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Wed 30 May, 2018:
Calen-O – Songs from the North of Ireland by Howard Ferguson, Hamilton Harty, Joan Trimble and Charles Wood

There’s no mistaking Carolyn Dobbin’s committed advocacy in this collection of songs from her native Northern Ireland. With ever-adroit...

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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 12 Feb, 2018:
Dyson: Choral Symphony; St Paul's Voyage to Melita

George Dyson’s Choral Symphony (1910), composed when he was a student at Oxford, was only discovered recently and is here recorded for the first...

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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 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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