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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 24 Dec, 2018:
Copland: Symphony No 3; Letter from Home; Down a Country Lane; Connotations

Set aside the confusion here (and on the Chandos website) about which volume this is in John Wilson’s vivid, often illuminating Copland survey...

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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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Mon 22 May, 2017:
Berg: Wozzeck

Arriving hard on the heels of Fabio Luisi’s visually striking Zurich production on Blu-ray (Accentus) this second Wozzeck from Naxos faces stiff...

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Wed 26 Apr, 2017:
Franck: Violin Sonata in A major; Fauré: Romance in B flat major, Op 28; Szymanowski: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 9; Romance in D major, Op 23; Notturno e Tarantella, Op 28

César Franck's adorable Violin Sonata comes up as fresh as new paint in this urgently expressive and memorably flexible performance by Tasmin Little...

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Thu 30 Mar, 2017:
Holst: The Planets, Op 32; Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30

Strange how a simple instruction 'Sehr breit' (very broad) with a metronome marking of crotchet=69 should draw from Serge Koussevitzky – the...

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Mon 20 Mar, 2017:
Borodin: Piano Quintet in C minor; Cello Sonata in B minor (reconstructed by Mikhail Goldstein); String Quartet No 2 in D major

A generous Borodin chamber triptych comprising two youthful offerings and a bona fide masterpiece. The Piano Quartet from 1862 is not without its...

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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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Fri 16 Dec, 2016:
Boyle: Piano Concerto in D minor; Hill: Piano Concerto in A major; Piano Sonata in A major

Volume 69 in Hyperion’s continuing survey of romantic piano concertos takes an Antipodean turn with two 20th-century works by Australians Alfred...

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Mon 18 Apr, 2016:
Mozart: Violin Concertos – No 2 in D major, K211; No 5 in A major, K219; Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K364

Very interesting, this. I’ve always thought that as a Mozartean Frank Peter Zimmermann has travelled the Milstein-Oistrakh-Grumiaux route, with a...

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Mon 28 Mar, 2016:
Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245

“Lord, our master, whose glory fills the whole earth, show us by your Passion that you, the true eternal Son of God, triumph even in the deepest...

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Tue 06 Oct, 2015:
Loeffler: Divertissement Espagnol; La Villanelle du Diable, Op 9; Une Nuit de Mai; Divertissement in A minor

Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) studied in Berlin and Paris, and emigrated to the United States in his early twenties. A gifted violinist, he held...

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