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Mon 11 Jun, 2018:
Portrait of a Lady with Harp: Music for Queen Christina of Sweden by Pasquini, Corelli, Arcadelt, Stradella, Alessandro Scarlatti and anonymous

Here’s a fascinating – and discretely enjoyable – compendium of music by composers championed by Sweden’s fabled Queen Christina. Having...

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Mon 07 May, 2018:
Haydn: The Six String Quartets, Op 64

Prepare for the new, which begins with the first movement of No 2. The tempo mark varies according to edition, either Allegro spiritoso or Allegro...

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Thu 26 Apr, 2018:
Gál: Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op 13; Three Sonatinas for violin and piano, Op 71; Sonatina in F major (1934)

Toccata Classics' third volume devoted to Hans Gál's chamber music launches in propitious style with the substantial Piano Quartet in B flat major...

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Mon 16 Apr, 2018:
Mozart: Violin Concertos – No 4 in D major, K218; No 5 in A major, K219 (Turkish)

Nikolaj Znaider begins his survey of Mozart’s violin concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra as both soloist and conductor with temperately...

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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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Thu 29 Mar, 2018:
A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland – Electro-acoustic music by 13 Irish composers

A companion to 2013’s On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics, the beautifully packaged A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland brings Dublin-based Heresy...

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Mon 05 Feb, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (Pathétique)

Opening with an electronic click, and the suspicion we are missing a smidgen of the double-bass start, Teodor Currentzis is contrived in his approach,...

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Tue 26 Dec, 2017:
Ešenvalds: The Doors of Heaven – The First Tears; Rivers of Light; A Drop in the Ocean; Passion and Resurrection

The young Latvian Ēric Ešenvalds’s profile on disc receives a boost from this richly sung collection of works featuring the Portland State Chamber...

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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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