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Augustin Dumay is enjoying a distinguished career as a violinist and now a conductor. In the latter capacity he is here in charge of a remarkable Eastern orchestra, notable for...
The name Bob Chilcott (born 1955) is frequently heard in the same breath as that of another champion of the English choral tradition, Juhn Rutter. The comparison is not wholly...
The audience-filled Royal Festival Hall is not an easy venue for recording and there have been past failures but Signum seems to have conquered the problems, presenting sound of considerable...
The great Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov (1928-2002) began and ended his career with one of his favourite works, Rachmaninov’s choral symphony The Bells. He chose it for his final exam...
30 May 2012 – this review is published exactly fifty years to the date of the first performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in the newly-rebuilt Coventry Cathedral (destroyed in...
Simon Rattle has been conducting Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in its unfinished three-movement state for a number of years. I wonder if his reading has been influenced by adding the reconstructed...
Before I get to the specifics of this outstanding release, it may be instructive to view the historical terrain, as Dvořák’s chamber music has been subjected to more well-meant, stylistically...
Gerald Finzi’s meditative pre-war song-cycle really ought to come first on the disc, not last. For all its felicities, the smooth, bevelled contours of Dies Natalis can appear disconcertingly bland...
Once again Avie Records gives us something to treasure from the pen of Hans Gál (1890-1987), the Vienna-born composer who fled the Nazis in 1938 and who, after interment, travelled...
Avie here continues its survey of the music of Hans Gál (1890-1987) with the first recording of his Fourth Symphony, the second Orchestra of the Swan/Kenneth Woods release coupling Gál’s...
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