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Tue 07 Feb, 2017:
Tishchenko: Symphony No 8; Concerto for violin, piano and string orchestra; Three Songs to Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva

The opening of the Concerto (2006) finds the violin appealingly expressive, whereas the piano knocks on the door in a fateful manner; the spectre of...

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Tue 03 Jan, 2017:
Wuorinen: Eighth Symphony (Theologoumena); Fourth Piano Concerto

Despite Charles Wuorinen’s explanation of the subtitle of his Eighth Symphony – ‘Theologoumena’ – as ‘a private non-dogmatic theological...

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Tue 15 Nov, 2016:
Clementi: Piano Concerto in C major; Franz Xaver Mozart: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C major, Op 14; No 2 in E flat major, Op 25

Franz Xaver Mozart – born four months before his father’s death – led an itinerant life as 'Wolfgang, Jr.', piano virtuoso and composer of...

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Wed 21 Sep, 2016:
Mozart: Zaide, K 344

This unfinished opera was actually planned as a ‘singspiel’, spoken word coming between the arias. Spoken cues – in the autograph score, and...

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Thu 15 Sep, 2016:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 1 in C minor, Op 11 (includes both versions of the scherzo); No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italian)

No-one with a keen pair of ears could fail to admire the pristine results that Sir John Eliot Gardiner achieves with his well-drilled players, but...

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Wed 31 Aug, 2016:
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite; Apollon musagète; Concerto in D for string orchestra

This new disc of three neoclassical masterpieces includes some of the finest small-orchestra sound I’ve heard on disc in several years –...

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Mon 08 Aug, 2016:
Where'er you walk – Arias for Handel's favourite tenor by Arne, Boyce, Handel & JC Smith

Handel and contemporaries wrote many of these arias, sung so well here by tenor Allan Clayton, for John Beard, about whom there is an interesting...

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Tue 31 May, 2016:
Gál: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op 57; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat major, K 482

I've sung the praises of Hans Gál's music previously on Classical Ear (see my reviews – from 9 July 2013 and 12 June 2014 – of his first two...

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Thu 28 Apr, 2016:
Doolittle: all spring; Four Pieces about Water; falling still; col; Why the parrot repeats human words

A first encounter with the Nova Scotia-born, Glasgow-based Emily Doolittle reveals a composer with an ear for the music of the natural world, a gift...

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Tue 15 Mar, 2016:
Steibelt: Piano Concertos – No 3 in E major, Op 33 (L'orage); No 5 in E flat major, Op 64 (À la chasse); No 7 in E minor (Grand concerto militaire)

Beethoven trounced Daniel Steibelt (1765-1825) in a pianistic duel that delighted frequenters of a Viennese salon in 1800, but his compositions...

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Wed 24 Feb, 2016:
Miloš: Blackbird – The Beatles Album

The Beatles’ timeless melodies have long inspired classical musicians from Cathy Berberian and John Cage to the Berlin Philharmonic Cellists and the...

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Wed 27 Jan, 2016:
Silvestrov: Piano Sonatas Nos 1-3; Classical Sonata; Children's Music I; Nostalghia

Valentin Silvestrov hails from Ukraine and was born in 1937. This generous (78-minute) selection of his piano music opens with Sonata No 1, which...

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Thu 26 Nov, 2015:
Mozart: Il rè pastore, K 208

With little staging, and possibly not performed in costume, this was known as a serenata and written in two acts for five characters when Mozart was...

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Thu 29 Oct, 2015:
Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Op 33; Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47; Two Serenades, Op 69

Nielsen's classically influenced 1911 Violin Concerto may be of interest here, and it is certainly worth getting to know. Nielsen did not entirely...

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