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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex & Apollon musagète - Gardiner
April 10, 2014
The pairing of two of Stravinsky's finest neoclassical works, one instrumental and one vocal, makes for a most satisfying programme on disc when performed as splendidly as on this LSO Live SACD. This recording made in April 2013, was taken from one of the many concerts organised to celebrate the ...
Mozart: Wind Serenade in B flat K. 361 "Gran Partita"
April 9, 2014
Mozart's 'Serenade in B flat KV 361 “Gran |Partita”' is the composer's grandest and most richly scored of his wind serenades and has justifiably become one of his most popular works – thanks in no small part to its use in Milos Forman's 1984 film 'Amadeus' – as the countless recordings available on ...
Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 (arr. Payne) - Pinnock
April 6, 2014
In 1918 Arnold Schoenberg formed his 'Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen' (Society for Private Musical Performance) as a reaction against the commercialisation of music in post-war Vienna. At these private concerts a wide variety of contemporary works by such composers as Ravel, Debussy, ...
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony - Pletnev
March 26, 2014
Mikhail Pletnev's 1994 recording of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony for Deutsche Grammophon was arguably the finest item of that cycle, but his new recording of the work for PENTATONE is without doubt even better in both terms of sound quality and, for this listener, performance. Those who have any ...
Raff: Symphony No. 5, Abends, Overtures - Järvi
March 20, 2014
Those with a penchant for neglected 19th century romantic symphonies will be delighted by this superb recording of Joachim Raff's 5th Symphony Op.177, subtitled 'Lenore' by the composer. The work gets its title from the popular ballad of the same name written by Gottfried August Bürger in 1773 whose ...