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The occasion was a special one, a Royal Philharmonic Society concert on 12 October 1972 at London's Royal Festival Hall to mark the centenary (precisely 100 years to the day)...
So much of the music of the countries of the former USSR during the last 40 years has stood in the shadow of Shostakovich, but here is a fascinating voice...
The stream of recital discs which used to appear from the leading record companies in the days of LP may have been reduced to a mere trickle, but Universal, in...
It is with surprise and sadness that one reads the inscription “Farewell Recital”. But Liverpudlian John McCabe (born in 1939), one of England’s finest composers and pianists, bows out of...
This generous collection of the complete Rachmaninov Preludes, reissued on the Somm label, is a self-recommending bargain. The pianist is Peter Katin, who celebrated his 80th-birthday in November 2010. These...
The great Ukrainian pianist Emil Gilels caused a sensation when he toured the United States in 1955. Over the next decade he made a number of LPs for the Record...
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...
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