Recordings

Egon Wellesz enjoyed a long life – 1885-1974. He was born in Vienna and fled to England before World War II, in 1938. Wellesz made his home in England and...
If finding myself on that desert-island, I would miss two Chorals in particular – the live Philharmonia Klemperer from 1957 on Testament, and the first of Solti’s Chicago recordings for...
Olympia’s Myaskovsky series continues with two symphonies that typify the composer’s mature approach of conformity with integrity. In neither work is there anything to alarm or even disconcert, but the...
It’s a good idea to put the off-cuts from Bernard Haitink’s Vaughan Williams cycle on to a single CD. No doubt, now, the symphonies themselves will be boxed (for the...
Eerie and restless, growing in strength and intensity before Shostakovichian irony takes hold; fugitive trumpets, lonely instrumental solos – forced, desperate music. A ’banned’ symphony comes to mind, Shostakovich’s No.4,...
Sergey Khachatryan was born in 1985. He is impressive technically, of course; more importantly he has definite character – poise, emotional outreach, and a musical sense of shape and expression...
The leader’s intake of breath at the beginning of the first work, and the ensemble’s unanimity of attack, signals a purposefulness that lasts throughout these imaginative Quartets; Haydn at his...
Relatively speaking, Robert Schumann’s five symphonies (there are two versions of the D minor) are quite rare visitors to the concert hall. Yet they have done remarkably well on record....
This CD by the young German-based English pianist Julian Evans has much going for it. It is undoubtedly a quality production, well engineered even if recorded in a slightly resonant...
This is consummate playing in its varied touch and poetic phrasing. Elisabeth Leonskaja’s flexible approach harks back to a previous era when musicians were usually less constrained by the text,...
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