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Fri 17 Aug, 2018:
Diamond: Symphony No 6; Rounds for String Orchestra; Romeo and Juliet

Composed in the decade from 1944, the three works here – examples of 20th-century American symphonic music at its most acutely lyrical, relaxed and...

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Tue 14 Aug, 2018:
Stenhammar: Symphony No 2 in G minor, Op 34; Incidental Music for August Strindberg's 'A Dream Play' (1916): concert version by Hilding Rosenberg (1970)

Here's a first-rate companion SACD to this team's fine BIS anthology (reviewed by Rob Cowan on 7 August 2014) containing Wilhelm Stenhammar's glorious...

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Thu 09 Aug, 2018:
Harbison: Symphony No 4; Ruggles: Sun-Treader; Stucky: Second Concerto for Orchestra

By no means the definitive American symphony, John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony (dating from 2004) is nonetheless a quintessential example. In five...

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Mon 06 Aug, 2018:
McLeod: Out of the Silence; Percussion Concerto; The Shostakovich Connection; Hebridean Dances

Eighty-four this year, John McLeod’s profile continues to rise with a quartet of full-bodied orchestral pieces from Evelyn Glennie and the Royal...

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Thu 02 Aug, 2018:
Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) – complete ballet; Shéhérazade – ouverture de féerie; Le Tombeau de Couperin – Suite d'orchestre

François-Xavier Roth and his remarkable period-instrument band Les Siècles follow up their electrifying account of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé...

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Mon 30 Jul, 2018:
Michel Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres

Setting texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah and dating from the early 1620s, Michel Lambert’s Leçons de Ténèbres are a remarkable exercise in...

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Mon 23 Jul, 2018:
Come to Me in My Dreams: 120 Years of Song from the Royal College of Music

Here’s a disc to attract lovers of English art songs, with 29 examples taken from the archives of London’s Royal College of Music including three...

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Thu 19 Jul, 2018:
Bach: Violin Concertos – No 1 in A minor, BWV 1041; No 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Partita for Solo Violin No 2, BWV 1004

Seventeen-year-old Swedish virtuoso Daniel Lozakovich makes an accomplished debut on the Yellow Label with intelligently chosen repertoire in...

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Mon 16 Jul, 2018:
Pärt: The Four Symphonies

Gathered together on disc for the first time (and in chronological order), Arvo Pärt’s four symphonies provide a fascinating aside to the ascetic...

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Mon 09 Jul, 2018:
Richard Strauss: Macbeth, Op 23; Don Juan, Op 20; Tod und Verklärung, Op 24; Festmarsch in C major

I've enjoyed my previous encounters on CD with the Staatskapelle Weimar, notably a highly involving live account of the Elgar Violin Concerto for...

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Fri 06 Jul, 2018:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op 20

“The spirit of the whole work is intended to be high and pure joy; there are retrospective passages of sadness”. So said Elgar to the Chairman of...

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Wed 04 Jul, 2018:
Bernstein: Candide (Overture); On the Waterfront – Symphonic Suite; Fancy Free (Three Dance Variations); On the Town (Three Dance Episodes); West Side Story – Symphonic Dances

Exhilaratingly lithe, rhythmically punchy and (above all) powerfully communicative performances of these Bernstein favourites under Christian...

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Mon 02 Jul, 2018:
Schubert: Octet in F major, D 803; Minuets and Trios, Nos 3 & 5, D 89

Commissioned to write a work modelled on Beethoven’s seminal Septet, Schubert opted for a no less iconic Octet (all the more astonishing for being...

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Fri 29 Jun, 2018:
Poulenc: Les Biches – Suite; Les Animaux modèles – Suite; Sinfonietta

The Irish know how to party, as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra demonstrate in this trio of ebullient, animated pieces by Francis Poulenc, the...

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