Chris Howell

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (RCA)

A legendary, visionary version of the sonata, but don’t make this your only version of the concerto [CH]

Stanfordian Thoughts: 19. Molly Brannigan

by Christopher Howell

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Porte Chiuse (Closed Doors) – (Maurizio Vetri Editore)

Absorbing reading for anyone able to read Italian and interested in Italian post-war history, both musical and political [CH]

Stanfordian Thoughts: 18. Father O’Flynn

by Christopher Howell

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Wolf: String Quartets (Hänssler Classic)

(Déjà Review) The Fine Arts Quartet enters into Wolf’s tormented world with total empathy [CH]

Haydn: 6 London Symphonies (Philips)

(Déjà Review) There is a sense that the musicians are really listening to one another, obtaining a chamber-music-like delicacy [CH]

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Beethoven: Symphony 9 (Deutsche Grammophon)

One of the great Ninths on record [CH]

Tricklir: Cello Concertos (Cello Classics)

(Déjà Review) Definitely worth exploring [CH]

JS Bach: The Keyboard Concertos Vol. 2 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Bach performances to cherish [CH]

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Bizet: Carmen (DG)

(Déjà Review) A great evening at the opera, crowned by Grace Bumbry’s great performance of Carmen [CH]

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Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) These performances will leave you marvelling anew at the music itself [CH]

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Beethoven: Symphonies 1 and 6 (Elatus)

(Déjà Review) Mravinsky’s Beethoven is revealed to be of considerable importance, and completely idiomatic [CH]

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Massenet: Werther (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) This issue will be prized by admirers of the two principals, but there are drawbacks [CH]

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the classic performances of this symphony [CH]

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (ICA Classics)

(Déjà Review) Leinsdorf belatedly enters the select list of the greatest Tchaikovsky performances on record [CH]

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Puccini: Tosca (Warner Fonit)

(Déjà Review) There are plenty of reasons for having this as well as the Callas/De Sabata [CH]

Les Chemins d’Amour (CD Accord)

(Déjà Review) It would be difficult to imagine a better duo partnership for this music [CH]

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Beethoven: Symphony 3 (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the essential Beethoven recordings [CH]

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Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano) Le Belle Immagini (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) A disc that should be bought even by those who resist hype on principle [CH]