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Mahler Symphony No.6

Mahler: Symphony No.6

Mahler Symphony No.6Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein (conductor)

UKCD 2024/5 – 053068202428

2 CDs

Mahler specialist, Jascha Horenstein, conducts the sixth symphony – an acclaimed 1966 performance with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

‘It is a sober reading that holds together with wonderful concentration’ Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

Track Listing

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Bernard Hermann: Symphony; The Fantasticks

Bernard Herrmann: Symphony; The Fantasticks

Bernard Herrmann: Symphony; The FantasticksNational Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann (conductor), Michael Rippon, Meriel Dickinson, John Amis, Gillian Humphreys, Thames Chamber Choir.

UKCD 2063 – 053068206327

Herrmann’s 1941 symphony in a 1974 recording conducted by the composer coupled with the song cycle The Fantasticks. The symphony displays influences of Walton, Vaughan Williams and Stravinsky within a Sibelian framework producing, in effect, a musical self-portrait. The song cycle, virtually a cantata, sets words by the Elizabethan Nicolas Breton and is deeply felt displaying more of the composer’s familiar personality.

‘Herrmann and the National PO bring a greater epic feel to bear (Symphony) ……. Based on texts by the Elizabethan poet Nicolas Breton, these (The Fantasticks) are five most evocative, consistently imaginative settings, given here with disarming commitment.’ Gramophone

‘Admirable performances and very good recording (Symphony)… the soloists are excellent and the orchestral playing quite lovely. Most rewarding when the sound is so atmospheric (The Fantasticks).’ Penguin Guide

Track Listing

1-4 Symphony

5-9 The Fantasticks

 

65.08

Bennett

William Sterndale Bennett: Piano Concerto No. 4; Fantasia in A Op. 16; Symphony in G Minor

William Sterndale BennettMilton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor), Malcolm Binns (piano)

DKPCD 2032 – 053068203227

For Sterndale Bennett’s bi-centenary year, Unicorn presents a re-release of three of the composer’s most important works, expertly played by Davan Wetton’s Milton Keynes forces and piano soloist, Malcolm Binns.

‘The sound is first class, with a particularly seductive quality of piano tone. Here is an enterprising and well-produced debut record from Milton Keynes.’ Gramophone

‘Both performances are uncommonly good ones. Malcolm Binns is a persuasive advocate… Wetton paces both works admirably and clearly has sympathy for them… excellent sound and a good balance.’ Penguin Guide

Track Listing

1-3 Piano Concerto No. 4 in F Minor

4-7 Fantasia in A Op. 16

8-11 Symphony in G Minor

 

72.16

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Celebration of Scotland

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Celebration of Scotland

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Celebration of ScotlandScottish Chamber Orchestra, The Choir of St. Mary’s Music School, Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor and pianist)

DKPCD 9070 – 053068907026

Peter Maxwell Davies’ own recordings of his most popular works. A perennial bestseller.

‘Davies is a master story-teller in this vividly detailed tone painting…’ Gramophone (An Orkney Wedding)
Track Listing

1. An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
George McIlwham, Highland Bagpipes
2. Kinloche, his Fantassie
3–9. Seven Songs Home
The Choir of St. Mary’s Music School
10. Yesnaby Ground
Peter Maxwell Davies, solo piano
11. Dances from ‘The Two Fiddlers’
12. Jimmack the Postie
13. Farewell to Stromness
Peter Maxwell Davies, solo piano
14. Lullabye for Lucy
The Choir of St. Mary’s Music School
15–21. Renaissance Scottish Dances

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3London Symphony Orchestra
Jascha Horenstein (conductor)

UKCD 2006/7 – 5016908200621

2 CDs

The celebrated 1970 recording of Mahler’s third symphony with the LSO and Jascha Horenstein.

‘Horenstein is the most intensely committed… the result has the sort of frisson-creating quality one knew from Horenstein’s live performances and the recoding quality is both full and brilliant.’ Penguin Guide
Track Listing
CD1
 
PART I

  1. No. 1 Kräftig. Entschieden

PART II

  1. No.2 Tempo di menuetto. Sehr mässig

Duration: 42:47
 
CD2
 
PART II (Contd.)

  1. No.3 Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
  2. No.4 Sehr Langsam. Misterioso
  3. No.5 Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
  4. No.6 Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

Duration: 54:28