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REPOST: Edward German’s ‘Norwich’ Symphony

REPOST: Edward German’s ‘Norwich’ Symphony

Best known these days (if at all) for his operetta Merrie England, Edward German (1862-1936) was once highly respected. Sir Arthur Sullivan once famously said of German that he was “the one man to follow me who has genius”. He also wrote operas on Nell Gywn and Tom Jones. A performance of Tom Jones (written …

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Whispers of Tradition: (re)inventions for recorder

Whispers of Tradition: (re)inventions for recorder

Winner of the 2021 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, Max Volber carries forward the Baroque tradition of insatiable transcribing in his new disc. He is heard as recorder player on this disc, but is also an active harpsichordist, in keeping with the Baroque tradition of multi-instrumentalism. He teaches at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Here’s a trailer for Whispers of …

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Busoni’s gargantuan Piano Concerto

Busoni’s gargantuan Piano Concerto

It must surely be the most daunting piano concerto in the repertoire. Ferruccio Busoni’s Piano Concerto in C-Major, BV 247 spreads over 72 minutes in this performance (there are longer: Postnikova takes an eternity); it includes a male chorus in the ;last of its five movements, a setting of words from Adam Oelenschläger’s verse-drama Aladdin. …

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Vivaldi Opera: L’Olimpiade at the Linbury

Vivaldi Opera: L’Olimpiade at the Linbury

Vivaldi L’Olimpiade, RV 725, Soloists; Orchestra of Irish National Opera / Peter Whelan (director / harpsichord). Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 13.05.2024 Production: Director – Daisy EvansCostume & Set Designs – Molly O’Cathain Lighting Design – Jake Wiltshire Movement Director – Matthew Forbes  Cast: Licida – Meili Li Clistene – Chuma Sijeqa Aristea – Alexandra Urquiola Megacle– Gemma Ní Bhriain (walking); …

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Elgar and Roderick Williams: conjoined meditations on Death

Elgar and Roderick Williams: conjoined meditations on Death

R. Williams, Elgar Daniel Norman (tenor, Gerontius); Jennifer Johnston (soprano, Angel); Roderick Williams (baritone, Angel of the Agony); The Bach Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra / David Hill (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 16.05.2024 Roderick Williams Cusp (World Premiere) Elgar The Dream of Gerontius The Dream of Gerontius is one of Elgar’s supreme masterpieces, and a cornerstone …

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Lalo and (Enrique) Casals Cello Concertos

Lalo and (Enrique) Casals Cello Concertos

Although we perviously carried a release announcement of this release, it is perhaps good to have a more in-depth look (and listen!). The performance of the Lalo Cello Concerto in D-Minor celebrated his 200th birth anniversary in 2023 (his dates are 1823-92). It is a fascinating piece, full of folkloristic influences alongside those of Beethoven …

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More Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in the rare 1872 version

More Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in the rare 1872 version

Until now, if one comes across Bruckner’s Second Symphony – a less likely scenario than encountering No. 3 – it would be in the 1877 version. Here is the 1872 score, almost unperformed but heard here in a fine performance. Bruckner scholar William Carragan edited this score, and it is heard in a most persuasive …

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Many trees, not so much wood: Klaus Mäkelä conducts Bruckner

Many trees, not so much wood: Klaus Mäkelä conducts Bruckner

Bruckner Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Klaus Mäkelä. Kulturpalast, Dresden, 10.05.2024  Symphony No 5 (1875/76; 1878 version, ed. Leopold Nowak, Third Revised Edition of 2005)  Klaus Mäkelä’s career is in stratospheric mode. He takes over the helm of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2027 as the orchestra’s eighth Principal Conductor; he already has his hands full with …

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Pianist Francesco Piemontesi impresses in Dresden

Pianist Francesco Piemontesi impresses in Dresden

Beethoven, Debussy Francesco Piemotesi (piano). Palais im Grossen Garten, Dresden, 11.05.2024 Beethoven Piano Sonatas: No. 21 in C, Op. 54, ‘Waldstein’; No. 30 in E, Op. 109  Debussy Préludes, Book II, L 131  The title for this year’s Dresden Festival is ‘Horizons’: as Jan Vogler, the director of the 47th festival says, … far too …

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Alice Sara Ott in Beethoven

Alice Sara Ott in Beethoven

This is, in many ways, a fascinating disc. The interest here lies in the couplings: a carefully-judged mix of the super-familiar with the rare. The Concerto, No. 1, has been covered here on Classical Explorer a number of times, often through complete sets. The Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra under Karina Canellakis joins Ott for her …

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