Vladimir Horowitz plays Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta at Avery Fisher Hall, New York in 1978.

Born in Russia, Horowitz emigrated in 1925 and in 1939 made his home in New York. His technical and flair won him a huge following and his concerts sold out within hours. He performed and recorded with Arturo Toscanini (who became his father-in-law). During his career he recorded for RCA, CBS and, late in life, […]

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Music and Tyranny: The Rest is Silence – by C J Schuler

From our archives ….. At last Friday’s Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, the Warsaw Philharmonic, brilliantly conducted by Antoni Wit, presented a powerful programme of Polish and Russian music written under the shadow of Nazism and Stalinism: Lutosławski’s propulsive Concerto for Orchestra, Shostakovich’s lyrical Second Piano Concerto, glitteringly played by Alexander Melnikov, and Panufnik’s […]

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HAYDN: String Quartets, Op. 33 (the “Russian” Quartets) Haydn’s “Russian” Quartets From a Great Russian Quartet Borodin Quartet Review By Joe Milicia

Haydn’s Op.33 set of six string quartets, written in 1781 when he was 49, were his first in ten years, and are generally considered to show the composer reaching a new level of subtlety and sophistication — in short, wit — in chamber music. This quality, along with Haydn’s characteristic robust energy and a sentiment […]

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Tchaikovsky and Nielsen Violin Concertos. The Norwegian violinist talks to Sarah Kirkup about her third recording for EMI Classics

From our archives….. “Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang’s third EMI Classics recording (out now) features the Tchaikovsky and Nielsen Violin Concertos. She talks to Gramophone deputy editor Sarah Kirkup. Q: Why pair the Tchaikovsky with the Nielsen? A: To me, they complement each other, rather like the Elgar and Dvořák Cello Concertos. Sixty years ago, the […]

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OPERA: The opera novice

Until last year Sameer Rahim had little interest in classical music – but now he is hooked on opera. In a new column he offers a novice-eye’s view of this seemingly forbidding but truly magical art form. I grew up in a household where not a note of classical music was played. I must have […]

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Frederick Delius: Discography

“Delius has featured in the record catalogues since the 1920s and over the years a vast legacy of recorded music has accumulated, including many incomparable – and definitive – performances. Unfortunately the majority of those discs are currently unavailable as nowadays most record companies tend to keep even new issues in their catalogues for a […]

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The Secret to Classical Music: It’s Just Music – writes Benjamin F Carlson

Even if you have eclectic tastes, if you’re under 30, chances are good you listen to little or no classical music. This isn’t an admonition; it’s a fact, and one you’ve probably heard before in an admonishing tone. For decades, classical music has been in lugubrious decline. This trend has become a grave concern for […]

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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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BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Britten at 100 Box Set – Tony Palmer’s Classic Films. “Overall, a must for lovers of Benjamin Britten’s music.”

4 DVD Box Set celebrating Benjamin Britten’s centenary, The superb box set contains four films about Benjamin Britten directed by legendary filmmaker Tony Palmer. Contains – – A Time There Was: Palmer’s portrait film on Britten – Benjamin Britten and his Festival: a behind the scenes look at the Aldeburgh Festival – The Burning Fiery […]

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FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY: Sakari Oramo Sibelius Cycle: Symphony No 6 – Radio 3 in concert

Live from the Barbican. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius’s 4th & 6th Symphonies. Lisa Batiashvili joins for Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No 2. Presented by Martin Handley Sibelius: Symphony No 6 Anders Hillborg: Violin Concerto No.2 (UK premiere) 8.15 Interval 8.35 Sibelius: Symphony No 4 Lisa Batiashvili (violin) BBC Symphony Orchestra […]

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Why write symphonies?

‘I would like to think we might now be in a phase when composers no longer seek merely to impress with complexity’ Why write symphonies? People often ask me this. They are probably mindful that I’ve spent most of my active life composing for the media. First it was TV commercials – including my music […]

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SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C, D956, review

  Geoffrey Norris writes: Coming in at No 3 behind Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, Schubert’s C major String Quintet of 1828 has long been a favourite on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, with 72 guests selecting it as a castaway essential since the programme started in 1942. It is the […]

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DXD Captures The Magic of Mahler; Largest DXD recording to date with Horus and Pyramix

First published in February 2014: LAWO Classics is a highly respected specialist recording label from Norway. Not to be confused with a well known audio console manufacturer, Vegard LAndaas and Thomas WOlden have just recorded their most ambitious project to date. Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by their new Chief […]

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FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY: Alexander Vedernikov conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. BBC Radio 3 in concert

Live from City Halls Glasgow Presented by Kate Molleson Alexander Vedernikov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the 11th Symphony by Shostakovich; and they are joined by Denis Kozhukhin to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 0810 Interval 0830 Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 (The Year 1905) Denis Kozhukhin (piano) […]

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