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Mon 16 Oct, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Osmo Vänskä leads his exuberant Minnesota band in a stimulating, superbly played account of Mahler's darkness-to-joyfulness symphony. For readers...

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Wed 11 Oct, 2017:
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Op 35; Violin Concerto No 2, Op 61; Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A major, Op 8

Here’s a value-for-money coupling of three contrasting Polish violin concertos from the first half of the last century in the estimable hands of...

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Mon 09 Oct, 2017:
Schoenberg: String Quartets – No 2, Op 10; No 4, Op 37

The “catchy little theme” (the sleeve-writer’s phrase) that opens Schoenberg’s Fourth Quartet (1936) always reminds me of Korngold’s Much...

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Wed 23 Aug, 2017:
Haydn: Symphonies – No 8 in G major (Le soir); No 84 in E flat major; Violin Concerto in A major

No worries about the music here, although the Violin Concerto, however enjoyable, isn’t vintage Haydn, but what disconcerts somewhat is the lack of...

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Wed 16 Aug, 2017:
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet); Une barque sur l'océan

The place to start is at the end, a pastel-shaded yet threatening and turbulent Une barque sur l’océan, one of the two for-piano Miroirs that Ravel...

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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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Mon 03 Jul, 2017:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C major, Op 15; No 5 in E flat major, Op 73 (Emperor)

How do you interpret Allegro con brio in the first movement of No 1? Carl Czerny, presumably with Beethoven’s approval, suggests the metronome...

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Mon 26 Jun, 2017:
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 2 in C sharp minor, Op 129; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (original version)

You either know, or will find out from the booklet note (quirky if exhaustive), that this is the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto...

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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 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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Fri 21 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op 123

“I know that God is nearer to me than to other artists; I associate with Him without fear.” Thus spake Beethoven – with certainty. But the Missa...

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Thu 13 Apr, 2017:
Scriabin: The Ten Piano Sonatas; Fantasy in B minor, Op 28

Quite a journey from Moscow-born Alexander Scriabin’s First Piano Sonata to the Tenth, composed between 1892 and 1913; he himself is dated...

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Mon 27 Mar, 2017:
Mozart: Mass in C minor, K427 (Great); Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Masaaki Suzuki’s soft-grained period instrument sound is ideal for Bach cantatas, but for Mozart’s large-scale choral music it lacks punch. Suzuki...

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