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  March 22, 2015

A remarkably rejuvenated and most welcome re-issue of a unique opera recording from 40 years ago. For many the music of Scott Joplin (1868-1917) will be associated with his numerous ragtime compositions, including 'The Entertainer', that were used in the 1973 film 'The Sting' starring Robert ... more
  March 22, 2015

When Leonard Bernstein's recording of Bizet's Carmen first appeared on LP in1973 it won a Grammy and sold over 100,000 copies as well as marking the start of Bernstein's relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, one that lasted right up to his death in1990. Thanks to this superb SACD re-mastering by ... more
  March 18, 2015

This opulent new recording of Zemlinsky's 'Die Seejungfrau' (a 'Fantasy for Orchestra') from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds is a most welcome addition to the SACD catalogue. Though this work has received a number of fine recordings on CD from various conductors, including ... more
  March 16, 2015

Rodion Shchedrin's latest opera the 'Left-Hander' is based on a novella by the Russian author Nikolai Leskov (1831-1895) entitled ' The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea'. This author is a favourite of Shchedrin who has already composed three operas based on Leskov's writing, one ... more
  March 16, 2015

Having been been most impressed with the various performances I have heard on BBC radio given by the Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård, in his capacity as both Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, I was ... more

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