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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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Fri 21 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op 123

“I know that God is nearer to me than to other artists; I associate with Him without fear.” Thus spake Beethoven – with certainty. But the Missa...

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Mon 10 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica); Overture – Fidelio, Op 72

From his day to today, debates rage over Beethoven’s metronome markings which he saw as “a welcome means of assuring the performances of my...

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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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Thu 30 Mar, 2017:
Holst: The Planets, Op 32; Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30

Strange how a simple instruction 'Sehr breit' (very broad) with a metronome marking of crotchet=69 should draw from Serge Koussevitzky – the...

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Fri 24 Mar, 2017:
Mayr: Telemaco

The goddess Calipso, spurned by Ulysses, determines to avenge herself on his son Telemaco who is shipwrecked on her island. She desires his love or...

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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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Wed 08 Feb, 2017:
Ruders: Symphony No 5

This release is the 10th in Bridge Classics’ ongoing series devoted to Poul Ruders, a valuable project showcasing a distinctive and adventurous...

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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 24 Jan, 2017:
Schubert: String Quartets – No 12 in C minor, D703 (Quartettsatz); No 15 in G major, D887

After forays into Haydn and Brett Dean, the wide-ranging Doric String Quartet return to Schubert for blistering performances of two sinewy late works....

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Fri 13 Jan, 2017:
Bach: The Six French Suites

For his debut on the Yellow Label after more than four decades with Sony, Murray Perahia returns brilliantly to Bach. Composed between 1722 and 1725...

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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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Wed 04 Jan, 2017:
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op 36; In the South (Alassio), Op 50; Carillon, Op 75; Une voix dans le désert, Op 77; Le drapeau belge, Op 79; Pleading, Op 48

In the South swaggers in as it should, but Vivace here isn’t as thrusting as might have been expected. Restraint hints at thoughtfulness; and Martyn...

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