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It’s all too easy to sentimentalise Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto, to stress its feminine side (if you will) and not just because it was written for the composer’s wife, Clara....
This disc appears to be the fiftieth in the Wigmore Hall Live series, which is a matter for congratulation. It is a very decent release, too, although in a crowded...
This second volume from Chandos of Alfred Casella’s music is very welcome. Very! Turin-born Casella (1883-1947) studied alongside Enesco and Ravel at the Paris Conservatoire and met Mahler in that...
Not surprisingly, although it makes for less than satisfactory programming, the Cello Concerto is placed first. It’s best to begin this Chandos Elgar collection with the Introduction and Allegro, here...
Volume Two of José Serebrier’s very welcome survey of the nine symphonies of Antonín Dvořák brings us the great Seventh as well as the equally wonderful In Nature’s Realm and...
The great talking-point of this release is sure to be the performance of the protagonist and the vocal condition of the tenor. The gulf between Rolando Villazón’s admirers and detractors...
Versatility could be Lesley Garrett’s middle name. Apart from her appearances with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North, where she has sung in a wide range...
A generous and apt coupling: the Third was Elgar’s favourite Brahms symphony and Sir Adrian Boult was a great champion of both composers. These performances from the BBC Proms find...
This is a 'straight' re-issue of what was a full-price CBS LP release documenting the first production of Einstein on the Beach, which established Philip Glass's – and co-creator (in...
Let’s not beat about the bush: this recording (originally issued on RCA Red Seal LPs) of Verdi’s sprawling revenge opera is close to ideal. Outstandingly played and sung, vividly recorded...
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