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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...
This budget CD from Warner Classics (making widely available a privately produced recording) features the young English pianist Jill Crossland, a Paul Badura-Skoda pupil who has been included in Wigmore...
Pierre Boulez’s twelve Notations date back to 1945. They are, in their original versions for piano solo, his earliest published pieces. Since the late 1970s, the composer has been re-working...
Chandos’s wonderful survey of music by Lennox and Michael Berkeley continues – an update on Michael’s contemporary voice and an invaluable opportunity to collect (and perhaps reassess) Lennox’s consummate output.Lennox...
This is an inspiring CD, one that links a masterly new piece with a classical boundary-breaking symphony. The linkage is indivisible.Peter Eötvös wrote zeroPoints in 2000 for the LSO and...
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