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Thu 20 Jul, 2017:
Prokofiev: Symphonies – No 1 in D major, Op 25 (Classical); No 7 in C sharp minor, Op 131; Lieutenant Kijé, Op 60 (Suite)

Prokofiev is one of the most approachable of the 20th-century composers. His goals included being as clear as possible in expression. He wrote a few...

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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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Thu 04 May, 2017:
Weinberg: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Here is music for those wishing to explore fresh fields without straying too far from familiar musical languages. On these two discs containing all...

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Mon 13 Mar, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2

Here's a memorable companion release to this team's stimulating take on Elgar's First Symphony (reviewed by Ivor Solomons on 16 March 2015). Drawing...

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Mon 26 Dec, 2016:
Mahler (arr Schoenberg): Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

This is a delectable and interesting pairing. The cover of the CD is a touch misleading, calling it 'Songs by Mahler'. In fact, we have his...

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Mon 11 Jul, 2016:
Bruckner: Symphony No 5 in B flat major (Nowak Edition, 1878)

Here is a compellingly lucid performance of a massive, and tuneful, symphony by Bruckner. The disc is well-filled at nearly 80 minutes, and the...

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Mon 30 May, 2016:
Ireland: Music for String Orchestra – Sonata in G minor, A Downland Suite, In a May Morning, Berceuse, Cavatina etc

Before you plunge into this delicate box of treats, you might like to look at the YouTube video of the performers preparing the recording of John...

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Thu 19 May, 2016:
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony; Symphony No 8 in D minor

On this well-filled disc containing two Vaughan Williams symphonies Andrew Manze directs the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with loads of sympathy for...

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Tue 26 Apr, 2016:
Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor, Op 82; Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor; Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor; Sibelius: Berceuse, Op 79 No 6

At one level, this disc of violin sonatas by Debussy, Elgar and Respighi (not to mention the little encore work by Sibelius) gives us some idea about...

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Fri 11 Mar, 2016:
Chagrin: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

These are world premiere recordings, and bracing ones. Francis Chagrin (1905-1972) was a Romanian who reached the UK when he was in his early 30s....

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Wed 13 Jan, 2016:
Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op 37; Polonia, Op 76; Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op 39

Here the Halle Orchestra's own label provides a solid mix of the well-known, lesser-known and all-but-unknown Elgar. Alice Coote gives a refined if...

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Wed 02 Dec, 2015:
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op 80; Delius: Suite for violin and orchestra; Haydn Wood: Violin Concerto in A minor

This disc raises the interesting question about going outside the mainstream repertoire. If you're worried about unfamiliarity, then you'll find that...

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Thu 05 Nov, 2015:
Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in E major, Op 59; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16

This is, I think, a rather special disc. Completed in 1898, the Piano Concerto in E major by Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925) is cast in four movements,...

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Tue 08 Sep, 2015:
Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast – Complete Incidental Music; Overture in E major; Scène de Ballet; The Language of the Birds (Wedding March); Cortège; Menuetto; Processional, Op 113 No 6

There's a useful question or two to ask the prospective purchaser of discs like this. Firstly: do you like anything by the composer? I'll assume the...

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