Recordings

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In the wake of Sibelius's passing sixty years ago, I remember student days trawling through dank second-hand shops in west London seeking out what piano pieces of his I could...
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If you like the music of Khachaturian in Gayaneh, Masquerade and Spartacus mode, then you will surely respond favourably to the output of the Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev – he...
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In the four-and-a-half decades since André Previn and Sir Adrian Boult recorded Vaughan Williams Symphony cycles back to back, a group of his bite-sized ruminations has achieved unprecedented popularity (albeit...
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Red-faced reviewer phoning in! Although this recording was released on 30 December 2016 I have only now got to it – despite my enthusiasm for Max Bruch’s music and Hyperion’s...
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It is always refreshing to hear central movements of Mozart Piano Concertos moving forward purposefully and this is how Jean-Efflam Bavouzet views them. In his booklet note he mentions Mozart’s...
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The claim is made, somewhat sensationally, that “this album marks the final release in this series recorded across John Scott’s illustrious tenure in New York.” The implied suggestion that this...
The English composer and pianist Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912-1972) – maybe his surname is pronounced “Cook” just like Peter Coke, the superb BBC Radio Paul Temple, still sleuthing the airwaves...
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"Bennett’s orchestral music, eh?" a friend exclaimed, when I told him of this Chandos release, the first of a series. He continued, “No-one should be so gifted, but Bennett never...
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Antonín Reicha (1770-1836) was born in Prague but studied and had his early career in Germany before moving to Paris in 1799. A later spell of six years in Vienna...
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The death in March of Louis Frémaux (1921-2017) brought into new focus his contribution to music-making in Birmingham. During 1969 to 1978 he transformed a capable ensemble into one of...
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