Recordings

Coming to public attention as a heavily marketed teen virtuoso, Chloë Hanslip has emerged as a stunningly accomplished and thoughtful musician, and this excellent recording of John Adams’s 1993 Violin...
This is fluent and sensitive Chopin-playing. The biography for Ian Jones included in the booklet describes him as a “Steinway Artist” (he plays a Model ‘D’ on this recording), but...
The celebratory outgoing beginning of Hjalar-Ljod augurs well. And so it proves. This is music of description and nationalism, specifically the Norwegian province of Telemark. That Eivind Groven (1901-77) was...
Opera productions don’t come much more iconic than this: a long-neglected opera given for the first time at Covent Garden in its five-act version; a stellar cast with a virtual...
HK Gruber (born 1943) is blessed with a harsh, warm, uningratiating speaking voice, an exuberant talent for composition in many musical styles, a keen ear for parody, an inordinate desire...
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) would rather we were not listening to his youthful attempt to write a symphony, which was completed before he was 21. Despite misgivings about the work, he...
Dvořák is of course a regular presence in concert halls and ‘on record’, but it’s usually the same pieces! Wonderful though they are, it’s good to find space being given...
Both these performances have much to reveal about Schumann’s music. Warmth of tone and clarity of execution are hallmarks of Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s individual and perceptive accounts that are finely balanced...
This attractive collection of Russian ballet scores is collected together under the magnetic baton of Gennadi Rozhdestvensky – someone who can make things happen.Act Two of The Nutcracker is given...
With CPO re-packaging its recordings of his seven symphonies, and now this new release from Naxos, it looks as though Ernst Toch (1887-1964) is beginning to get the higher profile...
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