Posts tagged as "royal-philharmonic-orchestra"

Aromatherapy – Vol. 1

May 25, 2016

Aromatherapy, the quiet moments of classical music. And the first volume, Music for Relaxation, offers a miscellany of classical pieces from piano (the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata) to orchestral music by Grieg, Elgar and Borodin.

The Best of Tchaikovsky

April 29, 2016

A brilliant collection of some of Tchaikovsky’s most moving and most exciting moments. Continuing Eloquence’s popular ‘Best Of’ series – ideal for the newcomer.

R. Strauss: Horn Music

April 29, 2016

Barry Tuckwell provides his own, insightful liner notes for this, his second recording of the Strauss Horn Concertos (the first being with Istvan Kertesz). What makes this a particularly sought-after release is the inclusion of the rarities and the fact that Tuckwell has gone back to the original manuscripts. The Final Scene from ‘Capriccio’ is […]

Concertos from Spain – Albéni’Turina, Montsalvatge, Surinach

April 29, 2016

In 1977, Decca released an LP entitled ‘Concertos from Spain’ which coupled two contemporary piano concertos – one by Montsalvatge (‘Concerto Breve’, written for Alicia de Larrocha) and the other, Surinach’s Piano Concerto. The Surinach recording  – he was a kind of Spanish Khachaturian – has never before been released on CD. Taking advantage of the […]

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphonic Dances

April 29, 2016

Rachmaninov was so horrified by the disastrous 1897 premiere of his First Symphony that he became ‘a changed man,’ to use his own words. For two years after that fateful evening, he composed almost nothing, and occupied himself by conducting operas in Moscow and by concertising at home and abroad. The trauma caused Rachmaninov to […]

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; Elegie for Strings

April 28, 2016

Following many requests for a reissue of Ashkenazy’s Philharmonia recording of Tchaikovsky’s programmatic ‘Manfred Symphony’, many listeners will be delighted to have his searing portrayal available again. It is coupled with the little-known ‘Élégie’ which was incorporated into Tchaikovsky’s incidental music for ‘Hamlet’.

Mahler: Song Cycles

April 28, 2016

Marilyn Horne’s plum-tinged mezzo and the music of Mahler are inseparable. So far, only the ‘Fahrenden Gesellen’ songs and the ‘Kindertotenlieder’ have made their way to CD (now deleted), so it is appropriate to collect on a single CD, the three masterpieces all performed by the same artist. The ‘Rückert-Lieder’ make their first appearance on […]

Darwin – Song for a City

April 20, 2016

Christmas Eve 1974 was a nightmare for the inhabitants of Darwin (in Australia’s Northern Territory) when it was destroyed by a violent cyclone. A Darwin Appeal Fund was launched and a month later, on 25 January 1975, Richard Bonynge conducted a fund-raising concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The idea was that of […]

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1–7

March 7, 2016

Mozart’s precocious genius was as a keyboard player and composer and his father proudly paraded these gifts of his all over Europe; but Wolfgang also played the violin – Leopold’s own instrument, for which he had written a tutor that was to become famous – and throughout the years he lived at home he was […]