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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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Wed 26 Sep, 2018:
Blitzstein: The Cradle Will Rock

Here’s an invaluable release for anyone interested in American musical theatre’s operatic leanings: the first full recording of Marc...

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Fri 21 Sep, 2018:
Mozart: Piano Quartets – No 1 in G minor, K478; No 2 in E flat major, K493

Father-and-son pianist and violinist Daniel and Michael Barenboim form an elegant partnership with Berlin Staatskapelle principal viola Yulia Deyneka...

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Mon 10 Sep, 2018:
Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 2 – Études dans le genre Fugué, Op 97; Fugue, Op 36 No 12

This second volume in Ivan Ilić’s enterprising championing of the forgotten piano music of Antoine Reicha (1770-1836) is every bit as good as its...

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Fri 17 Aug, 2018:
Diamond: Symphony No 6; Rounds for String Orchestra; Romeo and Juliet

Composed in the decade from 1944, the three works here – examples of 20th-century American symphonic music at its most acutely lyrical, relaxed and...

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Mon 06 Aug, 2018:
McLeod: Out of the Silence; Percussion Concerto; The Shostakovich Connection; Hebridean Dances

Eighty-four this year, John McLeod’s profile continues to rise with a quartet of full-bodied orchestral pieces from Evelyn Glennie and the Royal...

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