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Thu 24 May, 2018:
Reich: Drumming

Percussionist Colin Currie launches his own label with what he describes as “a thrillingly unclassifiable musical colossus”: Steve Reich’s...

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Mon 21 May, 2018:
Brahms: Song of Destiny – Works for choir and orchestra

Being purely personal, if I ever had to choose one work from Brahms’s canon, it would be A German Requiem. That would leave me without Song of...

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Mon 14 May, 2018:
Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems

It’s always a pleasure to listen to Camille Saint-Saëns’s melodious, well-crafted, innovative and – here – vividly descriptive music, whether...

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Mon 12 Feb, 2018:
Dyson: Choral Symphony; St Paul's Voyage to Melita

George Dyson’s Choral Symphony (1910), composed when he was a student at Oxford, was only discovered recently and is here recorded for the first...

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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 29 Jan, 2018:
Four Composers – Four Pieces – Four Hands: Works by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt & Stravinsky

What an interesting and, in the auditioning, persuasive idea – to play four great piano works on different instruments, each contemporary to the...

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Mon 22 Jan, 2018:
Bruckner: Symphony No 6 in A major

Bernard Haitink stresses the Classical lineage of Bruckner’s wonderful Sixth Symphony. Tempos are ideally chosen in themselves and in relationship...

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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 08 Jan, 2018:
Stravinsky: Chant funèbre, Op 5; Feu d'artifice, Op 4; Scherzo fantastique, Op 3; Le Faune et la Bergère, Op 2; Le Sacre du printemps

Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, written in memory of Rimsky-Korsakov, was lost following its sole performance in 1908 and recently found – numerous...

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Wed 23 Aug, 2017:
Haydn: Symphonies – No 8 in G major (Le soir); No 84 in E flat major; Violin Concerto in A major

No worries about the music here, although the Violin Concerto, however enjoyable, isn’t vintage Haydn, but what disconcerts somewhat is the lack of...

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Wed 16 Aug, 2017:
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet); Une barque sur l'océan

The place to start is at the end, a pastel-shaded yet threatening and turbulent Une barque sur l’océan, one of the two for-piano Miroirs that Ravel...

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Mon 26 Jun, 2017:
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 2 in C sharp minor, Op 129; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (original version)

You either know, or will find out from the booklet note (quirky if exhaustive), that this is the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto...

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Fri 16 Jun, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies – No 4 in F minor, Op 36; No 5 in E minor, Op 64; No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique)

Christian Lindberg says he adheres to Tchaikovsky’s metronome markings. This allows the Fourth and Pathétique symphonies fitting together on the...

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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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