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...
Chandos releases Eugene Goossens from Melbourne

Chandos releases Eugene Goossens from Melbourne

Best remembered as a conductor, Sir Eugene Goossens (1893-1962) wrote quite a few pieces; here are his Opuses 62 (the 40-minute Symphony 2) & 63 (Phantasy Concerto, for violin and orchestra, lasting half-an-hour); both have four movements. Neither work is a...