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Featured Musician: A Maazel Celebration

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The discs under consideration here.

Jeremy Lee writes

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A Marvellous Rach Symphony 2 From An Unexpected Source

Jeremy Lee writes

Semyon Bychkov recorded quite a number of discs for Philips in the 80s and 90s, few of them particularly remarkable or interesting (highlights include a crushing Shostakovich 5 and 11 with the Berlin Philharmonic in its prime, though that’s more due to the Berliners’ massive sonority and the recording’s huge dynamic range than Continue reading


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Ashkenazy’s Rachmaninov Complete Piano Works

Leonard Ip writes (translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Lee)

This is the first time Decca has boxed and reissued Ashkenazy’s Rachmaninov piano recordings recorded from 1963 to 2012. To compile Rachmaninov’s “Complete works for piano”, Decca has included Ashkenazy’s remake of the concerti with Bernard Haitink in lieu of the more famous first version with Continue reading


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John Ogdon’s Fascinating RCA Legacy

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Jeremy Lee writes

To mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of British virtuoso pianist John Ogdon in 1989, RCA has wisely exhumed his complete recordings for the label, and since Ogdon did not record prolifically for RCA (most of his recordings are for EMI) this original jacket collection fits snugly on 6 discs at Continue reading