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Harold Shapero: Orchestral Works
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First some background. Harold Shapero (1920-2013), one of the lost greats of American music, was part of a mainly East Coast Jewish set of composers complementing the literary talents of...
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The dark introduction to Symphony No.1 moves forward firmly with no over-emphasis and the Allegro is a natural continuation.  This typifies Philippe Jordan’s approach to Brahms: firm momentum while always...
Whether or not his greatest work, Luigi’s Dallapiccola’s The Prisoner is certainly his most representative through its depicting a situation of greatest emotional stress in terms the more powerful for...
CHANDOS CHSA 5198
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Coincidentally, the last concert I attended before lockdown was a marvellous Schoenberg-dominated programme from the BBCSO and Edward Gardner, and this Chandos release with the Bergen Philharmonic shows of the...
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Unusually for an opera seria – whether in Italian, or German as here – Telemann’s Miriways (1728) takes as its subject not ancient history, myth, or an episode in classic or Classical...
This Hyperion release focuses on evening canticles and motets, but no less significant for being without organ. With the exception of Stanford’s Three Motets (published in 1905), the other works...
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This excellent coupling from brings together two distinctive scores from Sir James MacMillan, different in character yet both sharing a lack of extra-musical concerns (a major preoccupation) and drawing inspiration...
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With a back catalogue of choral and orchestral works preoccupied with religious and political concerns it was only a matter of time before Sir James MacMillan produced a choral symphony...
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Spanish composer and theorist Francisco Valls (c.1671-1747) is remembered, if at all, for his sacred music written for use at Barcelona Cathedral. Of the forty or so Masses composed for...
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The opening item, Troubadour Music, is a brilliantly written score showing this incomparably gifted musician at the height of his powers. A somewhat superficial assessment of the work might compare...
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