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Thu 24 Jan, 2019:
Clarke: Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata; Scherzo; Serenade; Spring Song; Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folk Song

Runner-up to Ernest Bloch's Suite for viola and piano in a prestigious competition organised by the American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the...

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Thu 24 Jan, 2019:
Clarke: Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata; Scherzo; Serenade; Spring Song; Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folk Song

Runner-up to Ernest Bloch's Suite for viola and piano in a prestigious competition organised by the American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the...

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Thu 03 Jan, 2019:
Stenhammar: Serenade in F major, Op 31; Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 34

2019 launches in propitious fashion with this stimulating and generous pairing of two major symphonic works by the Swedish master Wilhelm Stenhammar...

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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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Thu 20 Dec, 2018:
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos – No 2 in C minor, Op 18; No 4 in G minor, Op 40; Bach (transcribed by Rachmaninov): Suite from Violin Partita in E major, BWV1006

What’s a transcription? Sir Hubert Parry replies: “An adaptation more intimately suited to the nature of the new medium, taking greater liberties...

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Mon 03 Dec, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op 71

Prior to hearing this eminently worthy Los Angeles Philharmonic Nutcracker under the Orchestra’s current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, I’d been...

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Fri 16 Nov, 2018:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica); Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 11

Let’s talk Strauss first, not yet nineteen when he composed this concerto, the tough horn part foxing his father for whom it was written. Not...

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Mon 12 Nov, 2018:
Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F major, Op 90; Hungarian Dances Nos 11-16; Alto Rhapsody, Op 53; Schubert: Lieder D 369, 541, 719, 778, 838 and 583 (all arr Brahms)

Thomas Dausgaard has already given us Brahms’s first two symphonies, coupled as here with his own Berio-like visitations on various Hungarian...

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Wed 07 Nov, 2018:
Bach: Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876 (arr Mozart); Shostakovich: String Quartet No 15 in E flat minor, Op 144; Beethoven: String Quartet No 12 in E flat major, Op 127

I once asked the leader of a distinguished string quartet whether the group’s performances of Beethoven’s Op 130 Quartet altered according to...

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Mon 05 Nov, 2018:
Julian Anderson: Choral Music – My Beloved Spake; Bell Mass; O sing unto the Lord; I saw Eternity; Four American Choruses; Nunc dimittis; Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata quarta

Julian Anderson seems to have come into the world in fully realised compositional maturity. Turning 40 in 2017, he writes with an inherited wisdom...

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Mon 29 Oct, 2018:
Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944 (Great)

Mariss Jansons doesn’t exactly steal in. He turns the opening eight-bar horn call marked piano into a forthright statement, and though he...

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Wed 24 Oct, 2018:
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 – A major, Hob 5; G major, Hob 6; in E major, Hob 31; F major, Hob 47; C major, Hob 48

A puzzle to set the ball rolling. Why is Hob 47 – the first movement not by Haydn, the two subsequent movements the same as the first two movements...

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Mon 22 Oct, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies – No 2 in C minor, Op 17 (Little Russian); No 3 in D major, Op 29 (Polish)

Vladimir Jurowski’s complete live set of Tchaikovsky symphonies (available on LPO LPO-0101) proved something of a mixed blessing and this 2016...

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