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Also included here is a 13-minute interview that finds Ernest Ansermet reminiscing about Debussy. Recorded in 1969, shortly before his death, Ansermet is lucid and engaged, and his memoirs seem...
In this superb biopic (made in 2003 and now on DVD after an initial limited release) by award-winning film-maker Paul Balmer, master guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream relates some of...
George Onslow (1784-1853) was French of English descent. He was an amateur cellist of independent means and wrote a large amount of chamber music. Previous experience of Onslow's works in...
The Arnold Bax renaissance, for which Naxos (along with Chandos) must take considerable plaudits continues with this very desirable release.The opening of Sonata No.1, a large-scale three-movement work, could pass...
Preceding Debussy’s String Quartet is several seconds of audience rustle and some isolated pizzicatos. The listener is immediately drawn into the world of live performance. The Ysaÿe Quartet is one...
Jill Crossland has the ability to present Baroque and early-Classical music with a depth of response that brings it alive and to make it timeless. One of her strengths is...
It’s good to see these clean, remarkably poised performances of four of Handel’s secular cantatas back in the catalogue. In the more than twenty years since their initial release on...
The sixth and final instalment of Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven symphony cycle for LSO Live couples two of the less-heroic symphonies.It’s been interesting to work through all these live performances as...
Nikolai Roslavets (1881-1944) was born in the Ukraine of peasant stock and initially self-taught as a composer before he was accepted by the Moscow Conservatoire as a student of the...
Boris Tchaikovsky (1925-1996) was a student of the Moscow Conservatoire and a friend of Rostropovich and Shostakovich. A closer composer ‘reference’ in terms of ‘style’ may be the younger (and...
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