Recordings

I should confess that the much-celebrated recording that Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987) made of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Sir John Barbirolli (for EMI) has not touched me in the way...
I recall being very disappointed with Otto Klemperer's early-1960s recording of Bruckner 7 with the Philharmonia Orchestra on three LP sides (Wagner's Siegfried Idyll was on the fourth). One irritating...
It is a strange fact that, of the operas that might be called mainstream Mozart, “Idomeneo” is the one that is generally regarded as box-office poison and yet has been...
Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1927. During this period he became acquainted with Poulenc, Roussel, Milhaud and Honegger, and there is certainly a Gallic...
This is only the second audio recording of Benjamin Britten’s 1969-1970 opera for television “Owen Wingrave”, the earlier one featuring the cast of the premiere under the composer’s baton. Although...
This is the first of four Naxos discs to be devoted to the orchestral music of Portuguese composer Luís de Freitas Branco (1890-1955).Symphony No.1 (1924) is a real find. From...
Stern, slightly foreboding and becoming radiant, the opening of the Introduction immediately grabs the attention before more rigorous material sets in and before losing its way in a pseudo-religious, sub-Bruckner...
This recital from Tim Hugh and Olga Sitkovetsky was billed as a "concert for Steve", Tim Hugh’s brother who suffered a heart attack in 2006. As the cellist says, “the...
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