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The announcement during 2015 that Russian researchers had located a full set of orchestral parts for Stravinsky’s long-lost Opus Five, Funeral Song, was exciting news indeed. The work had been...
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This is a cut above the ubiquitous “Best of...’ CDs sold in service stations and downmarket stores; in fact this collection of Haydn’s music has been carefully selected and placed...
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John Wilson would seem embarked on a Copland series of remarkable thoroughness. Having already given us a first-rate Organ Symphony (1924) he returns now to the re-jigged, purely orchestral version...
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This Hyperion release from David Hill and Yale Schola Cantorum brings a very welcome opportunity to hear a Mass which has only been recorded once before. Palestrina’s Missa Confitebor tibi...
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While this intriguing Judaeo-Christian programme may not fit too well on the shelves of old-style, repertoire-led collectors, it lives up to Tenebrae’s stated core values of “passion and precision”. Symphony...
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A number of recordings of Schumann’s Symphonies have featured orchestras matching the modest size of those used in the composer’s day. The use of a full ensemble adds stature to...
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Although it comes third in the programme, it seems right to start with the Violin Concerto by Mieczysław Karłowicz (1876-1909), something of a rarity and, I would say, given the...
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Although Earthly Powers remains Anthony Burgess’s masterpiece – a wonderful, wonderful novel of immense power and impact – closely followed by Any Old Iron and (a little way behind) The...
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Running a shade over eighty-three minutes, this is the longest compact disc I have encountered, so there are no complaints about value for money. It offers an excellent coupling, yet...
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Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber first recorded Die schöne Müllerin fifteen years ago. Gerhaher is now in his late-forties and, recorded with palpable intimacy by Sony Classical, has all the...
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