Recordings

Imagine a fabulous gem that’s been given a slipshod setting then buried in a cake of mud for generations. It may appear unappealing on the surface, yet beneath the aesthetic...
And so begins “The Beethoven Journey”. It must be difficult to brand – if it needs to be done at all – something as timeless as recording Beethoven piano concertos,...
The great Igor Markevitch (1912-83) started out as a composer (he was a pupil of Nadia Boulanger) but turned to conducting full-time from 1942 and made his career in post-war...
With good reason, Chandos is standing by its man Jean Efflam Bavouzet, the French pianist who has built up a wide-ranging discography, including Ravel, Debussy and Haydn. Despite the label’s...
A spirited Le corsaire leads off this impressive Berlioz collection from Lyon, an admirable debut disc from the excellent Orchestre National of that city and its recently appointed music director,...
Long before conductors were afforded the luxury of using period instruments, Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) was being faithful in providing what the scores showed as to composers’ notation. He did...
The concert hall is fast becoming the medium of choice for operatic recording. It’s easy to see why: the frisson of live performance is safeguarded, yet the pitfalls – not...
A release in a thousand! Not so much keenly anticipated as believed to be lamentably lost, for it seems that Paavo Berglund vetoed these recordings’ release. One must respect that,...
A real slice of history, this, a well-aimed mining of the archive that finds the ill-fated Guido Cantelli (he died in an aircraft crash in 1956 aged 36) in vivid...
A generous and handsome Debussy package from Chandos, something of a ‘golden farewell’ for Stéphane Denève given, at the time of the recording sessions, he was on the cusp of...
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