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For non-British residents I should explain that the short measure of this commendable CD is a result of this Soile Isokoski recital being a BBC lunchtime broadcast, with just under...
Two years after his ‘Year of Song’ (1840), Robert Schumann had a ‘Year of Chamber Music’. 1842 was the year of these three string quartets, the piano quintet and the...
The story is that these stereo tapes, made in 1952 by Bert Whyte and among the first examples of stereophonic recording to emanate from the United States, were passed to...
An imaginative and thoroughly worthwhile programme combining three unjustly neglected sonatas for violin and piano all of which – especially the Respighi – have maintained a slightly precarious existence at...
This superb issue of familiar Tchaikovsky pieces begins with a white-hot and incident-packed account of Francesca da Rimini, full of fury and passion and with a tension that sustains the...
This very welcome release begins with the Ceremonial Prelude, which was recorded at a service in Westminster Abbey (with words from the then Dean) to commemorate to the day the...
Horst A. Scholz’s booklet note sets the scene by showing how the Pyrenees has divided Spain and France yet without stopping anybody from getting through. Yet, while France has always...
BIS's project to record the complete output of Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949) has featured 16 releases to disc (a discography is included with this release). Much worthwhile music has been made...
Now that Mstislav Rostropovich has almost exclusively taken to conducting, it is easy to forget that in the 1960s and 1970s, when the world was awash with great cellists, he...
This is not the first time Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide have been coupled on disc; they appeared together on an EMI LP in the late 1970s...
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