Recordings

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,...
The third volume of this invaluable series begins with the splendour of the 1911 Coronation March, which could be termed Elgarian – unmistakably British – and which fascinatingly anticipates Walton’s...
This, the fourth of Stokowski’s complete recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite, of six (one never issued), is also the first of a number of LPs which the conductor made for...
This is more or less the whole concert that John Barbirolli gave with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1969 (the first of five outings for this programme). JB was then...
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