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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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Unusually for an opera seria – whether in Italian, or German as here – Telemann’s Miriways (1728) takes as its subject not ancient history, myth, or an episode in classic or Classical...
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