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Thu 28 Mar, 2019:
Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op 22; Amy Beach: Violin Sonata, Op 34; Romance, Op 23; Invocation, Op 55; Ethel Smyth: Violin Sonata, Op 7

The music of Amy Beach frames this beautifully played recital by the seamlessly integrated, expressively fluid partnership of Tasmin Little and John...

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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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Thu 14 Feb, 2019:
Arlene Sierra: Volume 3, Butterflies Remember a Mountain – Avian Mirrors; Butterflies Remember a Mountain; Counting-Out Rhyme; Of Risk and Memory; Truel

This third volume in Bridge’s invaluable survey of Arlene Sierra hones in on chamber music composed between 1997 and 2013. Cellist Leonard...

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Mon 10 Dec, 2018:
American Concertos – Bernstein: Serenade, West Side Story: Symphonic Dances; Korngold: Violin Concerto; Rózsa: Violin Concerto

The two programmes of 20th-century American concertos from Baiba Skride coupled together here offer very different listening experiences. Erring 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 07 Nov, 2018:
Bach: Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876 (arr Mozart); Shostakovich: String Quartet No 15 in E flat minor, Op 144; Beethoven: String Quartet No 12 in E flat major, Op 127

I once asked the leader of a distinguished string quartet whether the group’s performances of Beethoven’s Op 130 Quartet altered according to...

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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 06 Apr, 2018:
John Jenkins: Complete Four-Part Consort Music

Arguably the greatest, certainly the most elegant, composer of music for viol consort in a veritable golden age for the instrument, John Jenkins...

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Thu 29 Mar, 2018:
A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland – Electro-acoustic music by 13 Irish composers

A companion to 2013’s On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics, the beautifully packaged A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland brings Dublin-based Heresy...

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Mon 05 Mar, 2018:
Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Composed as the monarchy was falling foul of public favour, Purcell’s Welcome Songs for King James II are perfectly poised pieces of royal...

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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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