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BBC Philharmonic & John Wilson - Eric Coates: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2024)

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BBC Philharmonic & John Wilson - Eric Coates: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2024)

BBC Philharmonic & John Wilson - Eric Coates: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2024)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 1:01:26 | 258 Mb
Genre: Classical

John Wilson’s fourth volume devoted to music by Eric Coates opens with Music Everywhere, a rousing march that was commissioned by Britain’s first independent TV and radio service, Rediffusion, for use as its signature tune. The concert waltz Footlights is a life-affirming evocation of the glamour of the inter-war West End, created just weeks before the start of the Second World War. In wartime, as it turned out, the demand for refreshing, morale-boosting music would be higher than ever. Coates's ‘Souvenir’ I Sing to You was premièred on 14 March 1940 – the week in which wartime meat rationing was introduced in the UK. Composed for his young son Austin, The Three Bears Phantasy transports the Goldilocks fairytale firmly into the 1920s. From Meadow to Mayfair reflects Coates’s own journey from rural Nottinghamshire to life in London. Under the Stars, composed in 1928, marks the first inclusion by Coates of an alto saxophone in his orchestration. The Four Centuries Suite is one of Coates’s most substantial compositions – not only in length, but also in the size of the orchestra. Its four movements evoke the musical styles of the sevent eenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Dedicated to his wife, Phyllis, the work is also a celebration of the couple’s lifelong love of dancing.

Albert Dohmen, BBC Philharmonic & John Storgårds - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 - Pärt: De profundis (2024)

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Albert Dohmen, BBC Philharmonic & John Storgårds -  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 - Pärt: De profundis (2024)

Albert Dohmen, Estonian National Male Choir, BBC Philharmonic & John Storgårds - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 - Pärt: De profundis (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 280 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:31
Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos Records

John Storgards's acclaimed series of Shostakovich symphonies continues with this recording of Symphony No. 13. The BBC Philharmonic is joined by the bass-baritone Albert Dohmen and the Estonian National Male Choir. The symphony, subtitled 'Babiy Yar', caused a great deal of tension and controversy in the lead-up to its premiere, in December 1962 - not because of the music, but the poetry.

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (2011)

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Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (2011)

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 78:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 5086 | Recorded: 2010

That The Planets occupies a place at the heart of the English musical repertoire is indisputable, yet much of Holst’s orchestral output is unjustly neglected. Chandos’ series demonstrates that Holst was a composer whose inventiveness and originality was not limited to one work. The series was originally to be conducted by Richard Hickox who sadly passed away in 2009 after completing Volume 1, released to great critical acclaim. Gramophone stated that ‘Richard Hickox’s final project, reviving little-known Holst works, is a triumph’.

John Storgårds, BBC Philharmonic - Mieczysław Weinberg: Dawn; Symphony No.12 (2023)

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John Storgårds, BBC Philharmonic - Mieczysław Weinberg: Dawn; Symphony No.12 (2023)

John Storgårds, BBC Philharmonic - Mieczysław Weinberg: Dawn; Symphony No.12 (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 73:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 20165 | Recorded: 2022

Every five years the Soviet Union celebrated the anniversary of the October 1917 Revolution with large-scale public events, to which the country’s leading artists were expected to contribute. Mieczyslaw Weinberg, like his friend Shostakovich, enjoyed mixed fortunes with his efforts. The symphonic poem Dawn (Zarya), Op. 60, dedicated to the fortieth anniversary of the Revolution, seems to have remained unperformed during his lifetime, despite its ideologically irreproachable content. Its première was finally given in the BBC studios in Manchester, on 15 May 2019, by the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgards.

Matthias Bamert, BBC Philharmonic - Stokowski's Symphonic Bach (1993)

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Matthias Bamert, BBC Philharmonic - Stokowski's Symphonic Bach (1993)

Matthias Bamert, BBC Philharmonic - Stokowski's Symphonic Bach (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 70:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9259 | Recorded: 1993

This is surely what the name Stokowski linked to Baroque music conjures up - a vast orchestra, deployed with great skill in his fabulously lush orchestrations. Beautifully played and recorded.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2; The Rock (2010)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2; The Rock (2010)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2; The Rock (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 74:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10589 | Recorded: 2008, 2009

Unlikely his First Symphony, Symphony No.2 is standard orchestral repertoire. A recent concert at the Bridgewater Hall, elicited the review, ‘Noseda showed his remarkable affinity with Rachmaninoff’s style. He combines an ability to sustain the long structures of its emotional climaxes with a vocalistic approach to phrasing which lifts the tunes out of the texture and lefts them sing. It’s almost operatic in its vividness.’ City Life.

