Recordings

As is said in the booklet note accompanying this release, not many cellists have had a statue made of them in their lifetime. Yet that is the extent of the...
The public performance of J. S. Bach’s ‘48’ – together with his keyboard Partitas and Suites – on the modern concert-grand piano is a relatively recent practice, possibly within living...
Max Reger (1873-1916) is a composer whose best music rewards the effort taken to absorb it – and so it proves with the Violin Concerto of 1907. Almost unfeasibly massive...
Treasure-troves like this don’t come along every day. Maurizio Pollini’s Deutsche Grammophon recording from the 1970s has long been acknowledged as one of the finest versions of Chopin Etudes. Now...
Shostakovich’s cello concertos move quickly from loud exclamations to intensely private thoughts, often within the same musical paragraph. A wide range of tone and colour is required from both the...
The name Julie Taymor, plastered all over the credits for this MET Opera DVD, raises expectations of an acrylic-coloured fantasy world peopled by oversized comic-book puppets. And so it proves....
A warm welcome can be extended to this atmospheric and very involving complete Daphnis et Chloé, from a concert that took place before Bernard Haitink got to recording the work...
Two classics of English music conducted by the super-versatile, unclassifiable Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (born 1931), his conducting exploits seemingly open to anything and everything. The word ‘eclectic’ doesn’t begin to do...
Whenever I have come across the songs of Michael Head I have been left wondering why we don’t hear more of his work for solo voice and piano. Michael Dewar...
The presentation of this set is lavish – a smart box surrounds a linen-bound booklet which binds in the notes together with the compact discs. Included is a bonus DVD...
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