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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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I can listen to Dvořák’s mature chamber music at any time of the day or night, something which does not hold for every composer. When the music is for strings,...
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Although Marseille-born Zino Francescatti (1902-91, he was christened René-Charles) made commercial recordings of these Violin Concertos (Ormandy in both, Bernstein in the stereo remake of the Brahms), this Testament release...
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The most consistently satisfying aspect of this Parsifal is Sir Mark Elder’s conducting and the Hallé’s playing. This concert performance was the final event in the BBC Proms’ lavish celebration...
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In directing his twelve newly-composed Symphonies in London during his visits between 1791 and 1795, Haydn was provided with a larger number of players than that generally available to him...
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Steven Osborne opens his latest Hyperion release, the second devoted to Debussy, all the latest selections from the first decade of the twentieth-century, with Masques, at once fleet-fingered and rhythmically...
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In a ten-page essay for the booklet, Mario Venzago gives a detailed account of the methods he used in his completion of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony. He quotes contemporary documentation to...
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Four thought-provoking American Piano Sonatas (anti-formulaic ‘soundings') from the pre-war, pre-Barber years when, depending on one's viewpoint and roots, to quote from Anthony Burton's booklet note, “America [was] the land...
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