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David Matthews - A Vision Of The Sea
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Not the least attraction of this latest release of David Matthews’s music is that all his nine (to date) Symphonies have now been commercially recorded (Nos. 1, 3 and 5...
English Music For Strings [Sinfonia of London - John Wilson] [Chandos Records- CHSA 5264]
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Five stars for sensational technical quality in each case. However, neither of these overlapping collections is quite the unqualified success that might have been expected. John Wilson and the strings...
Elmas - Piano Concertos - The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 82 [Howard Shelley Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra] [Hyperion Records - CDA68319]
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Howard Shelley’s attention to neglected nineteenth-century Piano Concertos continues with this fine recording of the first two by Stéphan Elmas (1862-1937).  Composed in 1882 and 1887 respectively they are very much in...
Bach - Goldberg Variations [BWV988] [Pavel Kolesnikov] [Hyperion Records - CDA68338]
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As the young Siberian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov writes in the booklet, he came to the mighty Goldberg Variations in the autumn of 2018 through a meeting with the Belgian choreographer...
Early Baroque Music Meets Mediterranian Traditional Songs
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“It all starts with one glimpse, you were here and there … I remember everything” - the opening of This is My Home Now by the Turkish singer, experimentalist, performer...
Schubert - The Symphonies [Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Nikolaus Harnoncourt] [Ica Classics - ICAC 5160]
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These 1988 concert performances of Schubert’s Symphonies are given excellent analogue recordings by Austrian Radio, providing a consistently rich sound.  Perhaps Nos 1 & 4 have a touch more ‘presence’...
Launy Grøndahl conducts Nielsen Maskarade [Danacord]
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The clearly recorded broadcast of Maskarade wears its years very well indeed.  Light in bass perhaps but there is the essential vocal clarity – necessary because the printed aid to...
Finnissy - Pious Anthems & Voluntaries
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Given his reputation as a fearless radical, uncompromising in his pursuit of rethinking the language and structure of music, one does not readily associate Michael Finnissy (born 1946) with music written for...
Sergei Babayan plays Rachmaninov
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“What is music? How can one define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, a rustling of summer foliage. Music is the distant peal of bells at eventide! Music is...
Schubert - Works For Piano Vol. 5 [Barry Douglas] [Chandos Records - CHAN 20157]
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Barry Douglas's Chandos Schubert cycle is one of the unmitigated triumphs of recent years. I remember welcoming Volume III with a review that could have occupied a chapter but in...
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