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Mon 21 Aug, 2017:
In Schubert's Company: Works by Schubert, Akhunov, Desyatnikov & Tabakova

Violist Maxim Rysanov has here assembled an innovative collection of viola music around the works of Schubert, including modern interpretations by...

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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 09 Aug, 2017:
Schubert: String Quartet No 14 in D minor, D810 (Death and the Maiden); Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, Op 56 (Voces intimae)

Death, or the foreboding of it, infuses this pairing of Schubert and Sibelius quartets, to make you wonder why they have never been recorded together...

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Mon 07 Aug, 2017:
Mali in Oak

Recorded live in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London during a series of concerts curated by guitarist John...

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Tue 18 Jul, 2017:
Brahms: Cello Sonatas – No 1 in E minor, Op 38; No 2 in F major, Op 99; Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op 102

Uncommonly sensitive and thoughtful music-making from these accomplished performers. Playing on a gut-stringed replica of a 1695 instrument by Matteo...

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Wed 12 Jul, 2017:
Dove: In Damascus; Out of Time; Piano Quintet

Composed from remembered impressions of a peaceful Syria to a war-torn text by native poet Ali Safar, Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’ proves a...

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Wed 28 Jun, 2017:
Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Lindberg: The Erratic Dreams of Mr Grönstedt

Beware Swedish cognac. Over-indulgence took Christian Lindberg into a world of hallucinogenic make-believe, out of which came his delirious clarinet...

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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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Fri 09 Jun, 2017:
Bartók: The Six String Quartets

I’d call this a radical re-think of the Bartók quartet cycle, as different to the taut, rhythmically propulsive Americans (Juilliards, Emersons,...

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Mon 05 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 3 in A minor, Op 56 (Scottish); No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation)

A superb coupling that harbours a major surprise. Like Yannick Nézet-Séguin on his memorable new complete set of Mendelssohn’s numbered symphonies...

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Fri 02 Jun, 2017:
Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works

Distilled from his score for choreographer Wayne McGregor’s ‘Woolf Works’, staged by the Royal Ballet in 2015, ‘Three Worlds’ finds Max...

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Mon 29 May, 2017:
Room 29

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker’s debut on the venerable Yellow Label serves up a song-cycle voyeuristically detailing the imagined...

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Fri 19 May, 2017:
Ives: Symphony No 3 (The Camp Meeting); Symphony No 4; Orchestral Set No 2

Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony complete their cycle of Ives orchestral works in excellent form. The playing is committed, and the SACD...

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