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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...
Robert Schumann completed his three published string quartets in a two-month period of typically intense creativity during the summer of 1842. They make a most attractive proposition on a single...
This release helps chronicle the opening chapter of a love-affair between one of the world’s great orchestras and one of the twentieth-century’s greatest conductors. Between 1961 and 1970 Sir John...
Antonio Pappano gets the tempo of the first movement of Mahler 6 absolutely right. It has to be deliberate, suggesting a traveller determined on his course, battling against the elements,...
There seem to be many examples of Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony on compact disc (covering the years 1937 to 1954). This 1953 version boasts the legend “First release...
Judy Garland (1922-1969) was one of the most talented performers of the twentieth century. A hugely charismatic singer of popular songs, Garland was also a brilliant actress in both musicals...
A vista of murky images and dry orchestral sound do little to inspire confidence at the opening bars; but be patient, for what emerges through gloom is a stupendous performance...
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