Recordings

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Whilst it is undoubtedly true that developments in communication have made it possible for anyone to walk down the street carrying a virtual Encyclopaedia Mundi on their phone or iPad,...
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It is thirty years since Reinhard Goebel recorded J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with Musica Antiqua Köln. It was well-regarded although some writers were taken aback by the high speeds...
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With Sonata and Concerto alternated, yet arranged in chronological order, journeying through this collection gives a fair idea of Shostakovich’s variety of piano music (he was a virtuoso on the...
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This ‘Italian Job’ of a release – only the CBSO is non-native – includes the Violin Concerto by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari written in the early-1940s towards the end of the composer’s...
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Ignore the relatively short-measure total time and concentrate on the gold that Maurizio Pollini mines in this selection of Late Works by Chopin, composed between 1845 and his final year...
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Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875) was on occasions an Englishman abroad – a few times to Leipzig where he could be found in the company of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert...
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The connection between these composers is that both were also concert-standard pianists and they died young. André Mathieu (1929-68) was born in Montreal and precociously gifted, earning the nickname the...
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The opening of the Symphony is mellifluous, quite dreamy, rather pastoral, the emphasis is on lyricism, and, although there is effective dialoguing (and echoing) between antiphonal violins, and some vivid...
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Colin Davis takes a powerful approach to Brahms’s music. The richly coloured timbre of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is ideally suited to this composer and the sound is enhanced...
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This is the third performance of Haydn’s C-major Cello Concerto featuring Steven Isserlis that I have heard and each one is superb. In his 1998 RCA recording with Roger Norrington...
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