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David Zinman enters into the fray of a crowded Brahms catalogue with a symphony cycle at once lucidly sounded and balanced, beautifully played and recorded, and finding a just equilibrium...
Peter Pears’s voice has been stilled since the early 1980s but I can still hear the distinctive sound of his voice in the music that Benjamin Britten wrote for him....
Maurizio Pollini has recorded Brahms’s First Piano Concerto twice before, first with Karl Böhm conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, then with Claudio Abbado in Berlin, and now with Christian Thielemann at...
James Ehnes has been earning himself a formidable reputation in the last few years; now he adds the rare feat of recording Béla Bartók’s violin and viola concertos, works that...
And so begins what should be an intriguing recorded cycle devoted to the nine symphonies of Antonín Dvořák, a composer whose reputation is worldwide yet it hangs on a handful...
This is the third recording of Sir Charles Mackerras's interpretation of Beethoven's ‘Choral’ Symphony on CD. There is also an excellent version with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic from 1991 and...
The handsome, burnished baritone of Simon Keenlyside brings out the nobility of these English-language settings. Such a cultivated singer could scarcely do otherwise. Songs of War is a personal selection...
Contrary to received wisdom, Hector Berlioz was not obsessed with gargantuanism. His Requiem of 1837 is not an over-inflated monster by a self-aggrandising showman. The French composer’s fascination with massive...
There may be a current shortage of certain types of voices but lyric mezzo-sopranos are not among them. Young singers of this voice type predominate in competitions and the standards...
This two-CD set (the split is after the third movement, which loses Mahler’s two-part design, the huge first movement being Part One) is taken from a concert broadcast on BBC...
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