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Winter’s Journey: Schubert’s Winterreise on film
British director John Bridcut has made a striking new film of Winterreise, Schubert’s great song cycle, with baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist James Baillieu. It’s all the more remarkable because it was made during the first year of the pandemic,
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Grigory Sokolov at Esterházy Palace – A Journey to the Sublime
In keeping with Sokolov’s insistence on releasing live recordings only, this newly released album was taken from his recital in Haydnsaal, Esterházy Palace in 2018, consisting of three sonatas by Haydn, Schubert’s Impromptus D. 935 and, as expected, a generous
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Opalescence – Piano & Chamber Works by Ruth Gipps
“A very welcome addition to recordings of Ruth Gipps’ music” A very welcome addition to recordings of Ruth Gipps’ music, this new disc, released at the end of 2021 to coincide with the centenary of Gipps’ birth (1921), contains no
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Three Together: Trio Aries Awakening
The Trio Aries, founded in Belgium and active since 2018, just released their first album, the fruit of their winning the Supernova chamber music competitions in February 2020. One of the special prizes that came with being declared Supernovas was
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The Danish String Quartet Finally Celebrated Beethoven’s 250th Birthday
The award winning Danish String Quartet performed all sixteen Beethoven String Quartets from November 5-11 in an astonishing six programs—a belated celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday worth waiting for. The ensemble was originally scheduled to perform the works in a
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Labyrinths
David Le Page – Orchestra of the Swan
Labyrinths, the latest release from Orchestra of the Swan, explores themes of isolation, distance and a longing for human connection. Ideas of pilgrimage, contemplation and enlightenment are filtered through a sequence of beautifully atmospheric soundworlds. Formed in 1995, Orchestra of
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Love Came Down at Christmas
Celebrating the Anticipation, Hope and Peace of Christmas
In 2020, two British teenagers, Myron and Archie, former boy choristers with the renowned Magdalen College Choir, Oxford, recorded a very special album of music arranged for the unusual ensemble of treble duet. Myron and Archie’s debut album LOVE IS….
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Making the Case for English Piano Music
Duncan Honeybourne
‘De Profundis Clamavi’, a recent release by British pianist Duncan Honeybourne on the EM Records label, makes a persuasive and enjoyable case for lesser-known English composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Recorded in August 2020 in between the UK
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