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Trifonov, “Evocations”

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Trifonov has already established himself as a leading pianist of our generation and this release has been met with some great reviews. What we...

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...

Mahler Symphony 5 – Jansons, Bavarian RSO

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BR Klassik’s output lately consists of first class performances. Like its recent Haitink Mahler 3, this Mahler 5 with the Bavarian RSO and Mariss...

Mendelssohn, Scottish & Reformation Symphonies, Manacorda

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There are many things to cherish in this new recording of Mendelssohn's 3rd and 5th symphonies. The Kammerakademie Potsdam with conductor Antonello Manacorda seem...
Mahler 3 Haitink Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra BR Klassik

Mahler Symphony 3 – Haitink & Bavarian RSO

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This is an exceptional Mahler 3rd. Having compared a dozen CDs before writing this review, I can attest it displaces a lot of the...

Currentzis and the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award 2017

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The BBC Music Magazine award for Best Opera recording has been a justifiable victory for Currentzis and his forces for their recording of Don...
Schubert Wand symphonies

Schubert Symphonies – Günter Wand

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This is one of the most all-round satisfactory (digital) cycles of the Schubert symphonies. Gunter Wand has been called a master of the core German...

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.
Bruckner Skrowaczewski symphonies

Stanisław Skrowaczewski

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Underrated. Skrowaczewski was an underrated conductor in his lifetime. Yes the press would review the CDs he would release on smaller record labels but...
Levit Bach Beethoven Rzewski

Igor Levit’s Variations (Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski)

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Even though I had been thinking of reviewing this 3CD set, the fact that it was recently awarded the Gramophone Recording of the Year...

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