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Wed 21 Aug, 2019:
The North Wind was a Woman – Chamber works by David Bruce

If David Bruce’s Gumboots (coupled with Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, reviewed 30 June 2016) caught the ear, this collection of intimate and...

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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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Thu 25 Apr, 2019:
Grace Williams: Violin Sonata; Sextet for Oboe, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano; Suite for Nine Instruments; Romanza; Sarabande; Rondo for Dancing

Glancingly featured on disc, Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-77) receives a welcome boost with this sympathetically played chamber music...

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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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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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Wed 21 Nov, 2018:
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581; Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, J182

To those familiar with the usual editions of Mozart’s Quintet, Julian Bliss’s first flourish – beginning on C below middle C and not on G as is...

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Wed 07 Nov, 2018:
Bach: Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876 (arr Mozart); Shostakovich: String Quartet No 15 in E flat minor, Op 144; Beethoven: String Quartet No 12 in E flat major, Op 127

I once asked the leader of a distinguished string quartet whether the group’s performances of Beethoven’s Op 130 Quartet altered according to...

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Fri 19 Oct, 2018:
Alissa Firsova: Tennyson Fantasy, Op 36; Bride of the Wind, Op 34; Expressions, Opp 9 & 10; Paradise Poems, Op 22; Fantasy, Op 29

Alissa Firsova’s Tennyson Fantasy has the mark of a modern classic about it. Played here with consummate grace, keening lyricism and biting incision...

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Fri 21 Sep, 2018:
Mozart: Piano Quartets – No 1 in G minor, K478; No 2 in E flat major, K493

Father-and-son pianist and violinist Daniel and Michael Barenboim form an elegant partnership with Berlin Staatskapelle principal viola Yulia Deyneka...

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Thu 30 Aug, 2018:
Robert Gibson: Flux and Fire

This collection of string pieces composed in the decade from 1996 serves as a fine introduction to a composer exquisitely alert to atmosphere and...

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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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Mon 02 Jul, 2018:
Schubert: Octet in F major, D 803; Minuets and Trios, Nos 3 & 5, D 89

Commissioned to write a work modelled on Beethoven’s seminal Septet, Schubert opted for a no less iconic Octet (all the more astonishing for being...

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Mon 25 Jun, 2018:
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music; Oboe Concerto; Flos Campi; Piano Concerto

Peter Oundjian takes his leave of the Toronto Symphony after 14 years with a composer close to his heart, Vaughan Williams. There’s warmth aplenty...

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Mon 07 May, 2018:
Haydn: The Six String Quartets, Op 64

Prepare for the new, which begins with the first movement of No 2. The tempo mark varies according to edition, either Allegro spiritoso or Allegro...

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