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Mon 17 Apr, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D minor

The opening horn unison arrests and promises much, Mahler’s Third delivered with the long view typical of Bernard Haitink. He doesn’t...

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Tue 11 Apr, 2017:
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64; Tod und Verklärung, Op 24

If I may express a purely personal preference, these are consistently my two favourite Strauss pieces. Alpine Symphony, first on the disc and afforded...

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Fri 24 Mar, 2017:
Mayr: Telemaco

The goddess Calipso, spurned by Ulysses, determines to avenge herself on his son Telemaco who is shipwrecked on her island. She desires his love or...

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Thu 04 Aug, 2016:
Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major; Blumine

The opening of this Mahler 1 fades in without ambience, with a suspicion of over-processing, and the distant trumpets come across as artificial. Given...

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Wed 02 Mar, 2016:
Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major; Blumine

Hannu Lintu’s Mahler 1 faces a crowded field, with another imminently expected from Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Munich on BR Klassik. The situation is...

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Tue 23 Feb, 2016:
Mayr: Saffo

Johann Simon Mayr (1763-1845) composed this, his first opera, with exquisite delicacy built on the robust framework of opera seria, albeit with some...

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Tue 24 Nov, 2015:
Magnard: Piano Trio in F minor, Op 18; Violin Sonata in G major, Op 13

Killed at the start of the First World War defending his home from German invaders, Paris-born Albéric Magnard (1865-1914) left a comparatively small...

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Fri 20 Nov, 2015:
Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)

It’s been a long wait since his 2007 Sony coupling of the First Piano Concerto and Fourth Symphony for Mariss Jansons to return to Tchaikovsky on...

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Mon 29 Jun, 2015:
Winds & Piano – Music by Poulenc, Farrenc, Roussel, Caplet, Mozart, Beethoven, Thuille & Rimsky-Korsakov

No one who invested in this starry ensemble's previous release on Warner Classics (reviewed by yours truly on 23 May 2014) should lose time in...

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Thu 31 Jul, 2014:
Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64; Vier symphonische Zwischenspiele aus 'Intermezzo', Op 72

I am still under the influence of Lorin Maazel’s remarkable conducting of Strauss’s Alpine Symphony (20 March in the Royal Festival Hall, London,...

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Mon 26 May, 2014:
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op 14; Varèse: Ionisation

There are plenty of recordings of the Symphonie fantastique to choose from. Why this one? Well, Mariss Jansons is a great musician and the Bavarian...

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Tue 05 Nov, 2013:
Brahms: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D minor, Op 15; No 2 in B flat major, Op 83

In the accompanying booklet interview Hélène Grimaud promotes the idea of two Brahmses – the handsome young lion, and the wise, portly senior...

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Tue 11 Jun, 2013:
Dvořák: Symphony No 9 in E minor (New World); A Hero's Song

Dvořák's Ninth Symphony, the beloved "New World", Op 95, composed in 1893, with its haunting melodies reminiscent of American folksongs, is also his...

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