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  February 18, 2015

World famous Irish mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray retired from the Concert Hall in 2011, and now (2013) she brings her long list of Lieder recordings to an end by returning to the studio after a decade. She has compiled a fine farewell programme of her favourite Lieder for us, which is accompanied by ... more
  February 15, 2015

Ole Kristian Ruud is well-known for his excellent cycle of Grieg's orchestral music issued by BIS. Not many listeners, however, are aware that from 2006 to 2012 he was the Director of the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces, establishing the band's reputation internationally. He has returned as ... more
  February 13, 2015

A programme by "The Three Bs" - well, not exactly, as the classical Three Bs includes JS Bach, not Béla Bartók. Rather, in this case a trio of composers who were very instrumental in developing the string quartet idiom. This disc is the first recording of the young Schumann Quartett, consisting of ... more
  February 7, 2015

Having released an excellent album of Carl Nielsen's Danish Folksongs ( ) Dacapo now turns to his Choir Songs. Nielsen wrote almost 300 songs, and apart for a few in classical format, the majority are simple popular songs, specifically for the Danish tradition of Community Singins. Paradoxily, the ... more
  February 3, 2015

Concert pianist Johann Blanchard recently made a Summer visit to his family in France to work on new repertoire. His father, also a concert pianist, had inherited many scores from a pianist by the name of Wilfred Maggiar. The documents turned up in a nearby cousin's garage and Blanchard began ... more

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