Handel's Arminio has the familiar conflict between love, patriotism and filial duty. The background is of battle between Arminius, a...

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Fri 29 Apr, 2016:
Haydn: Six String Quartets, Op 50 (Prussian)

Haydn’s six ‘Prussian’ string quartets have not always received the attention accorded the composer’s other quartets. Listening to The London...

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Tue 12 Apr, 2016:
Schubert: Impromptus, D 899; Three Piano Pieces, D 946; Beethoven: Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier); Encores by Rameau and Brahms

‘Once more, with feeling’ is, I think, the general idea. Grigory Sokolov is nothing if not a thoughtful performer, and Schubert’s G flat...

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