‘Maria Callas Live’ box-set of remastered live recordings to be released in September

The live recordings from 1949 to 1964 are being reissued to mark 40 years since Callas’s death. The 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’s death in Paris will be marked by the release of a new 42-disc box-set from Warner Classics called ‘Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949-1964’. The box-set will be released on September […]

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The piano music of Vaughan Williams: new podcast

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s extraordinary output for orchestra and voice is a central part of the repertoire – but not so his music for solo piano or piano duet. As he releases a new disc of the composer’s complete music for solo (or two) piano, Mark Bebbington reflects on a small but significant ….. Please click […]

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THE LIFE AND WORK OF SCHUBERT

An essential guide to the greatest Schubert recordings, featuring 50 original Gramophone reviews, and a landmark series of three articles (‘The complete guide to Franz Schubert’), appearing online for the first time, which explore every aspect of Schubert’s extraordinary output and much more besides! Please click HERE to view  

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Watch: From Peer Gynt – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner

  A live performance from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with soprano Ann-Helen Moen The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have Edvard Grieg’s music in their blood (the composer was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1880-82) and the wonderful performance of highlights from his Peer Gynt below simply bursts with energy. The concert is …. Please click HERE […]

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Grainger: Folk Songs CD review – a beautiful celebration of a subversive composer

Disarming and engaging … pianist Christopher Glynn and soprano Claire Booth. Andrew Clements writes: More than half a century after his death, Percy Grainger’s true stature as a composer remains hard to pin down. For all that his own music trampled across stylistic boundaries and cheerfully subverted the conventions and proprieties of concert music, and […]

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Rafał Blechacz: Johann Sebastian Bach

  The Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, particularly lauded for his Chopin interpretations, now turns to Bach, a composer with whom he has enjoyed a long association, having studied organ as well as piano in his younger days. It’s a strikingly personal programme and he launches it with an account of the Italian Concerto that exudes […]

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Brahms: String Sextets CD review – lithe recordings by a dream-team ensemble

Erica Jeal writes: The Capuçon brothers, violinist Renaud and cellist Gautier, plus others including cellist Clemens Hagen make this lineup for Brahms’ two glorious string sextets something of a dream team. These recordings were made at last year’s Aix-en-Provence Easter festival, but there’s little bar the odd swoopy slide to remind us that it’s not […]

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Brahms is a prickly composer – but a powerful one

As Radio 3 dedicates a week to the German composer many find difficult to love – but whose work was hair-raisingly modern. Ivan Hewett writes: Some composers we know are lovable, just because the whole world loves them. Think of Mozart or Tchaikovsky or Puccini. Brahms is different. In person, he was as prickly as […]

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RAVEL: Antar; Shéhérazade CD review – a perfumed foray into Arabic legend and an intriguing curiosity

Andrew Clements writes: In 1910, Ravel was commissioned by Paris’s Théâtre de l’Odéon to provide the incidental music for a new play by the Lebanese writer Chekri Ganem. It was based on The Romance of Antar, a 12th-century Arabic epic about the exploits of the pre-Islamic poet and knight Antarah ibn Shaddad, and the source […]

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