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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 Box Of Karl Böhm’s Late Recordings

Jeremy Lee writes

The circumstances for the reissue of these “late recordings” in a box set is rather curious.  Usually when a box set documenting the artistry of a legendary artist (in whole or in part) surfaces, its release date coincides with the anniversary year of that artist’s birth or death or other meaningful anniversaries.  Released in 2015, the present set seems Continue reading


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Great Kondrashin on Melo Classic

Jeremy Lee writes

Melo Classic, a very new label (established in 2013) specialising in issuing historical radio recordings and performances for the first time on disc, seems set out to be one of the most exciting happenings on the recent classical music scene.  All of its 80 releases so far are recordings enjoying their first CD release, thereby Continue reading


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An Overlooked Gem: Bernstein’s Tchaikovsky Suites

Jeremy Lee writes

The musical world is often a funny place where great music is neglected in favor of the same old warhorses that are mentioned over and over again.  Symphonies?  Beethoven’s 5th and 9th, Mozart’s 40th, Tchaikovsky’s 6th.  Concertos?  Tchaikovsky’s First, Rachmaninov’s Second and Third, Beethoven, Continue reading


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Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition

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Jeremy Lee writes

Hard to believe, but Bernard Haitink has already been conducting for almost 60 years, and his time as the chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra (possibly the orchestra that he is most associated with) spanned a good 25 years.  To commemorate the Dutch maestro’s 85th birthday, Decca has Continue reading