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Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 2 and 3, Buniatishvili / Jarvi

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These are heartfelt, brilliant performances of the two warhorses. The playing here is not lightweight but rather brooding, revealing the dark colours of Rachmaninov's music. Both orchestra and pianist perform the concertos impeccably.

Zimerman, Schubert Sonatas D959 and D960

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Music review: Krystian Zimerman, Schubert Sonatas D959 D960   These are very interesting interpretations of the last two Schubert sonatas. Zimerman has always been what I'd...
Christian Lindberg, Steppenwolf (Viola Concerto) review

Christian Lindberg, Steppenwolf

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It's no surprise that this disc is immediately accessible and a joy to listen to. Lindberg's own compositions have always been a rewarding experience,...
Stenhammar Symphony 2 Lindberg review

Stenhammar Symphony 2, Lindberg

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Is the Stenhammar 2nd symphony a great work? Listen to Lindberg’s account and you will realise that it is. And why shouldn’t it be?...
Beethoven sonatas Osborne

Beethoven, Piano Sonatas op. 109, op. 110, op. 111, Steven Osborne

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Believe the hype and the accolades this release has received so far: this performance of the last three Beethoven sonatas is one for the ages.
NImrod Borenstein Violin Concerto

Nimrod Borenstein, Violin Concerto

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Nimrod Borenstein’s Violin Concerto is a substantial work cast in four movements. It resembles the style of Prokofiev, Barber, Glass and -dare I say-...
Beethoven 7 Petrenko review

Review: Beethoven Symphony 7, Kirill Petrenko/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Review - Beethoven Symphony 7, Berliner Philharmoniker / Kirill Petrenko (Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings) It's always a pleasure to see...
Rachmaninov concerto 3 Trifonov

Album Review: Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival (Piano Concertos 1 & 3) – Trifonov /...

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Music Review Destination Rachmaninov - Arrival (Piano Concerto 1 & 3) - Daniil Trifonov / The Philadelphia Orchestra / Yanick Nézet-Séguin /...
Beethoven concertos Lisiecki review

Beethoven, Complete Piano Concertos, Lisiecki / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

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There were times that I found the changes of tempo distracting, as in the Second Concerto which needed more energy and less thinking...
best classical 2018

Best Classical Music Albums of 2018 (Top 5)

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This has been a great year for classical music and I've found it really hard to select only 5 releases. Many of...

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