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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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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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Fri 05 May, 2017:
Great American Sonatas – Bernstein: Piano Sonata; Copland: Piano Sonata; Harrison: Piano Sonata No 3, Largo Ostinato; Ives: Three-Page Sonata, The Celestial Railroad

If the sonata represents the piano repertoire’s proverbial Everest, Nathan Williamson’s intelligently vivid recital suggests there is more than...

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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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