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Mon 15 May, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No 3); Symphony No 4 in F minor

This second volume in Andrew Manze's Vaughan Williams symphony cycle for Onyx Classics (Volume 1 was reviewed on 19 May 2016) couples polished...

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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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Fri 28 Apr, 2017:
Joubert: Jane Eyre

Begun in 1987 and completed a decade later, John Joubert’s Jane Eyre received its belated professional premiere in a concert performance in...

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Mon 17 Apr, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D minor

The opening horn unison arrests and promises much, Mahler’s Third delivered with the long view typical of Bernard Haitink. He doesn’t...

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Fri 07 Apr, 2017:
Dvořák: Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95 (From the New World); A Hero's Song, Op 111

It was Gustav Mahler who, in 1898, conducted the world premiere of Dvořák's A Hero's Song. It proved to be the Czech master's orchestral swansong,...

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Mon 03 Apr, 2017:
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)

François-Xavier Roth and his superb period-instrument band Les Siècles give us a thrillingly alive and intoxicatingly atmospheric rendering of...

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Thu 23 Mar, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 9 in D major

Mariss Jansons’s Munich Mahler scores highest for warmth, intelligence and emotional centredness. BR Klassik grant his orchestra a tonal profile...

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Wed 22 Mar, 2017:
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C minor, Op 35; No 2 in F major, Op 102; String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op 110 (arr Giltburg for piano)

Although one may raise an eyebrow that it has been done at all, Boris Giltburg’s transcription of Shostakovich’s desolate and searing Eighth...

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Fri 17 Mar, 2017:
Beethoven: String Quartets – No 3 in D major, Op 18 No 3; No 11 in F minor, Op 95; No 13 in B flat major, Op 130

I regret coming late to the Elias String Quartet’s Beethoven survey on the strength of the fine and finessed performances on offer here. There’s...

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Mon 13 Mar, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2

Here's a memorable companion release to this team's stimulating take on Elgar's First Symphony (reviewed by Ivor Solomons on 16 March 2015). Drawing...

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Fri 03 Mar, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13

Stitched together from two live performances that took place in Dortmund's Konzerthaus towards the end of February 2016, this is a far from negligible...

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Fri 10 Feb, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Trios élégiaques – No 1 in G minor; No 2 in D minor; Kreisler: Preghiera

Three recordings of Rachmaninov’s sizeable D minor Trio have caught my attention in the last few weeks: the vintage Oistrakh Trio (DG) with pianist...

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Thu 09 Feb, 2017:
Beethoven: Symphonies – No 1 in C major, Op 21; No 4 in B flat major, Op 60

Published five years after Haydn’s last symphony in 1795, Beethoven’s First portends a new era for the form. Kurt Masur’s response to the change...

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