Recordings

Launy Grøndahl conducts Nielsen Maskarade [Danacord]
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The clearly recorded broadcast of Maskarade wears its years very well indeed.  Light in bass perhaps but there is the essential vocal clarity – necessary because the printed aid to...
Finnissy - Pious Anthems & Voluntaries
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Given his reputation as a fearless radical, uncompromising in his pursuit of rethinking the language and structure of music, one does not readily associate Michael Finnissy (born 1946) with music written for...
Sergei Babayan plays Rachmaninov
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“What is music? How can one define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, a rustling of summer foliage. Music is the distant peal of bells at eventide! Music is...
Schubert - Works For Piano Vol. 5 [Barry Douglas] [Chandos Records - CHAN 20157]
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Barry Douglas's Chandos Schubert cycle is one of the unmitigated triumphs of recent years. I remember welcoming Volume III with a review that could have occupied a chapter but in...
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 & Francesca da Rimini
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Back in 2012, towards the end of his Frankfurt RSO tenure, Paavo Järvi showed his broader Tchaikovsky hand with a particularly appealing account of the vernal First Symphony. Combining Germanic...
Launy Grondahl Legacy 2
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It is an interesting coincidence that other well-known conductors who were also composers were so closely contemporary with Launy Grøndahl (1886-1960). Furtwängler was also born in 1886 and Klemperer in...
Alban Berg Ensemble Wien
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It may have started out as a centenary tribute to the Society for Private Musical Performances over which Schoenberg presided during 1918-22, but the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien has now...
Liszt - Années De Pèlerinage
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“You [in Geneva] are in the best possible position to write great things: take advantage of the fact. Travel around Switzerland and Italy on foot, that is the only way...
Jascha Horenstein - Reference Recordings
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Mahler’s Third symphony was not heard in England until half a century after its composition when it was broadcast by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult on...
Bruckner Symphony No. 8 In C Minor - Wab 108 (Edition Haas)
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Here begins Sony Classical’s presentation of Bruckner’s Symphonies with Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic. Previously this conductor has recorded No.8 with Staatskapelle Dresden. The timings are similar to those...
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