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Thu 13 Dec, 2018:
Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor

Mahler hurts. And he hurts a lot in this symphony, especially when the fires inside are stoked. Klaus Tennstedt did just that in 1983, burnt concealed...

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Mon 10 Dec, 2018:
American Concertos – Bernstein: Serenade, West Side Story: Symphonic Dances; Korngold: Violin Concerto; Rózsa: Violin Concerto

The two programmes of 20th-century American concertos from Baiba Skride coupled together here offer very different listening experiences. Erring on...

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Thu 06 Dec, 2018:
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30; Don Quixote, Op 35

The sixth and final volume in this enjoyable series devoted to Richard Strauss's orchestral works pairs two impressive live performances from March...

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Mon 03 Dec, 2018:
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op 71

Prior to hearing this eminently worthy Los Angeles Philharmonic Nutcracker under the Orchestra’s current Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, I’d been...

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Wed 28 Nov, 2018:
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D 946; ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, D 760; Schubert (arr Liszt): Du bist die Ruh; Die junge; Auf dem Wasser zu singen; Sei mir gegrüsst; Der Wanderer

Leon McCawley’s urgent performances of the three late Schubert Klavierstücke remind me of a long-held ambition to recommend the pieces as...

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Mon 26 Nov, 2018:
Earth & Sky: Choral premieres by Vaughan Williams

Here’s something of a coup for William Vann and the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea (home to the fabled Chelsea Pensioners): 21 first...

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Fri 23 Nov, 2018:
Schreker: Prelude to a Drama; The Birthday of the Infanta; Romantic Suite

Top billing on the sleeve goes to the 1923 orchestral suite based on music that Franz Schreker (1878-1934) had originally supplied for a 1908...

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Wed 21 Nov, 2018:
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581; Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, J182

To those familiar with the usual editions of Mozart’s Quintet, Julian Bliss’s first flourish – beginning on C below middle C and not on G as is...

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Mon 19 Nov, 2018:
James Francis Brown: The Heavens and the Heart

This first recording of choral and orchestral music by James Francis Brown (b.1969) confirms the promise of his debut collection of chamber works on...

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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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Wed 14 Nov, 2018:
Bernstein: Wonderful Town

Simon Rattle’s effervescent third take on Bernstein’s under-appreciated Wonderful Town finds the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra on...

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Mon 12 Nov, 2018:
Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F major, Op 90; Hungarian Dances Nos 11-16; Alto Rhapsody, Op 53; Schubert: Lieder D 369, 541, 719, 778, 838 and 583 (all arr Brahms)

Thomas Dausgaard has already given us Brahms’s first two symphonies, coupled as here with his own Berio-like visitations on various Hungarian...

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Fri 09 Nov, 2018:
Michael Berkeley: Winter Fragments – Catch Me If You Can; Clarinet Quintet; Winter Fragments; Sonnet for Orpheus; Seven

Released to mark his 70th birthday, this rewarding collection of chamber pieces by Michael Berkeley spans half a lifetime. Following their...

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