MOZART: Violin Concertos

“With this recording we wish to present a fresh version of the most elegant violin concertos in the history of music. While respecting the origin and tradition of this music, we have sought a new and dynamic musical experience rooted in our present time. To us, Mozart is as solid as rock, as soft 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 […]

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Christianne Stotijn. Songs by Berg, Schubert and Wolf. Christianne Stotijn/Joseph Breinl: Onyx ONYX 4009

Christopher Breunig writes as follows:  This collection of songs about dreams and fantasies has been sitting in the equivalent of my ‘in tray’ for far too long, I discover! The Delft-born mezzo has been coached by Jard van Nes and Dame Janet Baker, and was chosen by Haitink for his Mahler ‘Resurrection’ performance at this […]

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SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No 4 – review

Vasily Petrenko ensures the proportions and sometimes wild discourse of this symphony are held in perspective, syas Geoffrey Norris Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, cond Vasily Petrenko /  Naxos 8.573188  /£6.99 The chequered performance history of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony has lent it a mystique over and above all the interpretations of what his message – whether […]

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The women erased from musical history

Radio 3 has announced a new, large-scale recording project that will allow listeners to hear the music of five “forgotten” women composers for the first time in decades. All five women enjoyed some recognition for music-making during their lives, but their achievements were often downplayed during their lifetimes, and in some cases forgotten after their […]

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MAHLER: His Ninth … a centenary celebration

On the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, Gramophone Magazine recommend the most outstanding recordings Essential Recordings / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan – DG Double 453 0402GTA2 (132′ · ADD · Recorded 1979-80 ) Mahler’s Ninth is a death-haunted work but is filled, as Bruno Walter remarked, ‘with a […]

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‘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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Why is Sibelius’s piano music so neglected?

Leif Ove Andsnes champions the composer’s keyboard music. I am fascinated by famous composers who have areas of music that are unknown, not only to the general audience but even to musicians and people in our field. This is especially the case with piano music, and no wonder! After all, there is so much piano […]

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MONTIVERDI: Vespers – which recording is best?

A pillar of Baroque sacred repertoire, Monteverdi’s Vespers is open to countless interpretations on record, as Lindsay Kemp discovers. Monteverdi’s Vespers is an iconic work in more ways than one. For the composer, who published it 400 years ago in 1610, it was a calculated summation of his skill as a writer of sacred music […]

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