Recordings

78 minutes of Sviatoslav Richter playing a varied repertoire is no hardship, even if the mono sound is a little muted and pallid. But the ear adjusts, and the Haydn...
This is a Seoul special. Good to hear an orchestra that may not be considered world-class playing with such confidence and character. From the opening of La mer, and aided...
Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson embark upon a winter journey of the mind. Schubert’s great cycle to texts by Wilhelm Müller (the poet unacknowledged on the disc’s packaging save for...
The opening of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto is profound in its utterance, Emil Gilels looking deeply into the piano’s work-initiating solo. The response from the Hallé and John Barbirolli is...
Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) sometimes receives short shrift regarding his musical output. This son of St Petersburg deserves better. José Serebrier is a passionate advocate for this prolific Russian composer, someone...
This Pension Fund Benefit Concert introduced the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s audience to Sviatoslav Richter (1915-97) who in 1960 was making his first appearances in the United States. The matinee opened...
Buried treasure indeed. Sir Adrian Boult was extraordinarily adventurous in his choice of repertoire during his distinguished tenure at the BBC, giving the British premieres of (among countless other masterworks)...
The opening of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is immediately arresting as the brass pummels out a fateful summons. The strings respond in soulful terms, and when the music becomes animated we...
William Mathias’s first two piano concertos are followed by Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra. Somm gives us the first recording of each and they benefit from the...
It’s very easy to have a soft spot for Caprice bohémien, the 20-year-old Rachmaninov’s rhapsodising orchestral showpiece, its moody opening underpinned by timpani – made a crisp and dynamic treat...
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