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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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Mon 03 Dec, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op 71

Prior to hearing this eminently worthy Los Angeles Philharmonic Nutcracker under the Orchestra’s current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, I’d been...

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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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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 02 Nov, 2018:
Mozart: Symphonies – No 40 in G minor, K 550; No 41 in C major, K 551 (Jupiter)

I’d call this coupling ‘typically Blomstedt’ in that both performances generate a sense of awe without sounding over-reverential, while musical...

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Mon 29 Oct, 2018:
Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944 (Great)

Mariss Jansons doesn’t exactly steal in. He turns the opening eight-bar horn call marked piano into a forthright statement, and though he...

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Wed 24 Oct, 2018:
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 – A major, Hob 5; G major, Hob 6; in E major, Hob 31; F major, Hob 47; C major, Hob 48

A puzzle to set the ball rolling. Why is Hob 47 – the first movement not by Haydn, the two subsequent movements the same as the first two movements...

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Mon 22 Oct, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies – No 2 in C minor, Op 17 (Little Russian); No 3 in D major, Op 29 (Polish)

Vladimir Jurowski’s complete live set of Tchaikovsky symphonies (available on LPO LPO-0101) proved something of a mixed blessing and this 2016...

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Fri 19 Oct, 2018:
Alissa Firsova: Tennyson Fantasy, Op 36; Bride of the Wind, Op 34; Expressions, Opp 9 & 10; Paradise Poems, Op 22; Fantasy, Op 29

Alissa Firsova’s Tennyson Fantasy has the mark of a modern classic about it. Played here with consummate grace, keening lyricism and biting incision...

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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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Wed 22 Aug, 2018:
Piston: Symphony No 6; Samuel Jones: Symphony No 3, Palo Duro Canyon; Stephen Albert: Symphony No 2

No symphonic tradition has coalesced into a recognisable signature so quickly or securely as that of America in the last century, as evidenced by the...

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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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Thu 09 Aug, 2018:
Harbison: Symphony No 4; Ruggles: Sun-Treader; Stucky: Second Concerto for Orchestra

By no means the definitive American symphony, John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony (dating from 2004) is nonetheless a quintessential example. In five...

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Thu 02 Aug, 2018:
Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) – complete ballet; Shéhérazade – ouverture de féerie; Le Tombeau de Couperin – Suite d'orchestre

François-Xavier Roth and his remarkable period-instrument band Les Siècles follow up their electrifying account of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé...

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