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Thu 10 Jan, 2019:
Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane

Remarkably, this live concert recording is only the second on disc of Korngold’s fourth opera, the first, with a starry cast led by John Mauceri,...

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Mon 24 Dec, 2018:
Copland: Symphony No 3; Letter from Home; Down a Country Lane; Connotations

Set aside the confusion here (and on the Chandos website) about which volume this is in John Wilson’s vivid, often illuminating Copland survey...

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Thu 20 Dec, 2018:
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos – No 2 in C minor, Op 18; No 4 in G minor, Op 40; Bach (transcribed by Rachmaninov): Suite from Violin Partita in E major, BWV1006

What’s a transcription? Sir Hubert Parry replies: “An adaptation more intimately suited to the nature of the new medium, taking greater liberties...

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Wed 28 Nov, 2018:
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D 946; ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, D 760; Schubert (arr Liszt): Du bist die Ruh; Die junge; Auf dem Wasser zu singen; Sei mir gegrüsst; Der Wanderer

Leon McCawley’s urgent performances of the three late Schubert Klavierstücke remind me of a long-held ambition to recommend the pieces as...

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Fri 23 Nov, 2018:
Schreker: Prelude to a Drama; The Birthday of the Infanta; Romantic Suite

Top billing on the sleeve goes to the 1923 orchestral suite based on music that Franz Schreker (1878-1934) had originally supplied for a 1908...

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Mon 05 Nov, 2018:
Julian Anderson: Choral Music – My Beloved Spake; Bell Mass; O sing unto the Lord; I saw Eternity; Four American Choruses; Nunc dimittis; Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata quarta

Julian Anderson seems to have come into the world in fully realised compositional maturity. Turning 40 in 2017, he writes with an inherited wisdom...

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Fri 12 Oct, 2018:
Prokofiev: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 44; Chout, Op 21; Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19; Dreams, Op 6

I recently had the good fortune to chance upon a stereo transcription of Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s thrilling Philharmonia Prokofiev Third from the...

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Fri 21 Sep, 2018:
Mozart: Piano Quartets – No 1 in G minor, K478; No 2 in E flat major, K493

Father-and-son pianist and violinist Daniel and Michael Barenboim form an elegant partnership with Berlin Staatskapelle principal viola Yulia Deyneka...

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Fri 17 Aug, 2018:
Diamond: Symphony No 6; Rounds for String Orchestra; Romeo and Juliet

Composed in the decade from 1944, the three works here – examples of 20th-century American symphonic music at its most acutely lyrical, relaxed and...

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Mon 30 Jul, 2018:
Michel Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres

Setting texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah and dating from the early 1620s, Michel Lambert’s Leçons de Ténèbres are a remarkable exercise in...

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Mon 18 Jun, 2018:
Bach: Goldberg Variations

Those familiar with Peter Hill’s accounts of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and French Suites on Delphian will need no encouragement to explore his...

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Fri 15 Jun, 2018:
Seán Mac Erlaine: Music for empty ears

Somewhere in the ether, Scandinavian noir, Irish melancholy, dyspeptic electronics and soulful saxophone have coalesced to create Seán Mac...

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Mon 04 Jun, 2018:
Schmitt: Symphony No 2; Suites from Antoine et Cléopâtre

Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) has steadily been emerging out of the shadows cast by his illustrious peers Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. There are...

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