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Mon 11 Feb, 2019:
Beethoven: Mass in C major, Op 86; Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b

What did Beethoven mean by the tempo marking ‘Andante con moto assai vivace quasi Allegretto ma non troppo’ at the head of the Kyrie? Mariss...

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Thu 07 Feb, 2019:
Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No 3 (Peace Shall Defeat War); Grazhyna

With a fiercely committed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in tow, Kirill Karabits makes a powerful claim for the Third Symphony (of five) by his fellow...

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Mon 04 Feb, 2019:
Schumann: Papillons, Op 2; Kinderszenen, Op 15; Brahms: 3 Intermezzi, Op 117; 6 Klavierstücke, Op 118

Mentored by the great Denis Matthews (the centenary of whose birth falls this year), Sarah Beth Briggs displays her customary composure, intelligence,...

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Mon 28 Jan, 2019:
Bach: Partita No 4 in D major; Italian Concerto; Chaconne from Violin Partita in D minor (arranged for piano by Busoni)

The philosophy of an erstwhile musician re-ignites. For Edwin Fischer (1886-1960) Bach “towered above the centuries, but to interpret his works...

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Mon 21 Jan, 2019:
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale (l’Histoire du soldat), “to be read, played, and danced,” on a libretto by C F Ramuz; English translation by Michael Flanders

Most of us know the miniature masterpiece by its French title, l’Histoire du soldat, and in its 30-minute suite form without the narration. This...

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Thu 17 Jan, 2019:
Chausson: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 3; Fauré: Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120; Satie: Prière pour le salut de mon âme; Le Piège de Méduse

Admirers of the Fidelio Trio’s earlier Resonus coupling of Ravel and Saint-Saëns (reviewed 9 January 2017) will need no urging to investigate this...

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Thu 10 Jan, 2019:
Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane

Remarkably, this live concert recording is only the second on disc of Korngold’s fourth opera, the first, with a starry cast led by John Mauceri,...

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Mon 07 Jan, 2019:
Stravinsky: Petrushka, ballet in four tableaux (1911); Jeu de cartes, “ballet in three deals” (1936)

This lively rendition of the 1911 Petrushka is a convincing endorsement of the great story ballet, composed just one year after Firebird, that for...

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Mon 17 Dec, 2018:
Harbison: Requiem

Although John Harbison began his powerful, potent Requiem as early as 1985, he completed it in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It...

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Thu 13 Dec, 2018:
Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor

Mahler hurts. And he hurts a lot in this symphony, especially when the fires inside are stoked. Klaus Tennstedt did just that in 1983, burnt concealed...

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Mon 03 Dec, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op 71

Prior to hearing this eminently worthy Los Angeles Philharmonic Nutcracker under the Orchestra’s current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, I’d been...

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Fri 16 Nov, 2018:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica); Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 11

Let’s talk Strauss first, not yet nineteen when he composed this concerto, the tough horn part foxing his father for whom it was written. Not...

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Fri 09 Nov, 2018:
Michael Berkeley: Winter Fragments – Catch Me If You Can; Clarinet Quintet; Winter Fragments; Sonnet for Orpheus; Seven

Released to mark his 70th birthday, this rewarding collection of chamber pieces by Michael Berkeley spans half a lifetime. Following their...

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Wed 31 Oct, 2018:
Debussy: Harmonie du soir – Mélodies / Songs

Marking the centenary of Debussy’s death, this collection of mélodies and songs “set in the land of the Symbolist and Impressionist poets” is...

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