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Mon 27 Aug, 2018:
Gál: Piano Trio in E major, Op 18; Variations on a popular Viennese tune, Op 9; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 67

Here's yet another welcome addition to the Hans Gál discography from AVIE Records, this time showcasing his substantial Piano Trio in E major dating...

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Mon 23 Jul, 2018:
Come to Me in My Dreams: 120 Years of Song from the Royal College of Music

Here’s a disc to attract lovers of English art songs, with 29 examples taken from the archives of London’s Royal College of Music including three...

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Wed 27 Jun, 2018:
Alfvén: Symphony No 1 in F minor, Op 7; Drapa, Op 27; Midsommarvaka, Op 19

Volume 1 in a new cycle of Hugo Alfvén symphonies from CPO kicks off in propitious fashion with a dashingly eloquent account of the likeable First...

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Mon 25 Jun, 2018:
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music; Oboe Concerto; Flos Campi; Piano Concerto

Peter Oundjian takes his leave of the Toronto Symphony after 14 years with a composer close to his heart, Vaughan Williams. There’s warmth aplenty...

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Thu 26 Apr, 2018:
Gál: Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op 13; Three Sonatinas for violin and piano, Op 71; Sonatina in F major (1934)

Toccata Classics' third volume devoted to Hans Gál's chamber music launches in propitious style with the substantial Piano Quartet in B flat major...

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Fri 15 Dec, 2017:
Scriabin: Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 29; Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op 20

Thrilling orchestral playing from the Oslo Philharmonic under its dynamic Russian chief – gloriously articulate, finely nuanced and keenly...

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Mon 13 Nov, 2017:
James McCarthy: Codebreaker; Will Todd: Ode to a Nightingale

Codebreaker is an exceptional achievement on numerous counts. The very opening vies in its visceral impact with the opening of Vaughan Williams’s A...

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Fri 20 Oct, 2017:
Aldridge: Sister Carrie

If Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein’s second opera lacks the emotional punch of 2007’s Elmer Gantry, it is no less elegantly...

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Mon 16 Oct, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Osmo Vänskä leads his exuberant Minnesota band in a stimulating, superbly played account of Mahler's darkness-to-joyfulness symphony. For readers...

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Fri 13 Oct, 2017:
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D flat major, Op 10; No 3 in C major, Op 26; Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op 34bis

Enviably polished, supremely tasteful accounts of this appealing repertoire, if not quite the whole story. Simon Trpčeski proves a shapely and...

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Fri 29 Sep, 2017:
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Pribaoutki; Deux Poèmes de Paul Verlaine

Lovers of Stravinsky’s technicoloured tone poem Le chant du rossignol who are not familiar with the work it emerged from may be surprised by the...

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