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Until at Last, Night Closes in - Gerald Krampl

This new album from the pianist features 14 newly composed tracks in a neo-classical and classical new age style.

Jommelli: Tirsi - Soprano Cantatas - Yetzabel Arias Fernandez

Nicolò Jommelli, the 300th anniversary of whose birth will be marked in September 2014, enjoyed a brilliant career during the course of which he was active at the most important theatres and ecclesiastical institutions in Naples, Rome, Venice, Bologna, V

Spohr: Die Letzten Dinge CD review fine singing from the Salzburg Bach Choir

Matthews/Goeldner/Ovenden/Foster-Williams/Salzburg Bach Choir and Mozarteum Orchestra/Bolton(Oehms)The 19th century regarded Louis Spohr (1784-1859) as one of its great composers, and Die Letzten Dinge (1826) was popular and influential in its time. The t

Boris Tchaikovsky: Piano Quintet; The War Suite CD review a remarkable work

Solovieva/Anisimov/Vanbrugh Quartet(Naxos)No relation of his famous namesake, Boris Tchaikovsky (1925-1996) was a younger contemporary of Shostakovich, who much admired his chamber music. Tchaikovskys 1962 Piano Quintet is in many ways a remarkable work:

Jommelli: Tirsi (Soprano Cantatas) CD review gleaming tone

Arias Fernández/Stile Galante/Aresi(Pan Classics)This year marks the tercentenary of the birth of Neapolitan composer Niccolò Jommelli, best known for a series of operas that make such fearsome demands on their performers that their outings are few and

Strauss: Josephs Legende - Stefan Solyom & Staatskapelle Weimar

During a guest performance in Berlin in 1913 Strauss saw Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and was so delighted by them that he declared his readiness to compose the ballet pantomime Josephs Legende (Joseph's Legend) for this extraordinary ensemble.

Strauss: Josephslegende CD review beautifully performed rarity

Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score.

Prom 71: Time for Three, BBC Concert Orchestra, Lockhart

Aaron Copland was an unlikely musical portraitist of the American plains and prairies.

Precision and controlled beauty from the Cleveland Orchestra in Prom 69

Of the ten or so orchestras I’ve listened to during this year’s Proms, the Cleveland Orchestra’s sound was perhaps the most polished, sophisticated (especially the silky strings) and disciplined of all. 

Mozart: String Quartets - Cuarteto Casals

When he dedicated a set of six quartets to Haydn in 1785, Mozart was acknowledging the latter's supremacy in this genre. However, Mozart did more than just imitate him; he integrated Haydn's innovations into his own style, thereby producing a new mileston