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Spanish composer and theorist Francisco Valls (c.1671-1747) is remembered, if at all, for his sacred music written for use at Barcelona Cathedral. Of the forty or so Masses composed for...
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The opening item, Troubadour Music, is a brilliantly written score showing this incomparably gifted musician at the height of his powers. A somewhat superficial assessment of the work might compare...
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Here are two world premiere recordings plus a third assumed to be ahead of the pack at the time of the concerts from which its taping derives. As is customary...
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A rarely performed choral ode by Gustav Holst has been given a new lease of life. The Cloud Messenger is a sumptuous expression of late-romanticism and the last of his...
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This release launches a planned cycle of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas from Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins. “Beethoven has been at the heart of our recital programmes for the past dozen...
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No need to reinvent Shostakovich as a samizdat cryptographer to see these works in a sympathetic, nonconformist light – but then authenticity in Shostakovich is always a vexed issue. Politics apart,...
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This Chandos release is the recording debut of an oratorio that was an immediate hit at its first outings in 1888 (starting in Birmingham, then doing the rounds of the...
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One problem with works as central to the canon as Handel’s Messiah is that they become so taken for granted, and also almost assumed to have emerged fully formed like...
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Hard on the heels of their release of King Arthur, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort now bring out Purcell’s subsequent semi-opera The Fairy Queen (1692). Although recorded at the...
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Amongst Herbert Howells’s large-scale choral works there is perhaps none so demanding as Missa Sabrinensis – deemed problematic since its Worcester Cathedral premiere under the composer in 1954. Its fortunes...
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