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Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos. 6 & 7

Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) & Alexander Melnikov (Graff fortepiano)

Melnikov works wonders with his 1828 Graff piano, managing to make it less clattery and more piano-like than in most other fortepiano recordings. More…

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Walton: Symphony No. 1 & Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

Little's way with the virtuoso passages is a notch less headlong than [on her earlier recording], allowing the ear to savour her phenomenal accuracy, yet with no loss of fire...Gardner and the... More…

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

Weilerstein plays across the bar lines, stressing the fluidity and intimacy of the composer’s lyrical lines. More…

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Per Nørgård: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8

Vienna Philharmonic, Sakari Oramo

The premiere recording of Nørgård’s latest symphony is a rewarding listen, the Vienna Philharmonic bringing their perfection to his fascinating and attractive sound world. More…

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann

Maria João Pires (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

[Pires] has the enviable ability to make everything sound fresh but natural, and her tone is enchanting...The definition on [the Blu-ray] is superb and the camera work actually helps the viewer... More…

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Sea Pictures

Stuart Skelton (tenor), Sarah Connolly (mezzo) & David Soar (bass), Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

BBC Symphony Chorus & BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

among the best Gerontius performances on record. Davis resists the temptation to make the work sound like a flabby, imitation Parsifal and the results are outstandingly convincing...[Skelton]... More…

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5 (Complete)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grasp of the very different personalities of each piece. Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic perform... More…

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Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

Steven Isserlis (cello) & Robert Levin (fortepiano)

This set contains of the finest Beethoven performances you are likely to hear. Steven Isserlis is on blazing form: every note lives, every movement is characterised with infectious relish; his... More…

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Wagner: Parsifal

Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures... More…

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Arise, my Muse

Music of the Restoration

Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Richard Egarr (harpsichord), Pamela Thorby, Tabea Debus (recorder), Bojan Čičić (violin), Stephen Pedder (violin), Julia Kuhn (viola, violin), Mark Levy (viola da gamba), William Carter (theorbo, baroque guitar)

after an hour in Iestyn Davies's genial company, 'music for a while' does indeed all our 'cares beguile'...an enthralling stroll throughout Restoration London at its musically most sophisticated. More…

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