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#ClassicsaDay #ClassicalAutumn Week 3

In 2019 the Classics a Day team has been making its way through the seasons. We've had Classical Winter (January), Classical Spring (April), and Classical Summer (August). For October, we complete the cycle with Classical Autumn. I tried to steer clear of the really...

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Postwar masterpieces from Havergal Brian

Havergal Brian's reputation these days rests on his first symphony -- a record-breaker in size and scope. Thanks to recordings like this one, a more balanced picture of this British composer emerges. The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra directed by Alexander Walker...

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Karl Weigl Symphony No. 1 just shy of Mahler

As I listened to Symphony No. 1 by Karl Weigl, two descriptions came to mind -- post-romantic, pre-Mahler. That last impression isn't historically accurate. Weigl's symphony premiered in 1908; Mahler's Eighth Symphony was completed the year before. And yet...

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#ClassicsaDay #ClassicalAutumn Week 2

In 2019 the Classics a Day team has been making its way through the seasons. We've had Classical Winter (January), Classical Spring (April), and Classical Summer (August). For October, we complete the cycle with Classical Autumn. I tried to steer clear of the really...

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British Tone Poems, Vol. 2 delivers on quality

This volume of British Tone Poems features outstanding works by lesser-known composers and lesser-known works by outstanding composers. Either way, it's a win-win for the listener, especially with these performances. Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales...

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John Robertson: Virtuosity a bit uneven

For me, Virtuosity was something of a mixed bag. There were many things I liked about the recording (the music), and a few things I didn't (the playing). As a composer, John Robertson created his own path. He was mostly self-taught, and never tapped into the various...

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Victoria Bond chamber music full of revelations

Not a lot of Victoria Bond's music has been recorded. To the best of my knowledge, this Naxos release marks the sixth her music's appeared on. And only the third album exclusively devoted to her music. Bond has an active career as a conductor, but her catalog of works...

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Dmitri Tymoczko – Rube Goldberg Variations

There are two qualities I admire in Dmitri Tymoczko -- his sense of humor, and his craftsmanship. Tymoczko's titles are often humorous - like the title track on this release. But his humor also extends into the music. Several of his works have a light-hearted quality...

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