Recordings

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...
Eduard Erdmann (1896-1958), born in Riga of German nationality, is best remembered as a pianist – if he is remembered at all: two eminent dictionaries on music that came to...
Jascha Horenstein (1898-1973) always insisted he should never be regarded as a specialist conductor. Nevertheless, his name is irrevocably associated with the post-war Mahler renaissance, and the main focus of...
This is both a life-enhancing and very poignant document. Given in the year of his death, Leonard Bernstein is captured on film conducting music by a composer that he wasn’t...
Hot off the press – performed in late August 2006 and issued just over a month later – apart from the continuing significance of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (see link...
This new recording of George Gershwin's opera “Porgy and Bess” (or, as Decca would have it, The Gershwins', that is, George and his brother Ira) purports to present the work...
It’s good to have these recordings of Stuart MacRae’s music generally available. MacRae has the ability to take the listener into a fantastical world, one enriched with a musical syntax...
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