Recordings

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 & Francesca da Rimini
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Back in 2012, towards the end of his Frankfurt RSO tenure, Paavo Järvi showed his broader Tchaikovsky hand with a particularly appealing account of the vernal First Symphony. Combining Germanic...
Launy Grondahl Legacy 2
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It is an interesting coincidence that other well-known conductors who were also composers were so closely contemporary with Launy Grøndahl (1886-1960). Furtwängler was also born in 1886 and Klemperer in...
Alban Berg Ensemble Wien
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It may have started out as a centenary tribute to the Society for Private Musical Performances over which Schoenberg presided during 1918-22, but the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien has now...
Liszt - Années De Pèlerinage
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“You [in Geneva] are in the best possible position to write great things: take advantage of the fact. Travel around Switzerland and Italy on foot, that is the only way...
Jascha Horenstein - Reference Recordings
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Mahler’s Third symphony was not heard in England until half a century after its composition when it was broadcast by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult on...
Bruckner Symphony No. 8 In C Minor - Wab 108 (Edition Haas)
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Here begins Sony Classical’s presentation of Bruckner’s Symphonies with Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic. Previously this conductor has recorded No.8 with Staatskapelle Dresden. The timings are similar to those...
Britten - Peter Grimes [Stuart Skelton Erin Wall Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs Edward Gardner] [Chandos CHSA 5250(2)]
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Chandos’s recording of Britten’s ground-breaking opera never lets up. Stuart Skelton mines the role of George Crabbe’s holy-fool fisherman with unerring breadth and imagination; and Edward Gardner is in total...
Haydn String Quartets Op 33 (Doric String Quartet)
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The Doric Quartet takes an individual approach to shaping Haydn’s music.  The players’ ability to express a phrase meaningfully and then progress to the next musical idea without interrupting the...
Heinz Holliger conducts Schubert 4 & 6 [Sony Classical]
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It is always a pleasure to encounter Heinz Holliger’s refreshing approach to Schubert’s Symphonies.  He performs these works in an unaffected way, respecting the tempo markings and within them shaping...
Vaughan Williams Symphony No5
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Much taken with this latest release in Martyn Brabbins’s Hyperion/BBCSO Vaughan Williams Symphony series I was conscious that it speaks with a quiet voice, unsensational to a fault. Need that...
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