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Franz Schmidt Complete Symphonies
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Paavo Järvi has emerged among the most assiduous recording artists of today, threatening to outdo his father in symphonic cycles (witness his Beethoven, Brahms, Nielsen, and Sibelius for RCA). Almost...
Cramer Piano Concertos
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This is a welcome continuation of Howard Shelley’s exploration of Cramer’s Piano Concertos. Shelley’s excellent recording of Nos.4 & 5 showed the composer at the height of his powers, Acclaimed...
The Launy Grondahl Legacy
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Several of these recordings by Launy Grøndahl – chief conductor of the Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1925 to 1956 – have appeared on the excellent 30-disc Danacord box...
Piano Quintets by d'Erlanger & Dunhill
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Baron Frédéric Alfred d'Erlanger (1868-1943) – “Baron Fred” to family and friends – was one of the great altruistic characters of pre-war London life. Born in Paris, British naturalised, the...
Lobo Masses Responsories Motets Cupertinos Luís Toscano Hyperion CDA68306
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This appears to be the first recording devoted exclusively to the Portuguese composer Duarte Lobo (c.1565-1646) since The Tallis Scholars issued his Requiem and Missa vox clamantis in 1992. Not to be...
Opera transcriptions fantasies Marc André Hamelin Hyperion CDA68320
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September 1960. Kensington Odeon. A clandestine afternoon watching Dirk Bogarde’s Song Without End biopic, a travesty redeemed only by an unknown off-the-shelf tinkler playing the soundtrack. Jorge Bolet. (Hollywood music...
Harold Shapero: Orchestral Works
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First some background. Harold Shapero (1920-2013), one of the lost greats of American music, was part of a mainly East Coast Jewish set of composers complementing the literary talents of...
brahms ws
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The dark introduction to Symphony No.1 moves forward firmly with no over-emphasis and the Allegro is a natural continuation.  This typifies Philippe Jordan’s approach to Brahms: firm momentum while always...
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Whether or not his greatest work, Luigi’s Dallapiccola’s The Prisoner is certainly his most representative through its depicting a situation of greatest emotional stress in terms the more powerful for...
CHANDOS CHSA 5198
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Coincidentally, the last concert I attended before lockdown was a marvellous Schoenberg-dominated programme from the BBCSO and Edward Gardner, and this Chandos release with the Bergen Philharmonic shows of the...
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