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Schumann: Symphonies 1-4 - Ticciati
September 15, 2014
Judging by the number of recorded cycles of Schumann Symphonies that have appeared in the last year or so from conductors as diverse as Simon Rattle, Parvo Järvi, Thomas Dausgaard et al., it would appear that record companies believe that the public has an insatiable appetite for new versions of ...
Mendelssohn in Birmingham: Volume 2 - Gardner
August 23, 2014
The second volume of Edward Gardner's “Mendelssohn in Birmingham” cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra follows the same pattern as the previous issue – two Symphonies preceded by an Overture. Here it is the fine Overture to “Ruy Blas” that opens Gardner's programme in an alert and ...
Elgar: Symphony No 1 - Oramo
August 20, 2014
The internationalism of Elgar's music is now so well established that it is hard to believe that for many it was once once regarded as the preserve of just English conductors and orchestras. How much that has changed is clear from a glance at the current list of recordings of Elgar's 1st Symphony on ...
Fasch: Quartets and Concertos - Ensemble Marsyas
August 20, 2014
This is an enchanting disc of music by the little-known Baroque composer Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) – a perfect follow-up to the recent release of Zelenka Sonatas by Peter Whelan's excellent Edinburgh based period group Ensemble Marsyas. Fasch's long tenure as Kapellmeister at at the court ...
Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4 - Gergiev
August 19, 2014
The recording of two Brahms Symphonies that occupy this SACD stem from performances by the LSO under Valery Gergiev given at the Barbican in December 2012. At these concerts Gergiev paired Brahms Symphonies with those of Szymanowski – an idea that many might regard as a bizarre piece of programming. ...