Recordings

The latest incarnation of the Earl Wild’s Rachmaninov re-emerges freshly re-mastered, repackaged in a slimline jewel case and at budget price. There have been several distinguished sets of the complete...
Although he has had relatively little exposure in Britain outside of the specialist festival circuit, Pascal Dusapin today counts as one of the senior figures in the world of contemporary...
Piotr Anderszewski’s new Chopin recital is magnetic both in interpretation and artistry. Although he sees Chopin as a Romantic poet, he also portrays his music as being a melting pot...
Biographical information provided by Meridian is scanty, but we are informed that John Hawkins was born in 1949 and studied composition at the City Literary Institute and, subsequently, with Malcolm...
Explosive chords open the Eroica … we know that. Svetlanov emphasises this, and the spacious acoustic adds its bit too. Svetlanov’s is a grand Eroica, one weighty and trenchant, one...
To highlight the 50th anniversary of Sir Arnold Bax’s death (on 3 October 1953), Chandos has published this box of his seven numbered symphonies by this underrated composer.This is already...
What a delightful confection Respighi made out of miscellaneous piano works by Rossini for La Boutique fantasque. Gianandrea Noseda has created sparks with the very responsive and committed BBC Philharmonic...
The main interest here is La Naissance de Vénus, which Fauré (1845-1924) completed in 1895 (and conducted at the Leeds Festival in 1898), music that he seems to have had...
A time-honoured recorded coupling of two of the most-popular piano concertos, both in A minor, which Leif Ove Andsnes and his partners make fresh and rewarding. Partner is the key...
These are strikingly individual performances, ones ’historically aware’ but not pedantic, ones formal but also demonstrative, both in terms of virtuosity and bringing the music alive. Ilya Gringolts approaches these...
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