Fires Of Love, "Remember Me My Deir" (Delphian)
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Tuesday 28 September 2010
Sunday 26 September 2010
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the period-instruments orchestra Apollo's Fire was founded in 1992.
Thursday 23 September 2010
As if it wasn’t enough to open a new London Philharmonic season with a simply tremendous performance of Mahler's 3rd Symphony, Vladimir Jurowski could not resist adding a preface. And the music he chose not only reminded us of the intriguing connection with Mahler's younger contemporary, Alexander Zemlinsky, in that both men loved the same woman, Alma Schindler, it also looked at life, love, and destiny from an obliquely different perspective.
Sunday 19 September 2010
Conductor Pierre Boulez brings welcome astringency to Szymanowski’s colour-burst orchestration in this live recording of the composer’s first Violin Concerto.
Friday 17 September 2010
With Arvo Pärt's Symphony No 4 only recently released, it's a convenient point to compare his Symphony No 3, written nearly 40 years earlier, which forms the centrepiece of this album helmed by Kristjan Järvi, younger brother of Paavo.
Sunday 05 September 2010
The Mahler had come the night before – this second Berlin Philharmonic Prom imaginatively chronicled the before and after.
Prom 62, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Prom 57, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Prom 61, Royal Albert Hall, London
Sunday 05 September 2010
Saturday 04 September 2010
Friday 03 September 2010
Written when the composer was just 17, the Symphony in C was regarded so dismissively by Bizet himself as a juvenile trifle that he neither published it nor had it played during his lifetime.
Thursday 02 September 2010
Like the Matthias Grünewald paintings that inspired it, Paul Hindemith’s Symphony “Mathis der Maler” sounds somehow, and quite miraculously, to be illuminated from within.
Saturday 28 August 2010
In a former life when the Minnesota Orchestra was the Minneapolis Symphony and “Living Presence” was a phrase on the tip of every record buff’s tongue, it would almost have come as a disappointment to hear the sophisticated beast the orchestra has now become in an acoustic as generous as the Royal Albert Hall.
Friday 20 August 2010
Almost 40 years on from his third symphony, Arvo Pärt returned to the form with this "Los Angeles" symphony, recorded at that city's Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic last year.
Monday 09 August 2010
Stephen Montague’s ‘Wilful Chants’ is a setting of primitive ululations, spells of sorcery, and Latin phrases wrapped in a shroud of synthetic liturgical cloth.
Saturday 24 July 2010
It’s the highlight of every “Last Night”, the nation’s unofficial National Anthem, but for its composer Hubert Parry Jerusalem has proved as much of a millstone (as opposed to milestone) as Land of Hope and Glory has for Elgar.
Wednesday 21 July 2010
It was Semyon Bychkov’s last concert as principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, and reaching the summit of Strauss’ Alpine Symphony could and should have been a big deal – the Albert Hall is a natural environment for this musical blockbuster.
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