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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - Jarvi
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With this release of 'The Nutcracker' Neeme Järvi completes his splendid accounts of the three great Tchaikovsky ballets with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra for Chandos. The qualities that made the previous releases of 'Swan Lake' and 'The Sleeping Beauty' so memorable are once again in ...
Splendid organ sounds - Andrzej Chorosinski
October 27, 2014
It is rare these days for a record company, whether large or small, to move from CD to high resolution recordings, but the Polish company Musicon, much to their credit, has done just that by releasing a clutch of seven multi-channel hybrid SACDs of organ music recorded between 2010 and 2014. The ...
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 ...