Recordings

The theme of this recital is Venice. One might expect Rossini’s boat race, even the Fauré pieces, but songs by Michael Head are infrequently encountered in recitals, whether they refer...
I haven’t caught up with Bernard Haitink’s LSO Live Beethoven symphony cycle until now – but if this disc, and the plaudits earned by earlier issues, are anything to go...
The treasure-trove that is “MaxOpus” houses such an embarrassment of riches that it seems singularly unfair that on-line distribution of recordings tends to bypass the traditional record review process. Any...
Barbirolli’s Beethoven is becoming more common: there are reissues of his Pye recordings, the BBCSO ‘Eroica’, and BBC Legends has released a live Hallé Seventh Symphony.And, now, the ubiquitous Fifth,...
This is immensely attractive music that has been rescued from obscurity by Toccata Classics and Natalya Shkoda. Hers is the “First Western Recording”.Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko (1896-1938), born in St Petersburg,...
The cover photo is a misty, moody shot of the Cliffs of Moher on the West Coast of Ireland, but there’s nothing grey or hazy about these performances.Camerata Ireland, founded...
Quite an adventure, this: a journey through Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin at a single sitting. Not, of course, obligatory – any one sonata can be selected and explored...
Michael Nyman’s self-owned record label gathers strength with two issues of predominantly vocal works. Here is a chance to hear Nyman in serious mode, with sombre settings of Paul Celan,...
Since the advent of the LP, in 1950, it could be argued that those artists with a large discography have found greater fame than the ones, such as Annie Fischer...
Simon Rattle has recorded The Planets before, also for EMI, with the Philharmonia Orchestra. As I have not heard that version I cannot determine whether or not this Berlin account...
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