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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 "Scottish", Schumann: Piano Concerto - Pires, Gardiner
October 21, 2014
Sir John Eliot Gardiner's new cycle of the five Mendelssohn Symphonies for LSO live gets off to an excellent start with this first issue that couples the composer's overture 'The Hebrides' with his 3rd Symphony 'Scottish'. In addition to these works, we are given a typically searching performance of ...
Chopin: Preludes - Fliter
October 20, 2014
I was very impressed by the recent recording of the two Chopin Piano Concertos by Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter on the Linn label , and this follow-up recital continues to shows her to be a performer of great distinction in Chopin's solo piano works. It hardly needs saying that as so many ...
Elgar: Sea Pictures, The Dream of Gerontius - Connolly, Skelton, Soar, Davis
October 4, 2014
It is almost half a century since Sir John Barbirolli's account of Elgar's greatest oratorio 'The Dream of Gerontius' was recorded for EMI in Manchester with the Hallé Orchestra (27-30 December 1964) and not surprisingly it quickly achieved the classic status it still enjoys today. For some it will ...
Janacek: Sinfonietta, Capriccio, Suite from "The Cunning Little Vixen" - Bavouzet, Gardner
September 30, 2014
Judging by this splendid first volume in a planned series of Janacek's orchestral works for Chandos, Edward Gardner's new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from October 2015 has the potential to yield some exciting future releases. This SACD opens with a dynamic ...
Gliere: Symphony No. 3, Op. 42 "Il'ya Muromets" - Falletta
September 22, 2014
The long life of Reinhold Glière ( 1875-1956) began under Tsar Alexander II and ended three years after the death of Stalin when the Soviet Union was led by Nikita Kruschev. His essentially conservative musical language stems from his studies with his teachers at the Moscow Conservatory – including ...