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Ives/Carter/Gershwin - Seattle Symphony & Ludovic Morlot

The Guardian gave the album three stars saying: " in the Ives and in Gershwin's symphonic poem a few more risks and a touch more orchestral glitz might have lifted the performances from routinely efficient to something more memorable".

Imaginary Pictures - Kirill Gerstein

Both Schumann and Mussorgsky were wildly imaginative composers who found ways of expression that went beyond the conventional. On this recording, pianist Kirill Gerstein offers an unusual yet logical pairing of Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition' and

Prom 43: Skride, BBCSO, Gardner

The Russians were coming - and the prospect of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, even without the added attraction of hearing it in Igor Buketoff’s questionable choral arrangement where the Tsarist hymn is taken at its word and does a Boris Godunov on us,

Prom 41/Prom 42, Royal Albert Hall, London, review: 'From quietly devastating to outright heartbreak'

A parade of brass-players pace slowly around the top gallery of the Royal Albert Hall, their fanfare answered by cellos seated in a box below.

“Lest we forget”: Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony ends a poignant night at the Proms

Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony is anything but "lambkins frisking", drawing on the composer's experiences in the First World War.

Norgard: Symphonies 1 & 8 - Vienna Philharmonic, Sakari Oramo, Per Nørgård

With this world premiere recording, the Vienna Philharmonic offers new perspectives on the most visionary voice of Nordic music and one of the greatest symphonists of our time, Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932). Conducted on this occasion by Finnish

Quilter: The Complete Songbook Volume 2 review full of pleasures

Mark Stone (baritone), Stephen Barlow (piano) (Stone Records)This second of four discs will be the first complete recording of the songs of Roger Quilter (1877-1953). As well as setting Blake, Byron, Keats, Binyon and the Earl of Rochester, the Sussex-bor

Byrd: The Three Masses, Ave verum corpus review splendour and finesse

Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Baker(Hyperion)Byrd's double life, in public a member of Queen Elizabeth I's Chapel Royal in a newly Protestant England, in private a covert Catholic, directly shaped his music. Grand works such as the Great Service are amon

Herbert Howells: Stabat Mater review a fine reading

Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Alison Hill (soprano), Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Hill(Naxos)Herbert Howells (1892-1983) occupies a special place in English choral music as the composer of fresh, 20th-century approaches to the Anglican rite and

BBC Proms: Prom 36/Prom 37, review: 'Symphonic scope'

“Is there a sound addressed not wholly to the ear?” William Carlos Williams’ question echoes and re-echoes through the sonic patterning of Steve Reich’s 1983 The Desert Music, centrepiece of Prom 37, but it’s one that could have served as subtit