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When The Moon

As if we need any more evidence of Charles Ives’ unconventional ideas and composing techniques, this excellent recording reminds us that for him, a song

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American Chamber Music

Aaron Copland’s delightful and oft-recorded violin sonata opens this recording, whose program is one of the more intelligent, thoughtfully designed, and best played you’ll ever

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When The Moon

As if we need any more evidence of Charles Ives’ unconventional ideas and composing techniques, this excellent recording reminds us that for him, a song

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Reference Recording: Tchaikovsky--The Nutcracker (complete ballet)

February 28, 2024 12:00 pm

1. London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati (cond.) Mercury Living Presence (or Decca)
2. Concertgouw Orchestra, Antal Dorati (cond.) Philips (now Decca)
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12 Ridiculously Underplayed Symphonic Poems

February 28, 2024 10:00 am

12 Ridiculously Underplayed Symphonic Poems

Liszt: Festklänge
Rimsky-Korsakov: Skazka (Fairy Tale)
Duparc: Lénore
Sibelius: The Wood-Nymph
Glazunov: Stenka Razin
Strauss: Macbeth
Suk: A Summer Tale
Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande
Bax: November Woods
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet
Dvořák: The Wood Dove
Franck: Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne
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Sibelius! (Random Reviews from the Overflow Room 6)

February 28, 2024 5:00 am

When all of your numbered symphonies fit on just three CDs, complete cycles tend to proliferate, as you can plainly see here! ...

Reference Recording: Handel's Messiah

February 27, 2024 12:00 pm

1. Soloists, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Colin Davis (cond.) Philips (Decca)
2. Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (cond.) L'Oiseau-Lyre (Decca)
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Review: Copland's Complete Columbia (and RCA) Legacy At Last

February 27, 2024 10:00 am

Copland Plays and Conducts Copland: The Complete Columbia Recordings, Various Soloists and Orchestras, Aaron Copland, piano and conductor. Sony Classical (20 CDs) ...

Sibelius! (Random Reviews from the Overflow Room 5)

February 27, 2024 5:00 am

More symphonies, more tone poems, more of everything! There seems to be no limit to the variety of interpretations, both excellent and, well, not so much. ...

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