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    hjr
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    Joachim Raff’s Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’   
    Neeme Järvi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Duration:    00:08:14

    #12493
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    Erwin Schulhoff’s Three Tangos  
    Werner Herbers, Ebony Band Amsterdam
    Duration:    00:07:06

    #12494
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    Malcolm Williamson’s Piano Concerto No. 1
    Howard Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Piers Lane (piano)
    Duration: 00:18:07

    #12495
    hjr
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    Julius Reubke’s Organ Sonata ‘The 94th Psalm’
    Simon Preston, Westminster Abbey organ
    Duration:    00:26:13

    #12531
    hjr
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    Walter Braunfels’ Die Vögel
    Lothar Zagrosek, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Hellen Kwon (Nightingale),
    Endrik Wottrich (Good Hope), Michael Kraus (Loyal Friend), Marita Posselt (Wren), Wolfgang Holzmair
    (Hoopoe), Matthias Görne (Prometheus), Dirk Schmidt (Raven)
    Duration:    02:18:45

    This is a beautiful opera: one I was not previously familiar with, until David Hurwitz made a video about the composer a while back, which got me hunting around for other works by him. Anyway: it’s a very attractive piece and, on this recording, is beautifully sung. Hellen Kwon as the Nightingale is an especial standout.

    #12586
    hjr
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    Albéric Magnard’s Symphony No. 2
    Jean-Yves Ossonce, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Duration: 00:36:06

    #12587
    hjr
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    Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in E flat
    Herbert Kegel, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
    Duration: 00:33:18

    #12588
    hjr
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    Petrus de Domarto’s Missa Spiritus almus
    Andrew Kirkman, The Binchois Consort
    Duration: 00:28:36

    #12598
    hjr
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    Michael Haydn’s Symphony No. 8
    Bohadan Warchal, Slovak Chamber Orchestra
    Duration: 00:25:50

    It’s a shame Michael gets over-shadowed by his more famous brother: his music –this music- is entirely delightful and charming. Nothing that’s going to test one’s neurons or taste, but thoroughly enjoyable just the same.

    #12607
    hjr
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    Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2
    Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
    Duration: 00:39:20

    The name of Ives used to scare me, musically speaking. Weird, wacky and plinky-plonk… at least, that was his reputation as far as I had heard/learnt of it. Then I discovered he is basically an American version of Australia’s own Percy Grainger: pretty good tunes that go off and do their own thing, regardless of what else might be going around them. It’s just glorious, chaotic fun… and though the result of playing three different and unrelated tunes at the same time can maybe sound ear-wincing at times, it’s just done so boisterously that I can’t help smiling! This symphony, for examples, ends with two ‘brass bands’ playing against each other: it sounds like what might happen if two University football team’s support bands decided to play at the same ground at the same time. The final chord is worth an Oscar™ all on its own! Short version: have no fear of Ives!

    #12608
    hjr
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    Franz Krommer’s Concerto for two clarinets Op. 35
    Kalman Berkes (conductor and clarinet), Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
    Duration: 00:20:07

    I can think of very little so angelic and pleasing as the clarinet in a classical concerto. Here we get two! They burble and bubble away, as clarinets are wont to do. Bucolic and uplifting in equal measure, give me a clarinet concerto at my funeral, please!

    #12610
    hjr
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    Einar Englund’s Epinikia
    Eri Klas, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Matti Raekallio (piano)
    Duration: 00:07:36

    #12611
    hjr
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    John Bull’s Works for Keyboard
    Peter Watchorn and Mahan Esfahani
    Duration: 01:32:48

    #12612
    hjr
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    Alban Berg’s Wozzeck
    Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Franz Grundheber, Aage Haugland
    Duration: 01:29:29

    #12616
    hjr
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    Johannes Ockeghem’s Missa de plus en plus
    Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
    Duration: 00:34:25

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