BBC Philharmonic & John Storgårds - Weinberg: Dawn; Symphony No. 12 (2023)

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BBC Philharmonic & John Storgårds - Weinberg: Dawn; Symphony No. 12 (2023)

BBC Philharmonic & John Storgårds - Weinberg: Dawn; Symphony No. 12 (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 288 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 Mb | 01:13:33
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

Every five years the Soviet Union celebrated the anniversary of the October 1917 Revolution with large-scale public events, to which the country’s leading artists were expected to contribute. Mieczyslaw Weinberg, like his friend Shostakovich, enjoyed mixed fortunes with his efforts. The symphonic poem Dawn (Zarya), Op. 60, dedicated to the fortieth anniversary of the Revolution, seems to have remained unperformed during his lifetime, despite its ideologically irreproachable content. Its première was finally given in the BBC studios in Manchester, on 15 May 2019, by the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgårds. When Shostakovich died, on 9 August 1975, it had been five years since Weinberg composed his last symphony.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Sergei Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead, Youth Symphony, Symphony No. 1 (2008)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Sergei Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead, Youth Symphony, Symphony No. 1 (2008)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Sergei Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead, Youth Symphony, Symphony No. 1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 74:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10475 | Recorded: 2008

Gianadnrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic have the work’s measure and their performance has a full-blooded intensity and fire. Tempos are well judged and orchestral textures well blended. Noseda balances a strong sense of the piece’s architecture with its expressive eloquence and rich nostalgia it is a reading that can rank alongside the classic Ormandy and Pletnev accounts, both of whom bring a special authority to the Symphony.

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (2002)

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Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (2002)

Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, opus 43 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 73:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BBC Music Magazine | # BBC MM220 | Recorded: 2000

The Fourth Symphony has acquired a rather special status in the last few decades. It is Shostakovich’s first really mature symphony (a distinction which used to be conferred on the Fifth), and though Shostakovich had not quite finished it when he was viciously attacked in the pages of Pravda, the general consensus has been that it represented the composer’s genuine artistic aims, unsullied by the pressures of official interference.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.4 (2008)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.4 (2008)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.4 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 79:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10490 | Recorded: 2008

This is the fourth volume of the BBC Phiharmonic’s five-disc cycle of Liszt’s Symphonic Poems, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. This monumental survey continues to go from strength to strength through Noseda’s passionate conducting and innate Italian romanticism and has made possible a reappraisal of these unjustly neglected works. The Telegraph wrote, “…it is hard to imagine them ever sounding better than here. This is music-making full of rich colouring, refined shaping of melodic line and emotional power.”

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.3 (2007)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.3 (2007)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.3 (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 71:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10417 | Recorded: 2006

No one could ever accuse Liszt of a lack or largesse. And listening to Vol 3 in Chandos’s recordings of the symphonic poems you are made more aware that ever of his role as an over-reacher, a towering figure who sought to loosen all formal constraints and allow the river of Romanticism to rush by in full spate… it says much for the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda that they once more temper drama with discretion. They achieve a special sense of exultance rather than bombast in Festklänge… and they are no less successful in the vast spans of the Héroïde funèbre… Fluent and eloquent as ever, Noseda and his orchestra have once more been superbly recorded.

Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - César Franck: Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Les Eolides (2001)

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Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - César Franck: Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Les Eolides (2001)

Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - César Franck: Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Les Eolides (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 61:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9875 | Recorded: 2000

With so many versions of the Symphony and the Symphonic Variations available, it's surprising that these two favourite orchestral works aren't coupled more often. Here Tortelier adds an attractive bonus in the evocative tone-poem Les Eolides.

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.1 (2005)

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Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.1 (2005)

Gianandrea Noseda, BBC Philharmonic - Franz Liszt: Symphonic Poems, Vol.1 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 78:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10341 | Recorded: 2004

Volume 1 of Liszt's complete symphonic poems augurs well for the releases. Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic remind you at every turn that the days of a lofty critical dismissal of this uneven but pioneering and romantically audacious music are surely over. Coldly objective complaints about Liszt's lack of craftsmanship or melodic distinction have been echoed in other more stylishly phrased complaints: for Clara Schumann there was 'too much of the tinsel and the drum' while Edward Sackville-West could see little beyond 'the expensive glare and theatricality'.

Martin Owen, BBC Philharmonic & John Wilson - Martin Owen Plays Strauss, Schumann & Weber (2023)

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Martin Owen, BBC Philharmonic & John Wilson - Martin Owen Plays Strauss, Schumann & Weber (2023)

Martin Owen, BBC Philharmonic & John Wilson - Martin Owen Plays Strauss, Schumann & Weber (2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 248 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 152 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:05:32
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

Regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, Martin Owen appears as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. Currently principal horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he has previously served as principal horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and as solo horn of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Weber’s Concertino was written for the old, valveless ‘natural horn’; its limited range of notes (tied to the harmonic series) was extended mechanically with additional tubing (‘crooks’) and, more artfully, by virtuoso players bending notes, and varied hand stopping. The technical demands of the Concertino are testament to the extraordinary facility of the hornists of the period.

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 (2018)

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Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 (2018)

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 77:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 5192 | Recorded: 2018

Five years after the highly-praised release of Volume 3, Sir Andrew Davis returns to his exploration of Holst’s orchestral works with the brilliant BBC Philharmonic, a series initiated almost ten years ago by the late Richard Hickox, then taken over by another expert in British repertoire. This selection of orchestral works by Holst provides a remarkable overview of his career, ranging from such early works as A Winder Idyll – composed in 1897 when he was still studying at the Royal College of Music – to the Scherzo of a symphony on which he was working towards the end of his life.