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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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Fri 03 Feb, 2017:
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 33; Cello Sonatas – No 2 in F major, Op 123; No 3 in D major, Op posth

Hearing this admirable CD made me wish that rather than being a single disc it had been a double-pack featuring both cello concertos and all three...

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Wed 01 Feb, 2017:
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11; The Four Ballades

Still in his early 20s, Seoul-born Seong-Jin Cho was winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition. Mark DeVoto was justly enthusiastic...

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Tue 31 Jan, 2017:
Bernstein: Symphony No 1 (Jeremiah); Symphony No 2 (The Age of Anxiety)

After the controlled combustibility of their 2015 recording of the Kaddish Symphony, Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony turn to Leonard...

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Thu 19 Jan, 2017:
Mozart: Piano Concertos – No 17 in G major, K453; No 25 in C major, K503

This fifth and (sadly) final instalment in Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart piano concerto series with the Clevelanders more than matches the elevated...

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Wed 18 Jan, 2017:
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op 81; String Quintet in E flat major, Op 97

Everything comes together on this new recording of Dvořák Quintets. The Vogler Quartet, plus guests, find a perfect balance between the rustic charm...

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Thu 12 Jan, 2017:
Debussy: Images; Jeux; La plus que lente

Back in the early 1970s, Michael Tilson Thomas set down an uncommonly perceptive set of Debussy's Images at the helm of the Boston Symphony for...

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Fri 06 Jan, 2017:
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano

Expect to find playing of the utmost relaxation here in Beethoven's three sets of variations on themes by Mozart and Handel, all realised with...

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Thu 05 Jan, 2017:
Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64

Here is the fourth volume in Sebastian Weigle's series of orchestral music by Richard Strauss. Drawing alert and polished playing from his Frankfurt...

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Tue 03 Jan, 2017:
Wuorinen: Eighth Symphony (Theologoumena); Fourth Piano Concerto

Despite Charles Wuorinen’s explanation of the subtitle of his Eighth Symphony – ‘Theologoumena’ – as ‘a private non-dogmatic theological...

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Fri 30 Dec, 2016:
Grétry: L'épreuve villageoise

An entertaining first recording of Grétry’s delightfully frothy opéra comique L’épreuve villageoise (‘The Village Trial’) makes a...

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Thu 29 Dec, 2016:
Danse macabre – Orchestral works by Balakirev, Dukas, Dvořák, Ives, Mussorgsky & Saint-Saëns

Captured live in concert within the accommodating acoustic of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's new home, Kent Nagano's Halloween-inspired programme...

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Wed 28 Dec, 2016:
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater in F minor; Mancini: Sonata No 14 in G minor; Durante: Concerto grosso in F minor

Your liking or otherwise of this recording, taken from a live concert at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 27 June 2016, will most likely...

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