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Mon 13 Nov, 2017:
James McCarthy: Codebreaker; Will Todd: Ode to a Nightingale

Codebreaker is an exceptional achievement on numerous counts. The very opening vies in its visceral impact with the opening of Vaughan Williams’s A...

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Wed 11 Oct, 2017:
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Op 35; Violin Concerto No 2, Op 61; Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A major, Op 8

Here’s a value-for-money coupling of three contrasting Polish violin concertos from the first half of the last century in the estimable hands of...

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Wed 26 Jul, 2017:
Wagner: Parsifal

Sir Mark Elder’s Parsifal with the Hallé Orchestra at the 2013 BBC Proms was enthusiastically reviewed at the time but something has been lost in...

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Mon 10 Jul, 2017:
Sibelius: Symphonies – No 1 in E minor, Op 39; No 6, Op 104

The second volume in Thomas Søndergård's Sibelius cycle for Linn with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales brings further compelling evidence of this...

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Thu 01 Jun, 2017:
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35; Adams: Violin Concerto

Listening to Ilya Gringolts and the Copenhagen Phil tackle the spiralling first movement of Adams’s D major Concerto reminds me more than ever of...

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Wed 26 Apr, 2017:
Franck: Violin Sonata in A major; Fauré: Romance in B flat major, Op 28; Szymanowski: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 9; Romance in D major, Op 23; Notturno e Tarantella, Op 28

César Franck's adorable Violin Sonata comes up as fresh as new paint in this urgently expressive and memorably flexible performance by Tasmin Little...

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Fri 21 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op 123

“I know that God is nearer to me than to other artists; I associate with Him without fear.” Thus spake Beethoven – with certainty. But the Missa...

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Fri 14 Apr, 2017:
Bruch: String Octet in B flat major, Op posth; String Quintets in A minor and E flat major, Opp posth

These three very likeable chamber offerings by Max Bruch (1838-1920) – all written in Berlin towards the very end of his career – receive joyously...

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Wed 05 Apr, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55; Introduction and Allegro, Op 47

Edward Gardner presides over a dashingly articulate, enviably integrated and deeply-felt account of Elgar's mighty A flat major symphony featuring the...

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Thu 09 Mar, 2017:
Beach: Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op 45; Chaminade: Concertstück in C sharp minor, Op 40; Howell: Piano Concerto in D minor

A formidably talented performer as well as gifted composer, Amy Beach was the soloist in the April 1900 Boston world premiere of her expansive and...

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Wed 04 Jan, 2017:
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op 36; In the South (Alassio), Op 50; Carillon, Op 75; Une voix dans le désert, Op 77; Le drapeau belge, Op 79; Pleading, Op 48

In the South swaggers in as it should, but Vivace here isn’t as thrusting as might have been expected. Restraint hints at thoughtfulness; and Martyn...

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Fri 25 Nov, 2016:
Stanford: String Quartets – No 5 in B flat major, Op 104 (In Memoriam Joseph Joachim); No 8 in E minor, Op 167; Joachim: Romance for violin and piano, Op 2 No 1

Amazing to think that music of such palpable quality has suffered neglect for so long. The Fifth of Stanford's eight string quartets strikes me as a...

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Wed 02 Nov, 2016:
MacMillan: Violin Concerto; Symphony No 4

Rarely has a CD of new music engaged me quite as much as this one has, the Violin Concerto (2010) – which melds elements of song and dance –...

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