Recordings

Just occasionally, very occasionally, one comes across music that makes one ask the question: Where has this composer been all my life? In the case of Bo Holten it is...
The 53-minute playing time will be noted (but also note that this is a mid-price issue), so too the ’bitty’ choice of works – all Debussy’s Book 1 Preludes would...
First off a CD of overtures (SBT 1276; 74’44”) and one of “Viennese Favourites” (SBT 1275; 78’14”) both exclusive to the Vienna Philharmonic and all recorded late-’fifties to early-’sixties in...
"The Past is another country. They do things differently there". The opening of “The Go-Between” sprang to mind listening once more to these recordings now included in EMI’s “Great Recordings...
This is a very special recording by one of the most stylish pianists around, a senior figure now, one who still relishes the lyrical and touch-sensitive qualities that the piano...
Having unearthed a number of rarities and juvenilia from the bottom drawers belonging to Rossini and Verdi – with some mixed results – Riccardo Chailly has undertaken a similar exercise...
Of these two issues, the Scènes de la csárda is brand-new in terms of release-date – and extraordinary. What fabulous music! Many of these tunes are indigenous and will be...
This is the third volume of Alain Planès’s Haydn sonata series, and it’s every bit as inspired as the first two (HMC 901761 & 901762). I suspect that these recordings...
This is a hugely important issue, though some, I suspect, might find it frustrating. Taken from an Austrian radio broadcast from the 1937 Salzburg Festival, this is the first commercial...
In German-speaking countries the lifetime achievement of eminent individuals is often honoured with a Festschrift, generally a collection of writings celebrating that individual. This intelligently planned and excellently executed new...
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