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Thu 30 Nov, 2017:
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626

René Jacobs has long been a Mozartian of distinction and his thoughts on this new completion of Mozart’s Requiem fascinate as much as Pierre-Henri...

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Mon 27 Nov, 2017:
Mayr: Stabat mater in F minor; Eja mater in F major; Ave maris stella in G major

Franz Hauk describes, in the liner notes, how he reconstructed this ‘Stabat Mater’ from two partial versions as no complete version remained. Five...

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Thu 16 Nov, 2017:
Brahms: Piano Trios – No 1 in B major, Op 8; No 2 in C major, Op 87; No 3 in C minor, Op 101

In 1933, Australian pianist William Murdoch described Op 101 as “powerful music, brusque and harsh at times, angular and bad-tempered but mostly...

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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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Fri 27 Oct, 2017:
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13

Vividly captured by the microphones at a concert on 17 November 2016 in London's Royal Festival Hall, this is Vladimir Ashkenazy's third recording of...

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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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Tue 03 Oct, 2017:
Bruckner: Symphony No 9 in D minor

Bit of a non-starter this one. Riccardo Muti goes for grandeur, opting for slow, fluid tempos throughout. But the results are leaden, with the music...

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Tue 26 Sep, 2017:
Sibelius: Piano Works, Volume 2

The great Wilhelm Kempff was an admirer of Sibelius's agreeably pithy Sonatinas, Op 67, with their crisp textures and invigorating part writing....

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Tue 19 Sep, 2017:
Echoes of Land & Sea: Piano music by Britten, Stevenson, Ireland, Roderick Williams, Leighton and Holst

There are gems aplenty in this sensitively played and wholly absorbing survey of British piano music. Maria Marchant brings both power and delicacy to...

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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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