Recordings

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A few particular works in the contemporary classical canon are known more by their reputation than by the actuality of performance or recording. Until the present decade, Brian Ferneyhough’s La...
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The second volume of Joseph Tong’s very welcome survey of Sibelius’s extensive piano music opens with the familiar ‘Valse triste’, part of his incidental music for Kuolema and, dare one...
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This Good Friday release includes Grieg’s evergreen Piano Concerto (first heard in 1869) given a fresh and rewarding performance, with discretion, affection and character by Mark Bebbington and accompanied with...
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While noting the Scherzo that Brahms contributed to the collaborative FAE Sonata is not included – a pity, not because there is room but because it’s a good piece, and...
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It’s fair to say that the name of Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) is alive and well, if by only a handful of works, principally the orchestral Suite from Háry János and...
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Expect Spanish sunshine, dry heat and languorous lyricism as Garrick Ohlsson guides us through piano music by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), transcriptions and originals. That may be all you need...
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Amidst the staggering array of commissions and first performances recently announced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for its forthcoming centennial season, one work stands out in particular. Steve Reich’s Music...
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On paper this is a cleverly designed programme, and a provocatively paradoxical one, in that by exploring the theme of transformation, it uses the apparently non-developmental form of a palindrome,...
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Winner of the 2009 Clara Haskil Competition, Adam Laloum studied with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire and Evgeni Koroliov in Hamburg. He's built quite a reputation, leading some French...
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Recently I was very impressed by George Li playing a Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto via a live webcast from Detroit, hence tracking down this Live at the Mariinsky release, which offers...
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