Recordings

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It is not unknown for a chamber orchestra to perform Brahms’s Symphonies and this Scottish ensemble has previously recorded them with Charles Mackerras. Claimed advantages include clearer definition of woodwind...
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This Hyperion release is the second recording that Florian Boesch has made of Schubert’s Winterreise (the first was six years ago with Malcolm Martineau for Onyx), here with his frequent...
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John Jenkins (1592-1678) is better known to viol-players and aficionados of repertoire for the instrument than to the general listener, but on the evidence of this Signum release he ought...
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Both performances compelled on the night and would have remained a treasured memory; better still to have recordings that preserve and share Aldo Ciccolini’s superb artistry, late in his life....
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Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev, frequent musical partners, close friends off-stage, have now released all the Rachmaninov Piano Concertos (and Paganini Rhapsody) on the Mariinsky label bar the Fourth. This...
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Grandeur, solemnity, intimacy and excitement are all handsomely conveyed in this magnificent version of Bach’s B-minor Mass and which bears favourable comparison with some of the very best. In respect...
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Englishman William Sterndale Bennett (1816-75), born in Sheffield, was a prodigy who entered the Royal Academy of Music in London aged ten and he’d return there as a professor, his...
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Martin Helmchen turns urbanely into Diabelli’s attractive Waltz, something of a country bumpkin here, and it is immediately apparent that the piano is superbly recorded, granted an imposing bass and...
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The Motets of William Byrd form a remarkable compendium of Latin sacred music, all the more so for being the work of a dissident Catholic composer working in a staunchly...
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This is certainly the way to present a live performance: no audience noise, carefully judged silences between movements and no applause. The intensity of a live event is always evident.Nikolaj...
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