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Tue 11 Apr, 2017:
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64; Tod und Verklärung, Op 24

If I may express a purely personal preference, these are consistently my two favourite Strauss pieces. Alpine Symphony, first on the disc and afforded...

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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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Thu 08 Dec, 2016:
Liszt: Transcendental – Études d'éxécution transcendante, S 139; Two Concert Etudes, S 145; Three Concert Etudes, S 144; Grandes études de Paganini, S 141

This set's title, “Transcendental”, also describes Daniil Trifonov’s technique to a nicety. But rising above pianism of precision and torrential...

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Fri 04 Nov, 2016:
Berlioz: Symphonie fanstastique, Op 14; Rameau: Suite de Hippolyte et Aricie

Back in 1733, Rameau turned tables with Hippolyte et Aricie. Today it may also be radical to hear it played on modern instruments, as here. But...

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Thu 11 Aug, 2016:
Satie: Piano Works

Russian-German pianist Olga Scheps marks the 150th anniversary of Erik Satie’s birth with a programme that mixes perennial favourites like the Six...

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Wed 27 Jul, 2016:
Rouse: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4; Odna Zhizn; Prospero's Rooms

Back in 1993, the American composer Christopher Rouse, a very significant talent in my view, famously composed a moving flute concerto dedicated to...

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Wed 25 May, 2016:
Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas

I wouldn’t claim to have heard each one of Domenico Scarlatti’s 555 Keyboard Sonatas (but I’d like to), for those many I do know are each the...

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Mon 15 Feb, 2016:
Badings: Symphonies Nos 4 and 5

Critically acclaimed, and widely performed and commissioned in his lifetime, Henk Badings (1907-1987) was a prominent composer and important educator,...

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Thu 17 Dec, 2015:
Schubert: Nacht und Träume – 17 Lieder

This first disc in a projected series of Schubert songs with Iain Burnside at the piano and a changing roster of singers gets the enterprise off to a...

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Mon 30 Nov, 2015:
Berg Lyric Suite; Wellesz: Sonette der Elisabeth Barrett Browning, Op 52; Zeisl: Komm, süsser Tod

This disc is the best recording of Berg’s epic Lyric Suite I have yet heard, surpassing even the still-wonderful Juilliard Quartet performance of...

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Fri 06 Nov, 2015:
Haydn: Symphonies – No 31 in D major (Hornsignal); No 70 in D major; No 101 in D major (The Clock)

It was tough for horns in 1938; so when Arturo Toscanini conducted Symphony No 31 he omitted the repeats in their toughest test, the fourth variation...

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Tue 03 Nov, 2015:
Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F sharp minor, Op 10; Somervell: Clarinet Quintet in G major; Walthew: A short Quintet in E flat major

The expressive clarinet is the anchoring focus of these amiable British works. All three composers on this disc have obviously had Brahms’s famous...

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Mon 07 Sep, 2015:
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Just as actors need to have ‘their’ Hamlet or Ophelia on tap, so today’s pianists are at the ready with ‘their’ Goldbergs. Tureck and Gould...

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Thu 03 Sep, 2015:
Simpson: 20 Ayres for two trebles and two basses; Four Divisions

Christopher Simpson (c1605-69) remains best known – to those in the know at least – as the author of a treatise called “The Division Viol”,...

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