Recordings

When the compact disc came along it also brought a fondness to discover hour-long symphonies that posterity had decreed unfavourably – sometimes with good reason! Hermann Bischoff (1868-1936), a native...
Simon Rattle returns to Birmingham for this latest instalment in his Szymanowski series for EMI.This one straddles the great divide in the composer’s output between the heady orientalism of works...
This splendid collection, including some familiar British gems, is given with belief and insight. Bax’s Tintagel begins the disc and is vividly suggestive of threat, narrative and sea-foam; maybe the...
Jay Greenberg was born in 1991. The information in the booklet doesn’t confirm that he is American (yet there’s enough to suggest he is). He has a website, of course,...
It is a symptom of the modern age that while playing standards have improved beyond all recognition it has become more and more difficult to find performances of the standard...
After so much enjoying Bergen Barokk’s first disc for Toccata Classics (trio sonatas by Georg von Bertouch – all premier recordings), I am delighted to see this group embarking on...
Michael Gielen’s 1990 recording of Mahler 9 with the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra on Intercord (now deleted, presumably) always was one of the single-disc front-runners.On no account, however,...
This recital, presents a good range of the songs of Peter Warlock (who was born as Philip Heseltine in 1894), from the gentle fading of a September day in “Autumn...
Myra Hess died in 1965 aged 75 and is another of those pianists whose exposure and reputation has grown with the release of good quality releases of concert performances and...
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (1580-1651) was perhaps one of the true originals of the Italian Baroque, and although he is best known today for his eccentric and highly effective lute and...
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