Recordings

Recorded live from several concerts devoted to both of Brahms’s piano concertos, the stormy opening to the D minor work opens in the most positive way – really grabbing the...
It takes a while for this ‘Choral’ to establish itself – a lack of mystery at the opening tends to make the music ‘ordinary’ rather than ‘extraordinary’, but once into...
Paavo Berglund has conducted this epic war-time symphony many times – it was completed in September 1943 – and he has found a more disturbing side to it than here....
Vivaldi’s contribution to the cello concerto genre numbers approximately 28, and, as Michael Talbot’s informative booklet note tells us, Vivaldi was among the first to bring the cello forward from...
This is another gem from Eloquence’s series of Emma Kirkby recordings from the 1970s and 1980s. “A Purcell Songbook” features a selection of domestic ‘secular’ songs and songs written for...
To my knowledge, there have been a mere five studio recordings of the ‘Ring’ in its entirety (a sixth, conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, was abandoned by Decca half-way through),...
Osmo Vänskä has great ambitions for an orchestra whose recent (2006) BBC Proms appearance suggested that the players will have to work hard to achieve them. Fortunately the present CD,...
This is refined Mozart-playing with tempos judged to a nicety and with dynamic contrasts that are neither predictable nor intrusive, yet also with a demonstrative temperament capable of expanding this...
It seems a very long time indeed since Pierre Boulez styled himself a revolutionary firebrand, given to issuing incendiary polemical statements in the grand tradition of a Wagner or a...
A mouth-watering collection even to read! And the listing not only swells Silvestri’s discography but does so with music of substance – only the Enescu was present there before this...
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