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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...
Pierre Boulez’s Mahler cycle for DG has been appearing in piecemeal fashion since 1995 when Symphony No.6 with the Vienna Philharmonic was released. The same orchestra also recorded the Fifth...
Jill Crossland’s pianistic pedigree includes study in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda, and evidence that she has learned much from that thoroughbred of musicians abounds in this absorbing and engaging programme.Her...
It’s been three years in coming, and found Roberto Manes hanging out in Madagascar to secure the right vibes ... Fihavanana has been worth the wait. Given the diverse musical...
Teldec’s Ligeti Project nears conclusion (only one volume awaits release) and, like others in this well-planned series, Volume 4 provides further evidence of Ligeti’s fecundity of invention and thorough integrity...
Andante has, I rather fear, shot itself in the foot with this set. The weakest of its operatic issues to date, it contains the radio broadcast of George Szell’s 1949...
While it might be claimed that recordings of Tchaikovsky’s best known pieces have reached saturation point, which they probably have, it might also be suggested that the music itself is...
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