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Mon 09 Sep, 2019:
Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

Those dominant sevenths in the three opening bars of the Adagio molto introduction to No 1 emerge with a whiplash decisiveness that puts paid to...

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Wed 21 Aug, 2019:
The North Wind was a Woman – Chamber works by David Bruce

If David Bruce’s Gumboots (coupled with Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, reviewed 30 June 2016) caught the ear, this collection of intimate and...

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Thu 01 Aug, 2019:
Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 – C major, K309; A minor, K310; D major, K311; Rondo in A minor, K511

“My concert duly took place yesterday, Wednesday the 22nd….then all of a sudden a magnificent Sonata in C major, out of my head and a Rondo to...

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Tue 16 Jul, 2019:
Ruders: The Thirteenth Child

Released on disc before its first staging at Santa Fe Opera this summer, and sparked by the Brothers Grimm, Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child is a...

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Mon 24 Jun, 2019:
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30; Ein Heldenleben, Op 40

Music-making of beguiling sheen and giddy coordination can be found on this blockbuster of a Strauss coupling from Oslo. And if Vasily Petrenko's...

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Fri 07 Jun, 2019:
Brian: Symphonies Nos 7 and 16; The Tinker's Wedding: Overture

Alexander Walker’s survey of Havergal Brian’s symphonies with the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra is shaping up to be an invaluable series....

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Mon 20 May, 2019:
Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte (The Seven Last Words) – Orchestral Version

Daring to dig deep, daring to be emotional, daring to throw caution to the winds. They were the objectives of six string quartets formed from students...

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Fri 03 May, 2019:
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op 120; Bagatelles, Op 119; Bagatelle ‘Für Elise’ WoO 59

Whatever Beethoven thought of Diabelli’s waltz (in two halves, each half repeated), it was the source of a unique set of variations that don’t...

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Mon 01 Apr, 2019:
David Fennessy: Panopticon; Piano Trio (Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman); 13 Factories; Hirta Rounds

There’s so much to admire, be intrigued, excited, engaged and pleased by in this fascinating collection of pieces by the Irish composer David...

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Mon 25 Mar, 2019:
Elgar: The Wand of Youth – Suites Nos 1 & 2, Opp 1a & 1b; Nursery Suite; Salut d'amour, Op 12; Chanson de nuit, Op 15 No 1

This latest offering in Sir Mark Elder's Elgar series with the Hallé strikes me as an unbridled success. Subtitled 'Music to a child's play' and...

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Thu 14 Mar, 2019:
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27; The Isle of the Dead, Op 29

Andrew Gourlay secures refreshingly lithe and conspicuously articulate accounts of both these Rachmaninov masterworks on this first in-house release...

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Mon 11 Mar, 2019:
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphonies – No 1 in E minor; No 4 in D minor

All but forgotten in the years following her death in 1953 at the age of 63, Florence Beatrice Price’s claim to fame lies in her being the first...

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