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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 10 Sep, 2018:
Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 2 – Études dans le genre Fugué, Op 97; Fugue, Op 36 No 12

This second volume in Ivan Ilić’s enterprising championing of the forgotten piano music of Antoine Reicha (1770-1836) is every bit as good as its...

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Mon 11 Sep, 2017:
Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis; Weisgall: Piano Sonata

Pianophiles will need no recommendation to investigate these rich, resonant and robust performances by Martin Perry of Hugo Weisgall’s Piano Sonata...

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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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Wed 17 May, 2017:
Haydn: The Seasons

What, a 50-bar fugue on just six words “for thy bounty, thanks be given”? Placed at the end of section 6, it is but one example of canny mastery...

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Wed 15 Feb, 2017:
Leighton: Complete Organ Works

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988) wrote with consummate skill for the organ. His thrillingly communicative 1970 Concerto for the instrument with string...

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Tue 13 Dec, 2016:
Mendelssohn: Elias, Op 70 (Elijah)

Although Mendelssohn took JS Bach’s influence very much to heart, performing Elijah with even a smidgen of period manners carries a warning sign....

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Tue 12 Jul, 2016:
Telemann: Recorder Sonatas & Fantasias

It’s positively impossible not to smile at least once (indeed, several times) when listening to Pamela Thorby’s account of Telemann’s whimsical...

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Mon 16 May, 2016:
Bach: Partita No 4 in D major, BWV 828; Toccata in C minor, BWV 911; English Suite No 3 in G minor, BWV 808; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903; and other short pieces

Like Glenn Gould and Murray Perahia (Sony), Martha Argerich (DG) or Dinu Lipatti (EMI) before him, Nelson Freire brings Bach to joyous life on a...

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Thu 03 Mar, 2016:
Granados: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 49; Turina: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 1; Caliope (Hymn from Las musas de Andalucia, Op 93 No 9)

These two piano quintets are linked by key – G minor – and the nationality – Spanish – of their composers. The concise, three-movement example...

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Wed 27 Jan, 2016:
Silvestrov: Piano Sonatas Nos 1-3; Classical Sonata; Children's Music I; Nostalghia

Valentin Silvestrov hails from Ukraine and was born in 1937. This generous (78-minute) selection of his piano music opens with Sonata No 1, which...

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Thu 07 Jan, 2016:
Scriabin: Nuances – Assorted Piano Pieces

Valentina Lisitsa’s chronologically presented recording features a selection of Scriabin’s shorter piano pieces. It starts with the 1880s...

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