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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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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 31 Oct, 2018:
Debussy: Harmonie du soir – Mélodies / Songs

Marking the centenary of Debussy’s death, this collection of mélodies and songs “set in the land of the Symbolist and Impressionist poets” is...

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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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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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Tue 18 Sep, 2018:
Alice Sara Ott: Nightfall – Debussy: Rêverie; Suite bergamasque; Satie: Gnossiennes Nos 1 & 3; Gymnopédie No 1; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Pavane pour une infante défunte

Atmosphere and mood are key in this collection of piano pieces marking night’s emergence. It’s by no means a new theme and not so long ago would...

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Thu 13 Sep, 2018:
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35; Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Op 33

On the evidence of this very fine pairing from Orchid Classics Seoul-born Jiyoon Lee – a pupil of Kolja Blacher, joint-winner of the 2016 Carl...

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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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Mon 06 Aug, 2018:
McLeod: Out of the Silence; Percussion Concerto; The Shostakovich Connection; Hebridean Dances

Eighty-four this year, John McLeod’s profile continues to rise with a quartet of full-bodied orchestral pieces from Evelyn Glennie and the Royal...

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