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Mon 20 May, 2019:
Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte (The Seven Last Words) – Orchestral Version

Daring to dig deep, daring to be emotional, daring to throw caution to the winds. They were the objectives of six string quartets formed from students...

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Fri 03 May, 2019:
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op 120; Bagatelles, Op 119; Bagatelle ‘Für Elise’ WoO 59

Whatever Beethoven thought of Diabelli’s waltz (in two halves, each half repeated), it was the source of a unique set of variations that don’t...

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Mon 01 Apr, 2019:
David Fennessy: Panopticon; Piano Trio (Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman); 13 Factories; Hirta Rounds

There’s so much to admire, be intrigued, excited, engaged and pleased by in this fascinating collection of pieces by the Irish composer David...

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Mon 25 Mar, 2019:
Elgar: The Wand of Youth – Suites Nos 1 & 2, Opp 1a & 1b; Nursery Suite; Salut d'amour, Op 12; Chanson de nuit, Op 15 No 1

This latest offering in Sir Mark Elder's Elgar series with the Hallé strikes me as an unbridled success. Subtitled 'Music to a child's play' and...

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Mon 04 Mar, 2019:
Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39; En Saga, Op 9

The start of a Sibelius series from the Gothenburg Symphony under its new 33-year-old chief conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali – and a most auspicious...

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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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