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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...
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)...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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