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Mon 19 Feb, 2018:
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op 61; Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 26

Rachel Barton Pine lends enviably stylish, articulate and communicative advocacy to both these masterworks, and receives admirably alert, pliable and...

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Mon 12 Feb, 2018:
Dyson: Choral Symphony; St Paul's Voyage to Melita

George Dyson’s Choral Symphony (1910), composed when he was a student at Oxford, was only discovered recently and is here recorded for the first...

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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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Mon 29 Jan, 2018:
Four Composers – Four Pieces – Four Hands: Works by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt & Stravinsky

What an interesting and, in the auditioning, persuasive idea – to play four great piano works on different instruments, each contemporary to the...

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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 15 Jan, 2018:
Georg Schumann: Symphony in F minor, Op 42; Overtüre zu einem Drama, Op 45; Overture 'Lebensfreude', Op 54

Georg Schumann (1866-1952), no relation to Robert, is here represented by substantial orchestral works, not least his 1905 four-movement Symphony in F...

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Mon 08 Jan, 2018:
Stravinsky: Chant funèbre, Op 5; Feu d'artifice, Op 4; Scherzo fantastique, Op 3; Le Faune et la Bergère, Op 2; Le Sacre du printemps

Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, written in memory of Rimsky-Korsakov, was lost following its sole performance in 1908 and recently found – numerous...

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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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Fri 15 Dec, 2017:
Scriabin: Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 29; Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op 20

Thrilling orchestral playing from the Oslo Philharmonic under its dynamic Russian chief – gloriously articulate, finely nuanced and keenly...

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Thu 07 Dec, 2017:
Rameau: Pygmalion; Les Fȇtes de Polymnie Suite d’orchestra

A reminder of why Rameau’s Pygmalion should have been so popular in the composer’s lifetime (and why it has remained in the repertoire) comes in...

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Mon 04 Dec, 2017:
Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia antartica; Concerto for two pianos and orchestra; Four Last Songs

The Chandos survey of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies begun in the late 1990s by the late Richard Hickox reaches its conclusion with a fine account of...

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