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Mon 31 Dec, 2018:
Elgar: The Hills of Dreamland – Orchestral Songs; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42

Too long overlooked and in need of a champion, Elgar’s songs may just have found one in Kathryn Rudge. Dip into the rapt reverie of Pleading (whose...

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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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Mon 12 Mar, 2018:
Elgar: Falstaff, Op 68; Songs, Op 59; Songs, Op 60; Two Movements from Grania and Diarmid; The Wind at Dawn; The Pipes of Pan; Pleading; The King’s Way; Kindly Do Not Smoke

Sir Andrew Davis’s long association with Elgar’s Falstaff bears ripe, thoroughly satisfying fruit here in his third recording of the work (his...

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Thu 30 Nov, 2017:
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626

René Jacobs has long been a Mozartian of distinction and his thoughts on this new completion of Mozart’s Requiem fascinate as much as Pierre-Henri...

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Mon 28 Aug, 2017:
Pfitzner: Die Rose vom Liebesgarten

Here’s a curio. Pfitzner’s Die Rose vom Liebesgarten was already sounding anachronistic when first staged in 1905. A Lohengrin-like,...

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Wed 26 Jul, 2017:
Wagner: Parsifal

Sir Mark Elder’s Parsifal with the Hallé Orchestra at the 2013 BBC Proms was enthusiastically reviewed at the time but something has been lost in...

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Fri 02 Sep, 2016:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 1 in C minor, Op 11; No 4 in A minor, Op 90 (Italian); Widmann: Ad absurdum (Concerto for trumpet and small orchestra)

The strings and woodwind of the Irish Chamber Orchestra sound wholly at home in this briskly uneven brace of Mendelssohn symphonies. It’s the...

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Thu 01 Sep, 2016:
Reger: 33 Songs

Max Reger deserves better than his reputation as dour composer of organ music often affords him. Should you doubt this, then I suggest his large song...

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Tue 09 Aug, 2016:
Wainwright: Take All My Loves – 9 Shakespeare Sonnets

Rufus Wainwright follows last year’s homage to Maria Callas (Prima Donna, reviewed 22 December 2015) with a tribute to Shakespeare marking the 400th...

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Mon 04 Jan, 2016:
Lang Lang in Paris – Chopin: The 4 Scherzi; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op 37a

Lang Lang’s pairing of Chopin’s Four Scherzi with Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons is an interesting if uneven affair in this 2-CD release made at...

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Tue 29 Dec, 2015:
Larsson: Symphony No 2, Op 17; Variations for Orchestra, Op 50; Barococo: Suite for Orchestra, Op 64

Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-86) wrote his Symphony No 2 in 1937. The twin peaks of Scandinavian music – Nielsen and (especially)...

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