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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 24 Dec, 2018:
Copland: Symphony No 3; Letter from Home; Down a Country Lane; Connotations

Set aside the confusion here (and on the Chandos website) about which volume this is in John Wilson’s vivid, often illuminating Copland survey...

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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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Mon 05 Nov, 2018:
Julian Anderson: Choral Music – My Beloved Spake; Bell Mass; O sing unto the Lord; I saw Eternity; Four American Choruses; Nunc dimittis; Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata quarta

Julian Anderson seems to have come into the world in fully realised compositional maturity. Turning 40 in 2017, he writes with an inherited wisdom...

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Wed 24 Oct, 2018:
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Volume 7 – A major, Hob 5; G major, Hob 6; in E major, Hob 31; F major, Hob 47; C major, Hob 48

A puzzle to set the ball rolling. Why is Hob 47 – the first movement not by Haydn, the two subsequent movements the same as the first two movements...

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Fri 12 Oct, 2018:
Prokofiev: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 44; Chout, Op 21; Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19; Dreams, Op 6

I recently had the good fortune to chance upon a stereo transcription of Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s thrilling Philharmonia Prokofiev Third from the...

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Wed 22 Aug, 2018:
Piston: Symphony No 6; Samuel Jones: Symphony No 3, Palo Duro Canyon; Stephen Albert: Symphony No 2

No symphonic tradition has coalesced into a recognisable signature so quickly or securely as that of America in the last century, as evidenced by the...

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Wed 04 Jul, 2018:
Bernstein: Candide (Overture); On the Waterfront – Symphonic Suite; Fancy Free (Three Dance Variations); On the Town (Three Dance Episodes); West Side Story – Symphonic Dances

Exhilaratingly lithe, rhythmically punchy and (above all) powerfully communicative performances of these Bernstein favourites under Christian...

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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 14 May, 2018:
Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems

It’s always a pleasure to listen to Camille Saint-Saëns’s melodious, well-crafted, innovative and – here – vividly descriptive music, whether...

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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 08 Jan, 2018:
Stravinsky: Chant funèbre, Op 5; Feu d'artifice, Op 4; Scherzo fantastique, Op 3; Le Faune et la Bergère, Op 2; Le Sacre du printemps

Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, written in memory of Rimsky-Korsakov, was lost following its sole performance in 1908 and recently found – numerous...

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Mon 09 Oct, 2017:
Schoenberg: String Quartets – No 2, Op 10; No 4, Op 37

The “catchy little theme” (the sleeve-writer’s phrase) that opens Schoenberg’s Fourth Quartet (1936) always reminds me of Korngold’s Much...

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Wed 20 Sep, 2017:
Schubert: Symphony No 8 in B minor, D759 (Unfinished) – Reconstructed and completed by Mario Venzago

“No one with even a modicum of common sense will claim that in 1822 Schubert sat down with the deliberate aim of writing an incomplete symphony, but...

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