Gunning for music: I Ken the Woods from the trees.

Christopher Gunning (English composer, born 1944) conducted by Kenneth Woods. This Signum release embraces Gunning’s Symphonies 10, 2 & 12 (in that order) and finds the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in top form under the devoted Woods, superbly recorded in...

Cherubini Discoveries [Chailly/Decca]

The Discoveries are nine first recordings, all of them with Marche or Marcia in the title. The music of Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842, he was born in Florence and moved to Paris and became a French citizen) was highly regarded during his lifetime, not least by Beethoven,...

Ed Gardner & Schubert

Edward Gardner and the CBSO continue their Schubert Symphony Cycle for Chandos. Volume 2, recorded in Birmingham Town Hall, couples Symphonies 2 & 6, both delightfully done. Gardner’s fleet tempos (other speeds are available; conversely, the Trio of No.6 drags a...
Beethoven 250: Pollini 109-111 [Deutsche Grammophon]

Beethoven 250: Pollini 109-111 [Deutsche Grammophon]

In other words, Beethoven’s Final Three Piano Sonatas, Opuses 109, 110 & 111. Recorded live in Munich in June last year, with applause removed to allow a continuous sequence, Maurizio Pollini’s approach is essentially no-nonsense – fiery and direct – but, as the...