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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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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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Thu 07 Mar, 2019:
Britten: Choral Works – Choral Dances from Gloriana; Hymn to St Cecilia; A Hymn to the Virgin; Five Flower Songs; A.M.D.G.

Berlin’s RIAS Kammerchor has long been eloquent advocates for 20th-century British a cappella music, making this all-Britten disc under artistic...

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Thu 28 Feb, 2019:
Brahms: Late Piano Music – Eight Klavierstücke, Op 76; Two Rhapsodies, Op 79; Seven Fantasien, Op 116; Three Intermezzi, Op 117; Six Klavierstücke, Op 118; Four Klavierstücke, Op 119

If ‘late’ Brahms means ‘autumnal’ for you, Charles Owens’s intelligent, immaculately played survey may well make you change your mind. Even...

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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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Mon 18 Feb, 2019:
Lutosławski: Symphonies – No 1 (1947); No 4 (1992); Jeux vénitiens (1961)

Written between 1941 and 1947, Witold Lutosławski's strongly communicative and impressively concise First Symphony makes quite a splash in this...

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Mon 11 Feb, 2019:
Beethoven: Mass in C major, Op 86; Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b

What did Beethoven mean by the tempo marking ‘Andante con moto assai vivace quasi Allegretto ma non troppo’ at the head of the Kyrie? Mariss...

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Mon 28 Jan, 2019:
Bach: Partita No 4 in D major; Italian Concerto; Chaconne from Violin Partita in D minor (arranged for piano by Busoni)

The philosophy of an erstwhile musician re-ignites. For Edwin Fischer (1886-1960) Bach “towered above the centuries, but to interpret his works...

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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 17 Dec, 2018:
Harbison: Requiem

Although John Harbison began his powerful, potent Requiem as early as 1985, he completed it in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It...

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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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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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Wed 14 Nov, 2018:
Bernstein: Wonderful Town

Simon Rattle’s effervescent third take on Bernstein’s under-appreciated Wonderful Town finds the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra on...

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