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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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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 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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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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Mon 17 Dec, 2018:
Harbison: Requiem

Although John Harbison began his powerful, potent Requiem as early as 1985, he completed it in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It...

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Mon 10 Dec, 2018:
American Concertos – Bernstein: Serenade, West Side Story: Symphonic Dances; Korngold: Violin Concerto; Rózsa: Violin Concerto

The two programmes of 20th-century American concertos from Baiba Skride coupled together here offer very different listening experiences. Erring on...

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Thu 06 Dec, 2018:
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30; Don Quixote, Op 35

The sixth and final volume in this enjoyable series devoted to Richard Strauss's orchestral works pairs two impressive live performances from March...

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Fri 23 Nov, 2018:
Schreker: Prelude to a Drama; The Birthday of the Infanta; Romantic Suite

Top billing on the sleeve goes to the 1923 orchestral suite based on music that Franz Schreker (1878-1934) had originally supplied for a 1908...

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Mon 19 Nov, 2018:
James Francis Brown: The Heavens and the Heart

This first recording of choral and orchestral music by James Francis Brown (b.1969) confirms the promise of his debut collection of chamber works on...

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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 22 Oct, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies – No 2 in C minor, Op 17 (Little Russian); No 3 in D major, Op 29 (Polish)

Vladimir Jurowski’s complete live set of Tchaikovsky symphonies (available on LPO LPO-0101) proved something of a mixed blessing and this 2016...

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Thu 09 Aug, 2018:
Harbison: Symphony No 4; Ruggles: Sun-Treader; Stucky: Second Concerto for Orchestra

By no means the definitive American symphony, John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony (dating from 2004) is nonetheless a quintessential example. In five...

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Mon 06 Aug, 2018:
McLeod: Out of the Silence; Percussion Concerto; The Shostakovich Connection; Hebridean Dances

Eighty-four this year, John McLeod’s profile continues to rise with a quartet of full-bodied orchestral pieces from Evelyn Glennie and the Royal...

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