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Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet & String Trios - Arditti Quartet

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary (1974-2014), the Arditti Quartet, one of the most famous groups in contemporary music, has chosen to record for the second time and this is an occurrence sufficiently rare that it bears emphasizing the complete stri

Halle Orchestra: Enescu, Prokofiev , Rachmaninov - Bridgewater Hall

In 2009 Sofya Gulyak became the first female winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition. A Hallé favourite, she returns for Prokofiev’s pert and percussive Third Piano Concerto, a work of virtuosity and satire that also has moments of tender,

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Mendelssohn,Schumann & Mahler - Bridgewater Hall

"The symphony should be like the world" declared Gustav Mahler. "It must embrace everything." And that's exactly what his First Symphony does: beginning with the breathless hush of a world before creation, and ending, trumpets blazing, with a roof-raising

Maxim Vengerov & Oxford Philomusica - Bridgewater Hall

Oxford Philomusica’s Artist in Residence and supreme virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the Orchestra in Manchester to perform one of the most significant concertos ever written. At times achingly tender, and others refreshingly rugged, Brahms’s

Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio five-star review 'Wonderfully authoritative'

Over the past four decades, the Arditti Quartet have collaborated with almost all the great composers of our time, many of whom, from Elliott Carter to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giacinto Scelsi to Harrison Birtwistle, have written pieces specifically for the

CH Graun: Osteroratorium - Michael Alexander Willens

Graun's Easter Oratorio isn't well known and is performed here with the help of the Kölner Akademie. The Guardian was impressed with the singing saying: "The choral singing is notably beautiful."

Shostakovich: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets - Gerald Finley

The Canadian singer performs works by Shostakovich with the help of the Helsinki Philharmonic. The Guardian was impressed with the album saying: "Gerald Finley, always an intelligent and rewarding singer, has produced something rather special here."

Piano Quintet & String Quartet - Gabriel Pierne, Louis Vierne, Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet

The admired Goldner String Quartet presents two utterly charmingyet little-knownexamples of French chamber music by contemporaneous composers Pierné and Vierne. Pierné's fame came from his conducting, and his compositions are forgotten today. His Piano

Maurizio Pollini: Beethoven - Royal Festival Hall

The second of Maurizio Pollini's two recitals in this year's International Piano Series, this is a very special chance to hear again one of today's undisputed grand masters of the piano. Pollini's extensive range of repertoire, his breadth of cultural

Mozart's Requiem - Royal Albert Hall

Sit back and enjoy all of Mozart’s best tunes in one evening! His Requiem is among the best loved of all choral works (no. 33 in Classic FM's 'Hall of Fame'), with an intriguing history to add mystery to the music. Mozart, already a sick man, had il