Recordings

While British music of the first half of the twentieth-century was dominated by the likes of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, there is a wealth of excellent music that...
The Tippett Quartet is one of the most exciting ensembles to have appeared in the UK in recent years. This Naxos release is the first instalment of its complete recording...
“Frauenliebe und -leben” is one of those works which singers just can’t leave alone, even if they are men and the sentiments were simply not written for them, so there...
The final volume of Leonard Slatkin’s survey of Leroy Anderson’s Orchestral Music concentrates on Anderson’s one and only completed Broadway project, “Cinderella”. (There were two others that didn’t make it.)...
There’s a lot to admire in these performances (a shame that the Hungarian Fantasia isn’t also included), even if the relative distance of the orchestra’s grand opening to Concerto No.1...
Gustav Mahler started writing his Third symphony in the summer of 1895 in his studio by side of the Attersee. Although it is scored for a slightly smaller orchestra than...
In his booklet note for Naxos Quartet No.8, Peter Maxwell Davies describes it as “something brighter and more airy … before the radically demanding structural experiments of No.9.” For those...
It is good to take an original approach when marketing recorded music, but here the unconventional programming and eccentric presentation of the product leave me wondering at what particular audience...
The third volume of Paavo Järvi’s Beethoven symphony cycle from Bremen builds favourably on the first one, which coupled the ‘Eroica’ and No.8. (The second pairs numbers 4 and 7.)...
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