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  August 2, 2014

At the time of leaving his Birmingham appointment, Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo was awarded the coveted Elgar Medal of the Elgar Society. Its purpose is to “recognise those, who are neither natives nor citizens of the United Kingdom, who have done much to further the reputation of Elgar and his ... more
  July 23, 2014

A problem with the huge popularity of these two A minor piano concertos is that listeners can become jaded with repetition, and this can also happen to conductors, orchestras and soloists alike. Well, a young prize-winning Finnish soloist, who is rapidly gaining his international reputation, joined ... more
  July 20, 2014

BIS's subtitle 'Academic Cantatas' is less attractive these days than it would have been in Bach's time. The word "academic" now has nearly become pejorative, implying dryness, boredom and a minimal degree of entertainment. How different it was in Baroque Leipzig, where the development and teaching ... more
  July 9, 2014

Here is the first SA-CD from world-class Stockholm Chamber Brass. "Then" contrasts the brass music of the Renaissance with performances now by a state-of-the art modern brass quintet. Of course, this involves using a great deal of arrangements, but back in the Renaissance, in the absence of ... more
  July 7, 2014

Now that all the sacred cantatas by Bach have been issued, BIS has turned to the seemingly less popular set of secular cantatas. A motley collection they are, 20-odd scattered remains from what was certainly a much larger assemblage written throughout his career; they must have been a significant ... more

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