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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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Mon 29 Oct, 2018:
Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944 (Great)

Mariss Jansons doesn’t exactly steal in. He turns the opening eight-bar horn call marked piano into a forthright statement, and though he...

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Wed 24 Oct, 2018:
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 – A major, Hob 5; G major, Hob 6; in E major, Hob 31; F major, Hob 47; C major, Hob 48

A puzzle to set the ball rolling. Why is Hob 47 – the first movement not by Haydn, the two subsequent movements the same as the first two movements...

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Fri 19 Oct, 2018:
Alissa Firsova: Tennyson Fantasy, Op 36; Bride of the Wind, Op 34; Expressions, Opp 9 & 10; Paradise Poems, Op 22; Fantasy, Op 29

Alissa Firsova’s Tennyson Fantasy has the mark of a modern classic about it. Played here with consummate grace, keening lyricism and biting incision...

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Fri 21 Sep, 2018:
Mozart: Piano Quartets – No 1 in G minor, K478; No 2 in E flat major, K493

Father-and-son pianist and violinist Daniel and Michael Barenboim form an elegant partnership with Berlin Staatskapelle principal viola Yulia Deyneka...

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Tue 18 Sep, 2018:
Alice Sara Ott: Nightfall – Debussy: Rêverie; Suite bergamasque; Satie: Gnossiennes Nos 1 & 3; Gymnopédie No 1; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Pavane pour une infante défunte

Atmosphere and mood are key in this collection of piano pieces marking night’s emergence. It’s by no means a new theme and not so long ago would...

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Thu 02 Aug, 2018:
Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) – complete ballet; Shéhérazade – ouverture de féerie; Le Tombeau de Couperin – Suite d'orchestre

François-Xavier Roth and his remarkable period-instrument band Les Siècles follow up their electrifying account of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé...

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Mon 30 Jul, 2018:
Michel Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres

Setting texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah and dating from the early 1620s, Michel Lambert’s Leçons de Ténèbres are a remarkable exercise in...

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Mon 23 Jul, 2018:
Come to Me in My Dreams: 120 Years of Song from the Royal College of Music

Here’s a disc to attract lovers of English art songs, with 29 examples taken from the archives of London’s Royal College of Music including three...

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Thu 19 Jul, 2018:
Bach: Violin Concertos – No 1 in A minor, BWV 1041; No 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Partita for Solo Violin No 2, BWV 1004

Seventeen-year-old Swedish virtuoso Daniel Lozakovich makes an accomplished debut on the Yellow Label with intelligently chosen repertoire in...

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