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Thu 19 Apr, 2018:
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas – No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight); No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 (Hammerklavier)

Turn to the pensive limpidity of the Hammerklavier’s Adagio or the seething turbulence of the Moonlight’s finale for the measure of the quality of...

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Thu 12 Apr, 2018:
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas – No 4 in A minor, Op 23; No 5 in F major, Op 24 (Spring); No 7 in C minor, Op 30 No 2

Joseph Kerman believed that for Beethoven, the violin sonata was “never a very solemn form”. But it could be a passionate one, the forthright...

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Tue 03 Apr, 2018:
Sibelius: Tapiola, Op 112; En Saga, Op 9; Eight Songs (orch Aulis Sallinen)

Sibelius called En Saga a tone poem but never revealed its story, only saying “It has got a down-home feeling. How could one think of anything but...

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Mon 22 Jan, 2018:
Bruckner: Symphony No 6 in A major

Bernard Haitink stresses the Classical lineage of Bruckner’s wonderful Sixth Symphony. Tempos are ideally chosen in themselves and in relationship...

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Fri 15 Dec, 2017:
Scriabin: Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 29; Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op 20

Thrilling orchestral playing from the Oslo Philharmonic under its dynamic Russian chief – gloriously articulate, finely nuanced and keenly...

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Thu 07 Dec, 2017:
Rameau: Pygmalion; Les Fȇtes de Polymnie Suite d’orchestra

A reminder of why Rameau’s Pygmalion should have been so popular in the composer’s lifetime (and why it has remained in the repertoire) comes in...

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Mon 27 Nov, 2017:
Mayr: Stabat mater in F minor; Eja mater in F major; Ave maris stella in G major

Franz Hauk describes, in the liner notes, how he reconstructed this ‘Stabat Mater’ from two partial versions as no complete version remained. Five...

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Thu 16 Nov, 2017:
Brahms: Piano Trios – No 1 in B major, Op 8; No 2 in C major, Op 87; No 3 in C minor, Op 101

In 1933, Australian pianist William Murdoch described Op 101 as “powerful music, brusque and harsh at times, angular and bad-tempered but mostly...

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Wed 08 Nov, 2017:
Joubert: Missa Wellensis, Op 174; Locus iste, Op 175; St Mark Passion, Op 180

In his 90th year, John Joubert’s profile continues to rise after the success of Jane Eyre (reviewed 28 April 2017) with this trio of direct, sincere...

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Mon 06 Nov, 2017:
Mozart: Piano Concertos – No 14 in E flat major, K449; No 19 in F major, K459; Divertimento in D major, K136; Divertimento in F major, K138

Nine-foot concert grand, small band; and disparity is clear. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s initial entry in K449 is loud and forward; and the Manchester...

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Fri 27 Oct, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13

Vividly captured by the microphones at a concert on 17 November 2016 in London's Royal Festival Hall, this is Vladimir Ashkenazy's third recording of...

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Fri 13 Oct, 2017:
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos – No 1 in D flat major, Op 10; No 3 in C major, Op 26; Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op 34bis

Enviably polished, supremely tasteful accounts of this appealing repertoire, if not quite the whole story. Simon Trpčeski proves a shapely and...

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