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Ernst Krenek (1900-91) was nothing if not prolific – the Second Organ Concerto, from 1983, is his opus 235. Born in Vienna as the nineteenth-century ended, Krenek’s long life embraced...
A super CD of lovely music! I recall being at a recording session with Vernon Handley when Stanford’s Violin Concerto was mentioned. Handley became very enthusiastic and also mocked (quite...
This CD offers a feast of spectacular orchestral writing and superb sound quality. The best-known composer here, of course, is the late Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), a master of the refined...
Alan Rawsthorne was born in 1905 as were William Alwyn, Constant Lambert and Michael Tippett. As a child Rawsthorne studied piano and cello and showed an early interest in composing....
I would have been able to encapsulate Herman D Koppel in two words: Danish pianist. I would probably have added that he was a friend of fellow-Dane Carl Nielsen and...
Issued as part of Hanssler’s ’faszination musik’ series, this live-compiled Elgar One was recorded at concerts between 27-29 October 1999. Similar to Norrington’s London Philharmonic Royal Festival Hall performance on...
Hélène Grimaud’s engagement and single-mindedness are apparent from the very first chord of the concerto. The pianist does not steal in; she makes a precise call to arms. Grimaud presents...
Forever to be associated with his beloved Halle Orchestra, Barbirolli’s EMI discography includes several recordings with the Philharmonia – Verdi’s Requiem and Otello, Elgar’s First Symphony and Mahler’s Fifth and...
Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) initially conducted the then recently formed Philharmonia Orchestra in 1947, first recording with it in 1954. For nearly twenty more years Klemperer and the Philharmonia made many...
This is a fascinating CD, one to delight students of American music and anyone looking for some unfamiliar orchestral scores that are both attractive and worthwhile. William Henry Fry was...
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