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Thu 14 Mar, 2019:
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27; The Isle of the Dead, Op 29

Andrew Gourlay secures refreshingly lithe and conspicuously articulate accounts of both these Rachmaninov masterworks on this first in-house release...

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Fri 17 Aug, 2018:
Diamond: Symphony No 6; Rounds for String Orchestra; Romeo and Juliet

Composed in the decade from 1944, the three works here – examples of 20th-century American symphonic music at its most acutely lyrical, relaxed and...

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Fri 06 Jul, 2018:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op 20

“The spirit of the whole work is intended to be high and pure joy; there are retrospective passages of sadness”. So said Elgar to the Chairman of...

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Fri 10 Feb, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Trios élégiaques – No 1 in G minor; No 2 in D minor; Kreisler: Preghiera

Three recordings of Rachmaninov’s sizeable D minor Trio have caught my attention in the last few weeks: the vintage Oistrakh Trio (DG) with pianist...

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Mon 26 Dec, 2016:
Mahler (arr Schoenberg): Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

This is a delectable and interesting pairing. The cover of the CD is a touch misleading, calling it 'Songs by Mahler'. In fact, we have his...

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Fri 26 Aug, 2016:
Come all ye songsters

Recorded live in March 2015 with atmospheric sound quality, this recital is largely devoted to Henry Purcell and the Gresham Manuscript, which he...

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Fri 03 Jun, 2016:
Overtures from the British Isles, Volume 2 – Music by Walton, Leigh, Bowen, Smyth, Ansell, Mackenzie, Coates, Parry, Quilter and Foulds

Rumon Gamba sees to it that Walton's Portsmouth Point (1924-25) kicks off this collection of British overtures in swaggering fashion, and it's...

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Fri 29 Jan, 2016:
A Wondrous Mystery – Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas

Most Christmas albums spend fifty or so weeks gathering dust on a shelf. But remarkably with “A Wondrous Mystery” Stile Antico have created a...

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Mon 01 Jun, 2015:
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 61; Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93; Brahms: String Sextet No 1 in B flat major, Op 18

Augustin Dumay’s approach to the Beethoven Concerto is relaxed and agile, with countless subtle bends in the line and a tendency to favour...

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Thu 29 Jan, 2015:
Debussy: Images – Books 1 and 2; Préludes – Book 2

These works are all from Debussy’s maturity, from the period of La mer until just before the Great War. This is the first time I’ve heard...

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Thu 11 Dec, 2014:
Prokofiev: Symphonies – No 1 in D major, Op 25 (Classical); No 2 in D minor, Op 40; Sinfonietta in A major, Op 5/48; Autumnal Sketch, Op 8

Completed in 1925, Prokofiev's Second Symphony remains the most problematic and sheerly challenging of his cycle, so it's some measure of Kirill...

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Thu 06 Nov, 2014:
Escape to Paradise: The Hollywood Album

Although Nicola Benedetti may have stolen his thunder, Daniel Hope makes a decent fist of the Korngold Concerto, the main event on another selection...

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Thu 09 Oct, 2014:
Monteverdi: Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco

Don’t be misled by the opening 'Deus in adiutorium meum' fanfare: this is not the more famous 1610 Vespers, but rather Rinaldo Alessandrini’s...

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