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Mon 22 Jul, 2019:
Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen

Feted on DVD, all but ignored on CD, Johannes Debus’ fresh, fleet and often vibrant account of The Cunning Little Vixen benefits greatly from his...

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Fri 07 Jun, 2019:
Brian: Symphonies Nos 7 and 16; The Tinker's Wedding: Overture

Alexander Walker’s survey of Havergal Brian’s symphonies with the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra is shaping up to be an invaluable series....

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Tue 04 Jun, 2019:
Berlioz: Harold in Italy; Les Nuits d’Été

“All in all, Harold is a disappointing work in so far as the stern philosophy of its opening is not maintained” (J H Elliot in The Master...

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Tue 30 Apr, 2019:
Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier, Volume 1

Thoughtful and measured, poetic and precise, Steven Devine takes a measured but crisply fluid approach that imbues this much recorded music with a...

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Mon 11 Mar, 2019:
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphonies – No 1 in E minor; No 4 in D minor

All but forgotten in the years following her death in 1953 at the age of 63, Florence Beatrice Price’s claim to fame lies in her being the first...

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Mon 28 Jan, 2019:
Bach: Partita No 4 in D major; Italian Concerto; Chaconne from Violin Partita in D minor (arranged for piano by Busoni)

The philosophy of an erstwhile musician re-ignites. For Edwin Fischer (1886-1960) Bach “towered above the centuries, but to interpret his works...

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Mon 31 Dec, 2018:
Elgar: The Hills of Dreamland – Orchestral Songs; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42

Too long overlooked and in need of a champion, Elgar’s songs may just have found one in Kathryn Rudge. Dip into the rapt reverie of Pleading (whose...

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Wed 28 Nov, 2018:
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D 946; ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, D 760; Schubert (arr Liszt): Du bist die Ruh; Die junge; Auf dem Wasser zu singen; Sei mir gegrüsst; Der Wanderer

Leon McCawley’s urgent performances of the three late Schubert Klavierstücke remind me of a long-held ambition to recommend the pieces as...

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Wed 14 Nov, 2018:
Bernstein: Wonderful Town

Simon Rattle’s effervescent third take on Bernstein’s under-appreciated Wonderful Town finds the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra on...

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Fri 19 Oct, 2018:
Alissa Firsova: Tennyson Fantasy, Op 36; Bride of the Wind, Op 34; Expressions, Opp 9 & 10; Paradise Poems, Op 22; Fantasy, Op 29

Alissa Firsova’s Tennyson Fantasy has the mark of a modern classic about it. Played here with consummate grace, keening lyricism and biting incision...

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Thu 30 Aug, 2018:
Robert Gibson: Flux and Fire

This collection of string pieces composed in the decade from 1996 serves as a fine introduction to a composer exquisitely alert to atmosphere and...

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Wed 04 Jul, 2018:
Bernstein: Candide (Overture); On the Waterfront – Symphonic Suite; Fancy Free (Three Dance Variations); On the Town (Three Dance Episodes); West Side Story – Symphonic Dances

Exhilaratingly lithe, rhythmically punchy and (above all) powerfully communicative performances of these Bernstein favourites under Christian...

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Thu 21 Jun, 2018:
Haydn: Piano Sonatas – Hoboken 32 in B minor; 40 in G major; 49 in E flat major; 50 in C major

Did Haydn make a mistake in the first movement of No 49? Both halves are written to be repeated, yet the second half takes in the coda which then is...

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