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Both the 30th-anniversary of his death and, more to the point, the centenary of his birth passed without any consequence. Humphrey Searle (1915-82) deserves better and this disc of (mainly)...
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Time was when the music of Bernard van Dieren (1887-1936) was more discussed than heard, then hardly discussed at all, yet there is no better way into his output than...
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This re-issue provides a welcome opportunity to reappraise one of the milestone recordings in the history of Handel opera. At the time few of the canon had been recorded, and...
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Iphigénie en Tauride (1779) was Gluck’s penultimate opera, written in Paris and premiered there, before the cool reception of what turned out to be his final opera, Echo et Narcisse,...
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All the requirements of ‘period’ performance are here: The London Haydn Quartet uses gut-strung instruments and plays at lower pitch as used in the late-eighteenth century. There is a keen...
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Find the right volume setting and the recorded sound is admirably spacious, focussed, detailed and dynamic; the bass line is especially strong. The booklet includes an article by Paavo Järvi...
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Handel’s Messiah isn’t just for Christmas (or Lent) but is a masterpiece that has endured across the generations since its 1742 premiere and survived intact the various performing traditions and...
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Having been impressed with Jack Gallagher’s Second Symphony, I can now report that his piano music is just as good. Gallagher (born Brooklyn in 1947) has the knack of communicating...
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It’s a real pleasure to listen to Kenneth Hesketh’s piano music, played with such dedication by Clare Hammond, and superbly recorded, too. Opening with Through Magic Casements (2008), it is...
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Although Ernst Krenek (1900-1991) embraced many musical styles and factions over the course of his lifetime, including jazz, his song-cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen is a relatively early work...
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