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Mon 15 May, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No 3); Symphony No 4 in F minor

This second volume in Andrew Manze's Vaughan Williams symphony cycle for Onyx Classics (Volume 1 was reviewed on 19 May 2016) couples polished...

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Sun 30 Apr, 2017:
Perfido! – Concert arias by Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

The theme linking these concert arias is that of treachery, disloyalty and infidelity, reflected in wonderfully stirring music and in this disc's...

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Thu 15 Dec, 2016:
Salieri: La scuola de' gelosi

The chief protagonists in this comic opera are a philandering Count and his sadly jealous Countess; and Blasio, a grain merchant, who is madly jealous...

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Mon 31 Oct, 2016:
Celtic Airs

There is a uniquely plangent beauty to Irish traditional music, its exquisite lyricism often masking a poignant melancholy that recalls Sheridan’s...

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Fri 01 Jul, 2016:
Scriabin: Symphonies – No 1 in E major, Op 26; No 2 in C minor, Op 29

This must be one of the final recordings from Valery Gergiev as the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, and it is an impressive...

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Mon 22 Feb, 2016:
Alessandro Scarlatti: Con eco d'amore – Arias from operas and cantatas

Much-lauded soprano Elizabeth Watts here takes on some little-known repertoire by Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) – not the harpsichordist, but his...

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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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Fri 04 Sep, 2015:
Insomnia – Works by Britten, Buck/Mills/Stipe, Couperin (arr Adès), Dean, Gurney (arr Farrington), Lennon/McCartney (arr Farrington) and Ligeti

It says something about the current state of the recording industry that this second release from the Aurora Orchestra (which celebrates its 10th...

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Tue 01 Sep, 2015:
Pott: Sonata for Viola and Piano (Tooryn Vannin – The Towers of Man); Einzige Tage

These two substantial pieces by Francis Pott (b 1957) include his impressive 30-minute Sonata for Viola and Piano (2013), inspired by architecture and...

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Wed 15 Jul, 2015:
Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'; The Wasps (Overture)

Vaughan Williams's A Pastoral Symphony (1922) post-dates his seminal Tallis Fantasia (probably the single most important British work of its time) by...

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Wed 08 Jul, 2015:
Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F major, Op 68 (Pastoral); Egmont, Op 84 (Overture)

Klaus Tennstedt’s deeply felt affinity with Beethoven shines through in these live recordings from late 1991 (Egmont Overture) and early 1992...

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Fri 03 Jul, 2015:
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 (Organ); Symphony in A major (1850); Le rouet d'Omphale, Op 31

Saint-Saëns’s so-called Organ Symphony is always welcome – the composer designated it “avec orgue”: after all, the instrument is but part of...

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