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Fri 18 Aug, 2017:
Bernstein: Complete Solo Works for Piano

Here’s something to whet the appetite for 2018’s Bernstein centenary celebrations – a first recording of the complete solo piano works more...

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Mon 31 Jul, 2017:
Ligeti: Cello Concerto; Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments; Melodien for orchestra; Piano Concerto

These three concertos, plus the orchestral work Melodien, provide a valuable overview of Ligeti’s stylistic development, from the experimental Cello...

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Wed 26 Jul, 2017:
Wagner: Parsifal

Sir Mark Elder’s Parsifal with the Hallé Orchestra at the 2013 BBC Proms was enthusiastically reviewed at the time but something has been lost in...

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Tue 25 Jul, 2017:
Pretty Yende: A Journey – Arias by Rossini, Delibes, Bellini, Gounod, and Donzietti

This recital of seven scenes and arias marks a significant milestone in Pretty Yende’s journey from the South African townships to a career on...

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Fri 21 Jul, 2017:
Harrison: Violin Concerto; Grand Duo; Double Music (with John Cage)

Lou Harrison’s Violin Concerto owes something to Alban Berg and much, here, to the remarkable fluency of the PostClassical Ensemble. Required to...

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Fri 14 Jul, 2017:
Marek: Sinfonia, Op 28; Kletzki: Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 18

Musiques Suisses claim 'first recording' status for the one-movement Sinfonia (1928) by Polish-born Czesław Marek (1891-1986), but in fact that...

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Wed 12 Jul, 2017:
Dove: In Damascus; Out of Time; Piano Quintet

Composed from remembered impressions of a peaceful Syria to a war-torn text by native poet Ali Safar, Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’ proves a...

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Mon 10 Jul, 2017:
Sibelius: Symphonies – No 1 in E minor, Op 39; No 6, Op 104

The second volume in Thomas Søndergård's Sibelius cycle for Linn with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales brings further compelling evidence of this...

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Wed 05 Jul, 2017:
Impromptu – Piano Pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Dvořák, Gershwin, Ives, Liszt and Schubert

Great programme planning here, the sort that as a radio presenter I would have counted as a feather in my cap. Impromptus of sundry kinds provide Shai...

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Mon 03 Jul, 2017:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C major, Op 15; No 5 in E flat major, Op 73 (Emperor)

How do you interpret Allegro con brio in the first movement of No 1? Carl Czerny, presumably with Beethoven’s approval, suggests the metronome...

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Fri 16 Jun, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies – No 4 in F minor, Op 36; No 5 in E minor, Op 64; No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique)

Christian Lindberg says he adheres to Tchaikovsky’s metronome markings. This allows the Fourth and Pathétique symphonies fitting together on the...

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Mon 12 Jun, 2017:
Bach: St John Passion (Sung in English)

The first St John Passion in English in nearly half a century surpasses its venerable predecessor, Benjamin Britten’s 1971 Decca recording with...

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Wed 07 Jun, 2017:
Gesualdo: Terzo Libro di Madrigale

Gesualdo’s Third Book of Madrigals (1595) marks a turning point, introducing the radical harmonies that would characterise his late work, while...

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