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Fires Of Love, "Remember Me My Deir" (Delphian)

Australian Chamber Orchestra/ Tognetti, Queen Elizabeth Hall (4/5)

At the core of the Australian Chamber Orchestra is a string ensemble, soloistic in nature, enquiring in spirit, whose connections one to the other make for a palpable kind of musical telepathy.

London Symphony Orchestra/ Mutter/ Gergiev, Barbican Hall (4/5)

For anyone who’s ever thought that the term Vorsprung durch Technik might be better applied to the superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter than a certain brand of automobile her hair-raising account of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra will have given pause.

Album: Tchaikovsky, Francesca da Rimini / Symphony No 4 – Nelsons / Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Orfeo)

Spiralling in torment, stung by the hurricanes of Hell, Dante's adulterous heroine Francesca da Rimini gropes blindly for salvation in Tchaikovsky's symphonic fantasy.

Album: Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Beethoven: The Symphonies (Decca)

The first ever performance of the entire Beethoven symphony cycle took place at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 1825, so this sequence conducted by Riccardo Chailly has plenty of history at its back.

Album: Thomas Ades, Anthology (EMI Classics)

This two-disc summary of Adès's career avoids some of the more obvious works – nothing from The Tempest, for instance – but manages to include both his youngest work and some recent, hitherto unrecorded pieces.

Album: Kent Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Beethoven: In the Breath of Time (Sony Classical)

The latest in Kent Nagano's pairs of Beethoven symphonies, In the Breath of Time posits the 6th and 8th Symphonies and the "Grosse Fuge" as illustrating Beethoven's attempt to confront the dangers of the constant march of progress while simultaneously operating at its cutting edge.

The Ninth, By Harvey Sachs

Both a writer and a conductor, Sachs registers the huge shock achieved by a composer who in his final years had his "big-calibre artillery aimed at the future".

Prom 4: Brian Gothic Symphony, Royal Albert Hall

Two entire blocks of stalls and at least a third of the arena had been commandeered by the children’s choruses and four brass bands, each with its own timpanist; the combined BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestras sported 15 percussion players between them and the phalanx of choruses including the LSO, Brighton, Huddersfield, and Bach Choir rose either side of the organ like something out of Gormenghast.

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Album: York Bowen, Symphonies 1 &amp; 2 - BBC Philharmonic / Davis (Chandos)

Best known today for his piano music, York Bowen (1884-1961) was once hailed as the most talented of British composers.

Album: Sir Charles Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra,Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 (Signum Classics)

The latest in Signum's edition of live recordings of the Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the most satisfying, featuring the late Charles Mackerras conducting Tchaikovsky's Pathétique.

Album: Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Tchaikovsky/Schoenberg (Decca)

This splendid recording of Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, whose young players hail from all sides of the various Middle East divides, displays their consummate harmonious communality in their interpretations of these two pieces.

Album: Thomas Zehetmair, Northern Sinfonia, Franz Schubert, Hans Gál: Kindred Spirits (Avie)

Notwithstanding Hans Gál's lengthy residence in Britain – initially in flight from Nazi persecution, later by choice – Thomas Zehetmair here regards him as the epigone of the grand Viennese classical tradition that was effectively snuffed out by the Second World War.

Album: Cat's Eyes, Cat's Eyes (Polydor)

I can't abide The Horrors' second-hand Goth schtick, but singer Faris Badwan's side-project has much to recommend it.

BBC Symphony Orchestra &amp; Chorus/ Bychkov, Barbican Hall

Ask not for whom the bell tolls. Rachmaninov didn’t: he knew. Or rather he was convinced that they all tolled for him. His splendid choral symphony The Bells is full of ominous premonition with even the “Silver Sleigh Bells” of a lost youth - scintillating with some of the composer’s most expensive orchestration - promising only oblivion.

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