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Thu 21 Jun, 2018:
Haydn: Piano Sonatas – Hoboken 32 in B minor; 40 in G major; 49 in E flat major; 50 in C major

Did Haydn make a mistake in the first movement of No 49? Both halves are written to be repeated, yet the second half takes in the coda which then is...

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Mon 18 Jun, 2018:
Bach: Goldberg Variations

Those familiar with Peter Hill’s accounts of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and French Suites on Delphian will need no encouragement to explore his...

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Mon 11 Jun, 2018:
Portrait of a Lady with Harp: Music for Queen Christina of Sweden by Pasquini, Corelli, Arcadelt, Stradella, Alessandro Scarlatti and anonymous

Here’s a fascinating – and discretely enjoyable – compendium of music by composers championed by Sweden’s fabled Queen Christina. Having...

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Mon 21 May, 2018:
Brahms: Song of Destiny – Works for choir and orchestra

Being purely personal, if I ever had to choose one work from Brahms’s canon, it would be A German Requiem. That would leave me without Song of...

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Mon 16 Apr, 2018:
Mozart: Violin Concertos – No 4 in D major, K218; No 5 in A major, K219 (Turkish)

Nikolaj Znaider begins his survey of Mozart’s violin concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra as both soloist and conductor with temperately...

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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 26 Mar, 2018:
Tippett: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

Bright-eyed, delectably sprung and commendably lithe readings of these two marvellous works (the first instalment in a welcome new Tippett symphony...

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Mon 26 Mar, 2018:
Tippett: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

Bright-eyed, delectably sprung and commendably lithe readings of these two marvellous works (the first instalment in a welcome new Tippett symphony...

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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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Mon 12 Feb, 2018:
Dyson: Choral Symphony; St Paul's Voyage to Melita

George Dyson’s Choral Symphony (1910), composed when he was a student at Oxford, was only discovered recently and is here recorded for the first...

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Mon 29 Jan, 2018:
Four Composers – Four Pieces – Four Hands: Works by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt & Stravinsky

What an interesting and, in the auditioning, persuasive idea – to play four great piano works on different instruments, each contemporary to the...

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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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Mon 04 Dec, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia antartica; Concerto for two pianos and orchestra; Four Last Songs

The Chandos survey of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies begun in the late 1990s by the late Richard Hickox reaches its conclusion with a fine account of...

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