• 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. ...
  • Vinyl goes from strength to strength

    Vinyl goes from strength to strength

    On the second of January every year, the BPI (the British Phonographic Industry, basically the RIAA of the United Kingdom) and the Official Charts Company releases details of music sales performance in the previous year. ...
  • 24 bits of Christmas, with love from Linn

    24 bits of Christmas, with love from Linn

    From the Linn Records press release: Enjoy the gift of free high-resolution music this Christmas Award-winning record label and high quality music systems manufacturer, Linn, have announced their special gift to music lovers this Christmas. ...

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