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Mon 04 Dec, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia antartica; Concerto for two pianos and orchestra; Four Last Songs

The Chandos survey of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies begun in the late 1990s by the late Richard Hickox reaches its conclusion with a fine account of...

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Mon 13 Nov, 2017:
James McCarthy: Codebreaker; Will Todd: Ode to a Nightingale

Codebreaker is an exceptional achievement on numerous counts. The very opening vies in its visceral impact with the opening of Vaughan Williams’s A...

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Fri 10 Nov, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G major

I thoroughly enjoyed Ádám Fischer's Mahler 7 with his infectiously eager Dusseldorf forces (the first volume in a new symphony cycle, reviewed on 20...

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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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Fri 04 Aug, 2017:
Rossini: Sigismondo

This is a live recording of a rarely performed opera. Sigismondo (King of Poland) believes that his wife, Aldimira, has been executed on his...

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Fri 28 Jul, 2017:
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death (orch Edison Denisov); St John's Night on Bald Mountain; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op 78

Mussorgsky lovers will surely be interested to hear Edison Denisov’s at times subtly re-harmonised settings of the Songs and Dances of Death, the...

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Tue 25 Jul, 2017:
Pretty Yende: A Journey – Arias by Rossini, Delibes, Bellini, Gounod, and Donzietti

This recital of seven scenes and arias marks a significant milestone in Pretty Yende’s journey from the South African townships to a career on...

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Mon 19 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation); Clarinet Sonata: Andante (orch Widmann, 2016); Widmann: Versuch über die Fuge; Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K546

Just a fortnight ago, I reviewed Antonello Manacorda’s Kammerakademie Potsdam version of the Reformation Symphony (Sony Classical), which unusually...

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Tue 30 May, 2017:
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; The Three-Cornered Hat; La vida breve (Interlude and Dance); El amor brujo (Ritual Fire Dance)

This latest addition to Kazuki Yamada's highly desirable series of recordings for Pentatone at the helm of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande serves...

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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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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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Mon 17 Apr, 2017:
Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D minor

The opening horn unison arrests and promises much, Mahler’s Third delivered with the long view typical of Bernard Haitink. He doesn’t...

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Mon 27 Mar, 2017:
Mozart: Mass in C minor, K427 (Great); Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Masaaki Suzuki’s soft-grained period instrument sound is ideal for Bach cantatas, but for Mozart’s large-scale choral music it lacks punch. Suzuki...

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Fri 17 Feb, 2017:
Mitologia: Scenes and Arias from Handel Operas

DHM have assembled here a pleasingly varied collection of Handel arias. Track 4 is Semele's forceful – and, to her, fatal – aria 'No, I'll take no...

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