Recordings

Michael Gielen’s wonderfully perceptive and illuminating conducting – selfless and learned – once again bestows something special onto a ‘classic’ of the repertoire.Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, maybe his most popular...
With a superbly judged transfer from Mark Obert-Thorn that ensures clarity, fulsome tone and no degradation of sonic information, Otto Klemperer’s weighty and significant accounts of these two different but...
Here’s a sensible and generous re-coupling of two of Vernon Handley’s most valuable large-scale projects for Lyrita. Both are conducted with the utmost perception, the Finzi acting as a welcome...
This is a recording of the concert that saw the inauguration of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s home (since 2001), Verizon Hall. It is, we...
This handsome collection extends our appreciation of both Malcolm Arnold and Constant Lambert and also of Mark Bebbington. There’s no doubting the pianist’s dedicated response to music that is, rightly...
Brahms’s four sets of Piano Pieces collect, under four consecutive opus numbers, 20 miniatures that range in mood but tend to be contemplative in character. Movement-titles include ‘Capriccio’, ‘Intermezzo’, ‘Ballade’...
The immediate question is: 'what is an arrangement?' In the earlier part of the 19th-century it was very common for conductors to make additions and alterations to the scores of...
Operas sung in translation have long been something of a puzzle as one wonders how big the market is given the performed works are usually available in original-language performances. They...
This release charts Richard Strauss’s composing career, or rather leaps from his youthfully exuberant Piano Quartet composed during 1884 (when he became 20) to Metamorphosen composed 60 years later, the...
Documents of Sviatoslav Richter's art are always treasurable, but these perhaps more than most. This BBC Legends release gives evidence of the close relationship enjoyed by Richter and Benjamin Britten...
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