Recordings

“With Carmina Burana my collected works begin” wrote Carl Orff to his publisher following the premiere of what turned out to be one of the most popular choral works of...
The third cluster of this intriguing series adds another five Great Conductors. We now have 29 of the proposed 60. We won’t necessarily agree on the significance of each –...
Scriabin’s piano music is virtuosic, ingenuously romantic and darkly modern by turns; a whole disc of it represents a diverse challenge to the performer.Lucille Chung is at her best at...
Although in her early teens, Lise de la Salle has to be regarded as already a mature artist. One always guards against sweeping statements; however, such is the poise, polish...
It’s a shame that The Tale of the Stone Flower remains relatively unknown in its complete form. It’s a wholly enjoyable work, maybe too long at 150 minutes, yet there’s...
These are but two of a plethora of Sadler’s Wells releases which Classics for Pleasure has just issued. Overall they will, I suspect, be of primary interest to those who...
This new cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Nikolaus Harnoncourt – just as with EMI’s luxury set of Beethoven’s nine symphonies with Sir Simon Rattle and...
These are fine performances of the Beethoven concertos – with clear, open recording and attractive presentation.Pierre-Laurent Aimard has impeccable credentials as a Boulez protégé and as a noted champion of...
This cycle – Sir Simon Rattle’s first complete traversal of the BeethovenSymphonies – has been eagerly awaited in many quarters, with claims madeand plaudits issued even before the set was...
Fifty years of Beethoven performance as the Chicago Symphony delves once more into its archives. The earliest example is the 1944 Fifth Symphony under Désiré Defauw. It’s a powerful performance...
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