Recordings

The booklet note is devoted entirely to a history of the formation of the orchestra, which stems from the courageous work of José Antonio Abreu described as “economist, organist and...
It’s all change at the Toulouse Capitole Orchestra: the venerable Michel Plasson (for so long associated with this characterful orchestra) has become “Honorary Conductor”, and Tugan Sokhiev is “Principal Guest...
At the actual concert, Lorraine Hunt, as she was before her marriage the following year to the composer Peter Lieberson, sang the Handel arias before the Mahler songs, but for...
Whether in concert or on disc, few non-Russian conductors think to tackle all six, seven (Manfred) or eight (completed by someone else) Tchaikovsky symphonies. I have no idea whether Antonio...
Arthur Bliss’s A Colour Symphony, written in 1922, is not, as you might think from the title, a Scriabin- or Messiaen-esque exercise in synaesthesia (the condition in which those affected...
The harp is one of the most exquisite instruments ever invented, and this is an exquisite recording.Prize-winning harpist Lizary Rodríguez Ríos studied at the Puerto Rico Conservatory, as well as...
A profusion of musical ideas always seems to inform Heitor Villa-Lobos’s music; sometimes the effect can be that of rambling. This is less apparent in Symphony No.2, a glorious piece...
"Candescence" is Perth composer Nick Davis’s most definitive statement yet regarding the direction of his stylistic development. After initially exploring World and New Age genres (beginning with the highly successful...
Only one of the five pieces on this disc has its origins as being for the cello, yet the remainder transcribe so well for the instrument – whether from horn,...
Created in the same year, 1932, and both following their respective composers’ Concertos for the Left Hand, these works, both in G major, make for an unprecedented but entirely appropriate...
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