Recordings

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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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2016 was a strong 'Russian' year for Liszt’s Transcendental Studies, with releases from Dinara Klinton and Daniil Trifonov. Klinton impressed for her organic landscape, one, I wrote at the time,...
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Pavel Kolesnikov, a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist whose teachers have ranged from the old Ginsburg/Soviet guard (Dorensky) to the elegantly Western European (Norma Fisher at the Royal...
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Alice Coote’s voice has a rich flavour nowadays, full-toned with a haunting plangency that suits Schumann particularly well. Yet in this technically flawless live recital it’s not just the mezzo-soprano’s...
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This outstanding Elgar release opens with a bracing account of In the South, Martyn Brabbins securing sweep and incisiveness, grandeur too, in an accommodating reading bejewelled with detail, sonority and...
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