Recordings

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...
This is Sir Georg Solti’s debut on BBC Legends in a ‘solo’ capacity. His previous appearance was conducting Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 for Shura Cherkassky (BBCL 4160-2). The ‘Eroica’ is...
In June 2008, The Cleveland Orchestra announced that Franz Welser-Möst’s contract as Music Director had been extended to 2018, suggesting a particularly close bond between the Austrian conductor and one...
The public reputation and status accorded to winners of the “BBC Cardiff Singer of the World” competition is durable but historically does not immediately provide a head-start to an international...
My starting-point for this review is the question asked in the promotional material for this release: “Why another Dichterliebe recording?” The current catalogue offers a range of interpretations of varying...
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