Recordings

Haydn String Quartets Op 33 (Doric String Quartet)
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The Doric Quartet takes an individual approach to shaping Haydn’s music.  The players’ ability to express a phrase meaningfully and then progress to the next musical idea without interrupting the...
Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert 4 & 6 [Sony Classical]
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It is always a pleasure to encounter Heinz Holliger’s refreshing approach to Schubert’s Symphonies.  He performs these works in an unaffected way, respecting the tempo markings and within them shaping...
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Much taken with this latest release in Martyn Brabbins’s Hyperion/BBCSO Vaughan Williams Symphony series I was conscious that it speaks with a quiet voice, unsensational to a fault. Need that...
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Paavo Järvi has emerged among the most assiduous recording artists of today, threatening to outdo his father in symphonic cycles (witness his Beethoven, Brahms, Nielsen, and Sibelius for RCA). Almost...
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This is a welcome continuation of Howard Shelley’s exploration of Cramer’s Piano Concertos. Shelley’s excellent recording of Nos.4 & 5 showed the composer at the height of his powers, Acclaimed...
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Several of these recordings by Launy Grøndahl – chief conductor of the Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1925 to 1956 – have appeared on the excellent 30-disc Danacord box...
Piano Quintets by d'Erlanger & Dunhill
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Baron Frédéric Alfred d'Erlanger (1868-1943) – “Baron Fred” to family and friends – was one of the great altruistic characters of pre-war London life. Born in Paris, British naturalised, the...
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This appears to be the first recording devoted exclusively to the Portuguese composer Duarte Lobo (c.1565-1646) since The Tallis Scholars issued his Requiem and Missa vox clamantis in 1992. Not to be...
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September 1960. Kensington Odeon. A clandestine afternoon watching Dirk Bogarde’s Song Without End biopic, a travesty redeemed only by an unknown off-the-shelf tinkler playing the soundtrack. Jorge Bolet. (Hollywood music...
Harold Shapero: Orchestral Works
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First some background. Harold Shapero (1920-2013), one of the lost greats of American music, was part of a mainly East Coast Jewish set of composers complementing the literary talents of...
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