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Mon 05 Feb, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique)

Opening with an electronic click, and the suspicion we are missing a smidgen of the double-bass start, Teodor Currentzis is contrived in his approach,...

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Mon 15 Jan, 2018:
Georg Schumann: Symphony in F minor, Op 42; Overtüre zu einem Drama, Op 45; Overture 'Lebensfreude', Op 54

Georg Schumann (1866-1952), no relation to Robert, is here represented by substantial orchestral works, not least his 1905 four-movement Symphony in F...

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Mon 25 Sep, 2017:
Martinů: Cello Concerto No 2, H 304; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 2, Op 126

Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto (1966) combines subtle introversion with barely controlled rage and the beauty of this production is in the way...

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Wed 06 Sep, 2017:
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104; Klid ('Silent Woods'), Op 68 No 5; Bloch: Schelomo

Marc Coppey gives one of the most sensitively shaped, engagingly perceptive accounts of Dvořák's towering Cello Concerto to have come my way in some...

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Thu 20 Jul, 2017:
Prokofiev: Symphonies – No 1 in D major, Op 25 (Classical); No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 131; Lieutenant Kijé, Op 60 (Suite)

Prokofiev is one of the most approachable of the 20th-century composers. His goals included being as clear as possible in expression. He wrote a few...

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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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Thu 23 Mar, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 9 in D major

Mariss Jansons’s Munich Mahler scores highest for warmth, intelligence and emotional centredness. BR Klassik grant his orchestra a tonal profile...

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Tue 10 Jan, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35; Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47

The catalogue isn’t short of recordings of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos, but these gripping performances can take their place...

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Fri 23 Dec, 2016:
Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (Christmas Oratorio)

Hot on the heels of John Butt’s pleasingly pared-back (two voices per part) period-instrument offering of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the...

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Tue 09 Aug, 2016:
Wainwright: Take All My Loves – 9 Shakespeare Sonnets

Rufus Wainwright follows last year’s homage to Maria Callas (Prima Donna, reviewed 22 December 2015) with a tribute to Shakespeare marking the 400th...

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Wed 18 May, 2016:
Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100; Scythian Suite, Op 20

Many impressive details arrest the ear, not least the glistening aura of ‘The Sun’s Procession’ at the close of the Scythian Suite, a sunrise...

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Fri 13 May, 2016:
Brahms: Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op 25; Fauré: Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 15: Schnittke: Piano Quartet in A minor

The Berlin Piano Quartet is made up of players from the Berlin Philharmonic, plus pianist Kim Barbier: two German, two French – an ideal mix for...

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Wed 11 May, 2016:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55

Ignore the moustache supposedly proclaiming imperialism. Sense instead a modernist who in 1908 still believed in symphonic form but stripped of...

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Fri 22 Apr, 2016:
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 1-7

Back in the early 1970s, Okko Kamu recorded a number of works by Sibelius for Deutsche Grammophon, including a memorably idiomatic version of the...

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