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Wed 17 May, 2017:
Haydn: The Seasons

What, a 50-bar fugue on just six words “for thy bounty, thanks be given”? Placed at the end of section 6, it is but one example of canny mastery...

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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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Mon 20 Mar, 2017:
Borodin: Piano Quintet in C minor; Cello Sonata in B minor (reconstructed by Mikhail Goldstein); String Quartet No 2 in D major

A generous Borodin chamber triptych comprising two youthful offerings and a bona fide masterpiece. The Piano Quartet from 1862 is not without its...

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Fri 17 Mar, 2017:
Beethoven: String Quartets – No 3 in D major, Op 18 No 3; No 11 in F minor, Op 95; No 13 in B flat major, Op 130

I regret coming late to the Elias String Quartet’s Beethoven survey on the strength of the fine and finessed performances on offer here. There’s...

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Mon 13 Mar, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2

Here's a memorable companion release to this team's stimulating take on Elgar's First Symphony (reviewed by Ivor Solomons on 16 March 2015). Drawing...

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Mon 13 Feb, 2017:
Bloch: The Three Suites for solo cello; Dallapiccola: Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio; Ligeti: Sonata for solo cello

Ernest Bloch composed three suites for solo cello in 1956 and 1957 for his most assiduous champion, Zara Nelsova (1918-2002). It is, as Natalie Clein...

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Fri 10 Feb, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Trios élégiaques – No 1 in G minor; No 2 in D minor; Kreisler: Preghiera

Three recordings of Rachmaninov’s sizeable D minor Trio have caught my attention in the last few weeks: the vintage Oistrakh Trio (DG) with pianist...

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Fri 03 Feb, 2017:
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 33; Cello Sonatas – No 2 in F major, Op 123; No 3 in D major, Op posth

Hearing this admirable CD made me wish that rather than being a single disc it had been a double-pack featuring both cello concertos and all three...

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Tue 24 Jan, 2017:
Schubert: String Quartets – No 12 in C minor, D703 (Quartettsatz); No 15 in G major, D887

After forays into Haydn and Brett Dean, the wide-ranging Doric String Quartet return to Schubert for blistering performances of two sinewy late works....

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Fri 06 Jan, 2017:
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano

Expect to find playing of the utmost relaxation here in Beethoven's three sets of variations on themes by Mozart and Handel, all realised with...

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Tue 22 Nov, 2016:
Friedman: Piano Quintet in C minor; Różyicki: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op 35

Polish piano quintets in C minor are becoming a niche interest for Jonathan Plowright and the Szymanowski Quartet on Hyperion. They follow up their...

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Wed 26 Oct, 2016:
Schubert: Piano Trios – No 1 in B flat major, D 898 (Op 99); No 2 in E flat major, D 929 (Op 100)

The traditional view of Schubert’s two piano trios tends towards ebullience (Op 99) as opposed to austerity (Op 100). Fortepianist Andreas Staier...

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