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Mon 19 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation); Clarinet Sonata: Andante (orch Widmann, 2016); Widmann: Versuch über die Fuge; Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K546

Just a fortnight ago, I reviewed Antonello Manacorda’s Kammerakademie Potsdam version of the Reformation Symphony (Sony Classical), which unusually...

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Fri 02 Jun, 2017:
Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works

Distilled from his score for choreographer Wayne McGregor’s ‘Woolf Works’, staged by the Royal Ballet in 2015, ‘Three Worlds’ finds Max...

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Wed 31 May, 2017:
Heimat

In his debut on Sony Classical, Benjamin Appl nails his colours to the mast as the pretender to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s Lieder crown. He’s...

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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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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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