• Vangelis Interview

    Vangelis Interview

    Although most now associate the name with the Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner soundtracks and the score for Carl Sagan’s epic Cosmos TV series, Vangelis’ career as a composer, musician and producer spans more ...
  • Demystifying Mastering (Part 1)

    Demystifying Mastering (Part 1)

    We recently scurried down to deepest, darkest Devon to chew the fat with Simon Heyworth at his beautiful state-of-the-art Super Audio Mastering (SAM) facility. Simon kicked off his audio career in the early-‘70s at Virgin’s ...
  • The Lyrical Bassoon

    The Lyrical Bassoon

    This SACD contains tracks from Saint-Saëns and Elgar and lesser-known composers such as the German born Hindemith and Polish Tansman. The bassoon is an instrument with phenomenal range, which Hannisdal shows off with great ease ...
  • Prokofiev

    Prokofiev

    Jansen opens this album with the Violin Concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op. 63, Allegro Moderato. The haunting tones of the opening bars give the listener an immediate taste of this young Dutch musicians ability. ...
  • Shostakovich: Symphony 4

    Shostakovich: Symphony 4

    The Fourth is the stuff of legend. In 1936, Dimitri Shostakovich’s music had been denounced in Pravda (allegedly at the behest of Stalin). Shostakovich composed “an artist’s creative response to just criticism” Fifth symphony, and ...
  • Dvorak: Cello Concertos

    Dvorak: Cello Concertos

    I’m a big fan of Dvorák’s Cello Concertos (especially the B Minor) and have liked Isserlis cello work for years. He claims it’s taken almost 40 years to take on the Dvorák. It’s a bold, ...
  • Correspondances

    Correspondances

    Henri Dutilleux passed away in May this year aged 97. ‘Correspondences’ is a song-cycle based around the poems and letters of Mukherjee, Rilke, Solzhenitsyn and van Gogh, set to music. The disc also features ‘Tout ...
  • Bach Arias

    Bach Arias

    This disc of JS Bach Arias contains a beautiful melange of his works. The musicians clearly take their own interpretation on the musical directions; ‘Choral Schubler’ better known as Watchef Auf is a fine example, ...
  • 6 Sonatas for Violin & Piano

    6 Sonatas for Violin & Piano

    These particular Bach violin sonatas are written (and commonly played) with harpsichord accompaniment, but here it’s a direct transposition to the piano. In fact, this harks back to recordings made before the trend for authenticity ...
  • Advent at Merton

    Advent at Merton

    It seems appropriate as Christmas approaches (at the time of writing) to listen to Advent music. Peter Phillips and Benjamin Nicholas, both of whom have glittering musical backgrounds, lead the Choir of Merton College, Oxford. ...

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