Recordings

This large-scale, very public and also very private account of Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony – in a live performance that is caught on the wing – begins on the merest wisp...
It’s always a pleasure to listen to Tchaikovsky’s ‘Little Russian’ Symphony, which makes use of folk-material from the Ukraine; it’s a delectable work of lyricism, energy and colour – and...
Lyon-born Jean Martinon (1910-76) studied violin, harmony and composition (under Jules Boucherit, Vincent d’Indy and Albert Roussel respectively) at the Paris Conservatoire. The war interrupted Martinon’s budding solo and conducting...
Hyperion's website – though not, curiously, the booklet or packaging – declares that this is a 'complete' set of Britten's Purcell Realisations. I'm not completely sure of the accuracy of...
This is a first-rate set of recordings – everything that Ataúlfo Argenta made for Decca before his untimely death in 1958. He was but 44 when his demise came in...
This is the second volume of Accord’s two-part series celebrating “Le Domaine musical”, the Pierre Boulez-led collective that defined the musical cutting edge in Paris for over a decade.Though best...
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...
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