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Thu 17 Aug, 2017:
Brahms: Symphonies – No 1 in C minor, Op 68; No 2 in D major, Op 73; No 3 in F major, Op 90; No 4 in E minor, Op 98

Andris Nelsons leads his golden-toned Bostonians in memorably supple, entrancingly organic and thrillingly alive readings of all four Brahms...

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Fri 04 Aug, 2017:
Rossini: Sigismondo

This is a live recording of a rarely performed opera. Sigismondo (King of Poland) believes that his wife, Aldimira, has been executed on his...

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Wed 26 Jul, 2017:
Wagner: Parsifal

Sir Mark Elder’s Parsifal with the Hallé Orchestra at the 2013 BBC Proms was enthusiastically reviewed at the time but something has been lost in...

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Tue 18 Jul, 2017:
Brahms: Cello Sonatas – No 1 in E minor, Op 38; No 2 in F major, Op 99; Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op 102

Uncommonly sensitive and thoughtful music-making from these accomplished performers. Playing on a gut-stringed replica of a 1695 instrument by Matteo...

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Mon 17 Jul, 2017:
Copland: Symphony No 3 (original version); Three Latin American Sketches

A quarter of a century after his Saint Louis Symphony recording on RCA, Leonard Slatkin returns to Copland’s Third Symphony in the company of the...

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Fri 14 Jul, 2017:
Marek: Sinfonia, Op 28; Kletzki: Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 18

Musiques Suisses claim 'first recording' status for the one-movement Sinfonia (1928) by Polish-born Czesław Marek (1891-1986), but in fact that...

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Thu 13 Jul, 2017:
Schubert: Arias and Overtures

For Schubert and the German music theatre of his time, words were of utmost importance which precluded florid singing. Unfortunately for the composer,...

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Wed 12 Jul, 2017:
Dove: In Damascus; Out of Time; Piano Quintet

Composed from remembered impressions of a peaceful Syria to a war-torn text by native poet Ali Safar, Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’ proves a...

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Fri 07 Jul, 2017:
Jonathan Nangle: Pause

Delve into the title track of Jonathan Nangle’s hypnotic ‘Pause’ and you’ll find the ghost of Charles Ives. Prompted by two bars in the third...

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Thu 06 Jul, 2017:
Schmidt: Symphony No 2 in E flat major; Strauss: Symphonic Interlude from Intermezzo ('Träumerei am Kamin')

Set down at the start of July 2015 in the Grosser Saal of Vienna's Musikverein just a few days before a memorable London performance at the Proms,...

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Fri 09 Jun, 2017:
Bartók: The Six String Quartets

I’d call this a radical re-think of the Bartók quartet cycle, as different to the taut, rhythmically propulsive Americans (Juilliards, Emersons,...

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Wed 07 Jun, 2017:
Gesualdo: Terzo Libro di Madrigale

Gesualdo’s Third Book of Madrigals (1595) marks a turning point, introducing the radical harmonies that would characterise his late work, while...

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Thu 01 Jun, 2017:
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35; Adams: Violin Concerto

Listening to Ilya Gringolts and the Copenhagen Phil tackle the spiralling first movement of Adams’s D major Concerto reminds me more than ever of...

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Wed 31 May, 2017:
Heimat

In his debut on Sony Classical, Benjamin Appl nails his colours to the mast as the pretender to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s Lieder crown. He’s...

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