Recordings

Leonard Bernstein: Candide
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Leonard Bernstein’s Candide contains some very fine music without convincing as operetta or musical. It has been revived theatrically for London audiences with sporadic success, most notably perhaps at the National Theatre...
Prokofiev piano sonatas
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Few bona fide keyboard titans play every Prokofiev Piano Sonata, and only a small cohort has recorded the complete cycle. Fewer still go the whole hog by including the torso...
Eloquence Tchaik Kleiber Sargent
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This Fourth Symphony of Tchaikovsky first appeared on a five-disc 78rpm set in 1949, but was released on LP one year later.  The Violin Concerto was also issued in both...
Grondahl Legacy vol 3
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Launy Grøndahl is here presented as a notable champion of the music of his compatriots. Recordings of music by Gade and Lumbye have been transferred from HMV Z series 78s,...
Prokofiev eloquence decca masters
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It seems reasonable that Peter and the Wolf should be narrated by a BBC announcer, and here is Frank Philips delivering the words in immaculate, unaffected, ‘Oxford English’.  The impression...
Tchai Fistoulari
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Half a century and more ago Anatole Fistoulari’s (1907-95) name appered on many a recording – sometimes on Mercury and Philips but mostly on Decca.  He was agift to music...
Sturm und Drang 1
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The final scene from Gluck’s Don Juan is an orchestral portrayal of the Don being cast into Hell.  A threatening slow introduction leads to the often-performed Dance of the Furies. ...
Haydn Op 20 1
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Here is the conclusion of Dudok Quartet Amsterdam’s two-disc presentation of Haydn’s Opus 20 String Quartets, the CD containing Nos. 2, 3 and 5 having been issued in Autumn 2019. ...
Gragnani
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Filippo Gragnani (1767-1812) was born in Livorno, Italy. He came from a musical family and his father Antonio was a skilled and now famous violin maker. At an early age...
Nordic Songs and Romances
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It is impossible to avoid the term ‘Salon Music’; but let it be said at once that these are high-class examples of that genre.  It may no longer be the...
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