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Fri 16 Nov, 2018:
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55 (Eroica); Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 11

Let’s talk Strauss first, not yet nineteen when he composed this concerto, the tough horn part foxing his father for whom it was written. Not...

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Mon 05 Mar, 2018:
Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Composed as the monarchy was falling foul of public favour, Purcell’s Welcome Songs for King James II are perfectly poised pieces of royal...

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Mon 22 Jan, 2018:
Bruckner: Symphony No 6 in A major

Bernard Haitink stresses the Classical lineage of Bruckner’s wonderful Sixth Symphony. Tempos are ideally chosen in themselves and in relationship...

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Mon 18 Sep, 2017:
Dean: Dramatis Personae; Francesconi: Hard Pace

Has anyone done more for the trumpet repertoire in recent decades than Håkan Hardenberger? This latest offering includes two barnstorming pieces...

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Fri 14 Jul, 2017:
Marek: Sinfonia, Op 28; Kletzki: Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 18

Musiques Suisses claim 'first recording' status for the one-movement Sinfonia (1928) by Polish-born Czesław Marek (1891-1986), but in fact that...

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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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Wed 22 Mar, 2017:
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos – No 1 in C minor, Op 35; No 2 in F major, Op 102; String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op 110 (arr Giltburg for piano)

Although one may raise an eyebrow that it has been done at all, Boris Giltburg’s transcription of Shostakovich’s desolate and searing Eighth...

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Tue 11 Oct, 2016:
Mozart: Piano Concertos – No 11 in F major, K 413; No 12 in A major, K 414; No 13 in C major, K 415

Perform these concertos as originally scored to include winds – Mozart also sanctioned strings only – and the flavour of oboes and horns,...

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Fri 02 Sep, 2016:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 1 in C minor, Op 11; No 4 in A minor, Op 90 (Italian); Widmann: Ad absurdum (Concerto for trumpet and small orchestra)

The strings and woodwind of the Irish Chamber Orchestra sound wholly at home in this briskly uneven brace of Mendelssohn symphonies. It’s the...

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Tue 30 Aug, 2016:
Mahler: Symphony No 10 (performing version by Deryck Cooke)

I’ve sometimes had my doubts about the efficacy of various Mahler Ten ‘performing versions’, Deryck Cooke’s being the most well-known and...

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Thu 04 Aug, 2016:
Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major; Blumine

The opening of this Mahler 1 fades in without ambience, with a suspicion of over-processing, and the distant trumpets come across as artificial. Given...

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Wed 18 May, 2016:
Prokofiev: Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100; Scythian Suite, Op 20

Many impressive details arrest the ear, not least the glistening aura of ‘The Sun’s Procession’ at the close of the Scythian Suite, a sunrise...

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