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Wed 25 Oct, 2017:
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 (Organ); Carnival of the Animals

Here's an arrestingly characterised reading of Saint-Saëns's indestructible zoological entertainment, for which Antonio Pappano and instrumental...

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Fri 01 Sep, 2017:
Ravel: L'heure espagnole; Chabrier: España

The earlier of Maurice Ravel’s two operas, L’heure espagnole (1908) shares some of the comic spirit of his later one, L’enfant et les...

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Thu 17 Aug, 2017:
Brahms: Symphonies – No 1 in C minor, Op 68; No 2 in D major, Op 73; No 3 in F major, Op 90; No 4 in E minor, Op 98

Andris Nelsons leads his golden-toned Bostonians in memorably supple, entrancingly organic and thrillingly alive readings of all four Brahms...

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Wed 16 Aug, 2017:
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet); Une barque sur l'océan

The place to start is at the end, a pastel-shaded yet threatening and turbulent Une barque sur l’océan, one of the two for-piano Miroirs that Ravel...

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Tue 11 Jul, 2017:
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op 37b; Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 37 (Grand Sonata)

My youthful entry point into Tchaikovsky’s ‘Grand Sonata’ was Sviatoslav Richter’s mono Melodiya recording, which to be truthful is, for all...

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Wed 14 Jun, 2017:
Brahms: Die schöne Magelone, Op 33

Brahms’s 15 Romances from Ludwig Tieck’s ‘The Wondrous Love Story of the Beautiful Magelone and Count Peter of Provence’ make up a romantic...

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Mon 12 Jun, 2017:
Bach: St John Passion (Sung in English)

The first St John Passion in English in nearly half a century surpasses its venerable predecessor, Benjamin Britten’s 1971 Decca recording with...

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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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Mon 10 Apr, 2017:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica); Overture – Fidelio, Op 72

From his day to today, debates rage over Beethoven’s metronome markings which he saw as “a welcome means of assuring the performances of my...

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Tue 21 Mar, 2017:
Hungarian Treasures – Bartók: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op 20; Dohnányi: Piano Quartet in F sharp minor; Kodály: Intermezzo for string trio

Bartók’s C minor Piano Quartet shouldn’t be confused with his rather better-known C major Piano Quintet of roughly five years later. The work, as...

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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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Tue 07 Mar, 2017:
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op 40; Don Juan, Op 20

Paavo Järvi's new Richard Strauss series for RCA with the NHK Symphony Orchestra is launched in handsome style with a ripely engineered Don Juan...

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