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Also in January 1881
3rd: Composer Max Bruch marries Clara Tuczek, a 26-year-old contralto whom he has met, fallen in love with and become engaged to while on tour in Germany the previous summer. The couple return to Liverpool, where Bruch has been appointed as conductor
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Away From The JukeBox
Elena Urioste (violin); Tom Poster (piano) Orchid Classics ORC100126 ‘It was the second of the sonatas which Elena Urioste and Tom Poster really made me fall in love with,’ wrote our reviewer David Nice about the couple’s all-Grieg disc, released e
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Piano Trio No. 2 Dmitri Shostakovich
After completing his Eighth Symphony during the height of the Second World War, Shostakovich turned his thoughts towards a Piano Trio. He had already composed one such work early in his career, but it remained unpublished in his lifetime. This new co
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A Wild Ride Through Early 18th-century England
Suites, Sonatas and Variations by Thomas Dunford, H Eccles, J Eccles, Matteis the Elder, Matteis the Younger, D Purcell and H Purcell Théotime Langlois de Swarte (violin), Thomas Dunford (lute) Harmonia Mundi HMM 902305 74:48 mins Taking its name f
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The annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein returns, this time with Riccardo Muti at the helm. The festivities are broadcast to over 90 countries, with the UK coverage presented by Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny, leading
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Experience Shows Music Is A Matter Of Taste
The intricate relationship between music and food and drink – a bit of a pet subject here at BBC Music – reaches a new level with the recent release of Unusual Ingredients: The Experience. Created by musicians Jacob Thompson-Bell and Adam Martin with
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James Ehnes
The Canadian violinist tells James Naughtie how he can’t wait to play for live audiences again when, after such a long absence, even the most familiar works may sound brand new When you’re speaking to a string player, it pays dividends to talk to th
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Three Other Great Recordings
If anything, the Trio Wanderer offers an even wider range of tonal colouring than the Smetana Trio, though the performers are not quite as reckless as their Czech colleagues in the approach to the Scherzo . What really puts this performance on the hi
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Amy Beach: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150; Charles Ives: Piano Trio; Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio Gould Piano Trio Resonus RES 10264 60:12 mins On the booklet cover, the cables and brickwork of the Brooklyn Bridge, topped by a small American flag,
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Dame Evelyn Glennie
Sir Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in an acclaimed BBC Proms performance PLUS! Paul Riley explores the rich operatic history of Versailles ; author Sophy Roberts heads across Siberia in search of lost pianos; Brian W
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Déjà Vu
Malcolm Arnold’s daughter Katherine has launched a bid to prevent a portion of the composer’s archive being destroyed by the state and placed instead in the National Archive. The documents, dating from 1979-86 when Arnold (left) was in a psychiatric
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James Ehnes On Disc
James Ehnes has joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the studio a number of times, first in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto ( ONYX4167 ) and again in Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, which our critic Malcolm Hayes described as displ
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Continue The Journey…
Composed when he was still in his teens, Shostakovich’s First Piano Trio is a very different beast from his Second. The composer had fallen head-over-heels for a girl called Tatyana Glivenko at the time and the work – originally called Poème – has a
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Spirited Playing And Maximum Appeal
L’art du chant appliqué au piano, Op. 70; plus transcriptions of Mendelssohn, Rossini and Schubert Paul Wee (piano) BIS BIS-2515 (CD/SACD) 139:11 mins (2 discs) A rival of Liszt, Thalberg is generally known today for the scintillating pianistic f
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Simone Dinnerstein
New York-born Simone Dinnerstein hit the top of the Billboard charts in 2007 with her self-financed recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Her busy career has included premiering Philip Glass’s Third Piano Concerto, and her latest recording, A Char
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Outi Tarkiainen
Based in Lapland, the 35-year-old Finnish composer is known for her uncompromising and deeply felt works. Her affinity for the human voice and large orchestral palettes has led to commissions that include Midnight Sun Variations for the BBC Proms in
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‘Inspiration,’ Tchaikovsky noted, ‘is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.’ The Russian composer was making the point, if laconically, that music does not write itself. Nevertheless, his words also evoke the idea that ‘inspiration’ can tak
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A new year is upon us, and with it hope of enjoying much more live music than we did in 2020. Recorded music continues to keep us all going, and in the following pages you’ll find variety, comfort and – above all – great musicians. Orchestras loom la
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Piano Sonatas: No. 28 in A, Op. 101; No. 30 in E, Op. 109; No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 Nikolai Lugansky (piano) Harmonia Mundi HMM902441 67:49 mins Nikolai Lugansky may be nearly 50, but he still comes across like the stripling he was when – as pa
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The Choices
Calliope Nonesuch 0349710276 Glenn Gould (piano) Sony G010003290606R Renée Fleming (soprano), Christoph Eschenbach (piano) Decca 455 2942 Yehudi Menuhin (violin); Philharmonia/ Wilhelm Furtwängler Warner Classics 2564636912 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
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This Month’s Contributors
‘Leaving the house has been something of a novelty since March, so it was very special to meet Elena Urioste and Tom Poster, whose online concerts kept us all sane throughout the year.’ Page 26 ‘The life of an aspiring young musician is hard. Help
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Studio Secrets
Yo-Yo Ma’s inspiring online performances during the spring and summer have inspired a new album for Sony Classical. Songs of Comfort and Hope sees Ma unite (albeit at a distance) with pianist Kathryn Stott. The duo, who have been performing partners
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Pay It Forward
I first met Kerem Hasan, the superstar young conductor, at – believe it or not – a fundraiser for retired greyhounds. It was organised by Annette Crosbie, the star of BBC comedy One Foot in the Grave, featuring the pupils of Marion Blech, a local pia
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A Solid Gold ‘Silver Age’ From Daniil Trifonov
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16; Sarcasms, Op. 17; Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84; Gavotta, Op. 95 No. 2; Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20; Stravinsky: Serenade in A; The Firebird Suite; Three Movements
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BACKGROUND TO… Paul Wee (pianist)
The Australian-born pianist, following piano studies that began at the age of four, made his public concert debut aged 12 at the Royal Albert Hall. Wee undertook formal music training with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music in New York,
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Last century (it certainly feels like it) I was lucky enough to enjoy a gap year before university, and went to Paris to study the organ and piano at Rueil-Malmaison. While fees back then were very reasonable, and living costs in Paris not as eye-wat
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This month: OTTAVIO DANTONE Conductor  Il Tamerlano, RV 703 Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone Naïve OP7080 (2020) The label Naïve suggested three or four titles for us to record as part of their ‘Vivaldi Edition’ and I chose Il Tamerlano. I like
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Lord Lipsey
David Lipsey is a Labour peer. A former special adviser to Tony Crosland, the foreign secretary, and Jim Callaghan, the prime minister, his long career in journalism for titles including The Sunday Times, The Times and The Guardian culminated in writ
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An Interview With Daniil Trifonov
What is the ‘Silver Age’ in Russian music? The term is not so common outside of Russia. It refers to forms of art created in the early-20th century, a period of exploration, even perhaps with an element of shock. It also had to do with the rapidly c
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From The Archives
Born in Prague in 1930, Ivan Moravec lived there all his life and only broke through the Iron Curtain for success in America when George Szell heard his recordings. Supraphon’s executive producer tells us that if we’d met Moravec, we’d find he was ju
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