Recordings

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...
This release of Mahler 3 puts the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott five symphonies (6, 7, 8, 10 and Das Lied von der Erde) short of...
This is a most enjoyable release shining welcome light on a hidden corner of Camille Saint-Saens’s prolific musical output. Not that he’s in no danger of extinction, for Carnival of...
This is high-octane stuff – gauchos, pampas, coffee (not decaffeinated). There’s a gaudy start to this Latin-American disc, Astor Piazzolla’s Milongón festivo, its exhilaration enough to make Bernstein’s ‘Mambo’ (West...
Although based on a public event this production has the nature of a studio recording. It is good to have no applause, balance is admirable and the neutral acoustic of...
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