Recordings

The popular 1930s’ broadcaster on music Sir Henry Walford Davies once advised listeners to an impending broadcast of “The Dream of Gerontius” to pay more attention to the orchestra than...
A recent BBC Proms concert found Leonidas Kavakos as both conductor and soloist when he added a stylishly directed Mozart symphony and a controversial performance of a Haydn Symphony to...
The Takács Quartet is a prolific and prestigious recording ensemble; after recordings of Beethoven and Bartók for Decca, the group is now recording for Hyperion, and future plans include Brahms’s...
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...
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