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Mon 14 Aug, 2017:
David Matthews: Piano Trios – No 1, Op 34 (1983); No 2, Op 61 (1993); No 3, Op 97 (2005); Journeying Songs for solo cello, Op 95

Music of genuine substance, consummate craftsmanship and communicative power from the pen of David Matthews (who turns 75 next March). Each of his...

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Tue 11 Jul, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op 37b; Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 37 (Grand Sonata)

My youthful entry point into Tchaikovsky’s ‘Grand Sonata’ was Sviatoslav Richter’s mono Melodiya recording, which to be truthful is, for all...

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Mon 03 Jul, 2017:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C major, Op 15; No 5 in E flat major, Op 73 (Emperor)

How do you interpret Allegro con brio in the first movement of No 1? Carl Czerny, presumably with Beethoven’s approval, suggests the metronome...

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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 09 Jun, 2017:
Bartók: The Six String Quartets

I’d call this a radical re-think of the Bartók quartet cycle, as different to the taut, rhythmically propulsive Americans (Juilliards, Emersons,...

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Mon 05 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 3 in A minor, Op 56 (Scottish); No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation)

A superb coupling that harbours a major surprise. Like Yannick Nézet-Séguin on his memorable new complete set of Mendelssohn’s numbered symphonies...

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Thu 23 Mar, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 9 in D major

Mariss Jansons’s Munich Mahler scores highest for warmth, intelligence and emotional centredness. BR Klassik grant his orchestra a tonal profile...

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Thu 19 Jan, 2017:
Mozart: Piano Concertos – No 17 in G major, K453; No 25 in C major, K503

This fifth and (sadly) final instalment in Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart piano concerto series with the Clevelanders more than matches the elevated...

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Thu 08 Dec, 2016:
Liszt: Transcendental – Études d'éxécution transcendante, S 139; Two Concert Etudes, S 145; Three Concert Etudes, S 144; Grandes études de Paganini, S 141

This set's title, “Transcendental”, also describes Daniil Trifonov’s technique to a nicety. But rising above pianism of precision and torrential...

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Fri 25 Nov, 2016:
Stanford: String Quartets – No 5 in B flat major, Op 104 (In Memoriam Joseph Joachim); No 8 in E minor, Op 167; Joachim: Romance for violin and piano, Op 2 No 1

Amazing to think that music of such palpable quality has suffered neglect for so long. The Fifth of Stanford's eight string quartets strikes me as a...

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Thu 24 Nov, 2016:
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D flat major Op 10; No 3 in C major, Op 26; No 4 in B flat major, Op 55

Under Hannu Lintu’s direction the Third Concerto’s Andante opening, with its intertwining clarinets and answering strings, is as balmy as anyone...

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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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