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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 21 Feb, 2019:
Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 – Sonata No 6 in D major, K284 (Dürnitz); Fantasia No 3 in D minor, K397; Sonata No 17 in B flat major, K570; Sonata No 2 in F major, K280

Immediately apparent in Peter Donohoe’s all too belated engagement with Mozart on disc is a light, liquescent lyricism shot through with moments of...

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Mon 11 Feb, 2019:
Beethoven: Mass in C major, Op 86; Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b

What did Beethoven mean by the tempo marking ‘Andante con moto assai vivace quasi Allegretto ma non troppo’ at the head of the Kyrie? Mariss...

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Thu 07 Feb, 2019:
Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No 3 (Peace Shall Defeat War); Grazhyna

With a fiercely committed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in tow, Kirill Karabits makes a powerful claim for the Third Symphony (of five) by his fellow...

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Mon 21 Jan, 2019:
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale (l’Histoire du soldat), “to be read, played, and danced,” on a libretto by C F Ramuz; English translation by Michael Flanders

Most of us know the miniature masterpiece by its French title, l’Histoire du soldat, and in its 30-minute suite form without the narration. This...

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Mon 07 Jan, 2019:
Stravinsky: Petrushka, ballet in four tableaux (1911); Jeu de cartes, “ballet in three deals” (1936)

This lively rendition of the 1911 Petrushka is a convincing endorsement of the great story ballet, composed just one year after Firebird, that for...

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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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Mon 17 Dec, 2018:
Harbison: Requiem

Although John Harbison began his powerful, potent Requiem as early as 1985, he completed it in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It...

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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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