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Thu 21 Mar, 2019:
Zimmermann: Violin Concerto; Photoptosis; Die Soldaten

Forged in 1950 as post-war relief gave way to the prospect of nuclear annihilation, Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto is a formidable response to the...

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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 25 Feb, 2019:
Schubert: Symphonies, Volume 1 – No 3 in D major; No 5 in B flat major; No 8 in B minor (Unfinished)

In a programme note for the Crystal Palace season 1880-81, Sir George Grove described the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony as having “imagination in its...

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Thu 13 Dec, 2018:
Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor

Mahler hurts. And he hurts a lot in this symphony, especially when the fires inside are stoked. Klaus Tennstedt did just that in 1983, burnt concealed...

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Wed 21 Nov, 2018:
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581; Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, J182

To those familiar with the usual editions of Mozart’s Quintet, Julian Bliss’s first flourish – beginning on C below middle C and not on G as is...

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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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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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Fri 12 Oct, 2018:
Prokofiev: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 44; Chout, Op 21; Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19; Dreams, Op 6

I recently had the good fortune to chance upon a stereo transcription of Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s thrilling Philharmonia Prokofiev Third from the...

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Wed 10 Oct, 2018:
Bernstein: Symphony No 2 (The Age of Anxiety)

This performance is the result of a long-held promise: that Krystian Zimerman would perform The Age of Anxiety when Leonard Bernstein turned 100. That...

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Fri 21 Sep, 2018:
Mozart: Piano Quartets – No 1 in G minor, K478; No 2 in E flat major, K493

Father-and-son pianist and violinist Daniel and Michael Barenboim form an elegant partnership with Berlin Staatskapelle principal viola Yulia Deyneka...

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Thu 12 Apr, 2018:
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas – No 4 in A minor, Op 23; No 5 in F major, Op 24 (Spring); No 7 in C minor, Op 30 No 2

Joseph Kerman believed that for Beethoven, the violin sonata was “never a very solemn form”. But it could be a passionate one, the forthright...

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