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Gregory Rose Orchestral Music [Toccata Classics]

Gregory Rose Orchestral Music [Toccata Classics]

Composer-conductor-teacher (Singcircle, Jupiter Orchestra, Trinity Laban) Gregory Rose (born 1948) makes it on to the ever-enterprising Toccata Classics label, run by Martin Anderson (who is not a relation of yours truly, even if one of our mutual friends, Elizabeth,...

Classic FM’s Hall of Fame for 2020: The Winner is…

Classic FM’s Hall of Fame for 2020: The Winner is…

... Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. Interesting that I heard this on BBC Radio 4’s 11 o’clock news while CFM is still counting down to announce the Number One spot in several hours' time. Trying to steal CFM’s thunder? (Saves me tuning in later, mind!) A shame...

Zubin Mehta & the London Philharmonic

Zubin Mehta & the London Philharmonic

For its own label the LPO has dug deep into its archive for two Mehta-conducted performances: 26 January 1988 for Richard Strauss’s Symphonia Domestica and 9 April 1992 for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, both in the Royal Festival Hall. I was at the Strauss but can’t...

Semyon Bychkov & William Walton’s First Symphony

Semyon Bychkov & William Walton’s First Symphony

One of the great Symphonies, and irrespective of the composer’s nationality, Walton’s First such work (from the mid-1930s) has been championed in superb terms by Semyon Bychkov. Thanks to George Vass, via a friend, I have found on YouTube Bychkov conducting the WDR...

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...