Recordings

Conductor Edward Higginbottom here provides a historical re-creation of Handel's performances of “Messiah” in London in April and May 1751 when Handel used male voices with trebles singing both the...
This representation of the first performances of “Messiah” in Dublin in April and June 1742 often sounds powerful despite the small forces used. As was the convention at that time,...
With realistic and immediate piano sound, Oleg Marshev’s rigorous yet emotional account of Liszt’s great B minor Sonata is a compelling journey. It’s a work often recorded and several new...
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,...
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