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Tue 16 Apr, 2019:
Dennehy: The Last Hotel

Evidence of Irish opera’s current resurgence comes with The Last Hotel, the first of a projected trilogy by composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright...

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Mon 08 Apr, 2019:
Gál: Das Lied der Nacht

Hans Gál’s ‘dramatic ballad’ Das Lied der Nacht was premiered to glowing reviews in 1926. Banned by the Nazis, it was last staged in 1930...

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Thu 04 Apr, 2019:
Celebrating John Williams

Harking back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, John Williams single-handedly returned the symphony orchestra to the cinema screen in the late 1970s. Since...

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Mon 01 Apr, 2019:
David Fennessy: Panopticon; Piano Trio (Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman); 13 Factories; Hirta Rounds

There’s so much to admire, be intrigued, excited, engaged and pleased by in this fascinating collection of pieces by the Irish composer David...

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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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Mon 04 Mar, 2019:
Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39; En Saga, Op 9

The start of a Sibelius series from the Gothenburg Symphony under its new 33-year-old chief conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali – and a most auspicious...

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Thu 07 Feb, 2019:
Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No 3 (Peace Shall Defeat War); Grazhyna

With a fiercely committed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in tow, Kirill Karabits makes a powerful claim for the Third Symphony (of five) by his fellow...

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Thu 31 Jan, 2019:
Sullivan: The Light of the World

While there is no disguising the Victorian archness of Sullivan’s imposing oratorio The Light of the World, this first account on disc of Robin...

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Thu 10 Jan, 2019:
Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane

Remarkably, this live concert recording is only the second on disc of Korngold’s fourth opera, the first, with a starry cast led by John Mauceri,...

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Mon 07 Jan, 2019:
Stravinsky: Petrushka, ballet in four tableaux (1911); Jeu de cartes, “ballet in three deals” (1936)

This lively rendition of the 1911 Petrushka is a convincing endorsement of the great story ballet, composed just one year after Firebird, that for...

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Thu 03 Jan, 2019:
Stenhammar: Serenade in F major, Op 31; Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 34

2019 launches in propitious fashion with this stimulating and generous pairing of two major symphonic works by the Swedish master Wilhelm Stenhammar...

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Thu 06 Dec, 2018:
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30; Don Quixote, Op 35

The sixth and final volume in this enjoyable series devoted to Richard Strauss's orchestral works pairs two impressive live performances from March...

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Mon 03 Dec, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op 71

Prior to hearing this eminently worthy Los Angeles Philharmonic Nutcracker under the Orchestra’s current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, I’d been...

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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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