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No matter who you are reading this, I cannot urge you strongly enough to acquire this release and play it immediately you get home.That Man Stephen Ward is an opera...
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Dinara Klinton's follow-up to her Liszt Transcendentals from Genuin last year is a classy, finely engineered Chopin Institute album bringing together studio recordings of some of the works with which...
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Three previous conductors of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Franz Konwitschny (in position 1944-1962), Kurt Masur (1970-1996) and Riccardo Chailly (2005-2016) – have made complete recordings of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies....
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With this Chandos release Imogen Cooper takes on the Lisztians. Typically though, befitting a pianist rarely content to tread in other people's shadows, she quietly sidesteps the pugilists, siding rather...
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Although immensely popular during the reign of Queen Victoria – even to the extent of the Finale being performed on its own by amateur choral societies – Mendelssohn’s ‘Lobgesang’ has...
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In 1897, severely disillusioned by a very critical reception, something exacerbated by what appears to have been a poor premiere (conductor Glazunov was allegedly drunk), Rachmaninov hoped to rid his...
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Antonello Manacorda performs Mendelssohn expressively, taking particular care with dynamics and achieving ideally quiet playing in the slow movements. The dark scoring of the introduction to the ‘Scottish’ Symphony, led...
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Let’s hear it for Max Reger. I often say that. He may have had a relatively short life (1873-1916) but it was used to the full: Reger was a prolific...
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As a photograph in the booklet testifies, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the US premiere of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, on 19 and 20 February 1904 conducted by Theodore Thomas. As...
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All is well at Aldeburgh. There may be plenty of strings attached to the first work on this Richard Strauss album, but they are honed and unanimous in the service...
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