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Some very quiet but audible electronic fluttering intrudes at the very opening and just creeps into the tremolo beginning of the symphony. A momentary distraction soon forgotten given that the...
Several recently recorded Beethoven symphony sets use modern instruments but have strong ‘period’ influences – David Zinman was one of the first to take this approach and he also incorporated...
When considering admirable recordings of Beethoven’s piano concertos, two issues immediately spring to mind. In 1992 Chandos issued an excellent (and underrated) version with John Lill and the City of...
This extraordinary performance comes across like a death rattle in music. The Austrian baritone Florian Boesch takes an extreme view of Schubert’s great cycle; he evokes mortality where other singers...
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...
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