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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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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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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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Wed 17 Oct, 2018:
Brahms: The Four Symphonies

Certain aspects of this release strike me as fairly well targeted, so why is it that I come away from Daniel Barenboim’s Brahms with a sense of...

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Fri 12 Oct, 2018:
Prokofiev: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 44; Chout, Op 21; Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19; Dreams, Op 6

I recently had the good fortune to chance upon a stereo transcription of Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s thrilling Philharmonia Prokofiev Third from the...

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Wed 10 Oct, 2018:
Bernstein: Symphony No 2 (The Age of Anxiety)

This performance is the result of a long-held promise: that Krystian Zimerman would perform The Age of Anxiety when Leonard Bernstein turned 100. That...

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Mon 08 Oct, 2018:
Berg: Wozzeck

Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen’s first outing as Berg’s put-upon prole rebelling against the world and himself with murderous violence adds a...

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