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An introduction to Holst

Ten Pieces from the BBC…..

       Ten Pieces from the BBC aims to open up the world of classical music to children by inspiring and engaging them with works such as Mars, The Bringer of War, a movement from Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets.  This well-known work is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English 20th composer Gustav Holst. Each movement […]


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“… simultaneously rich and luxuriant, mercurial and heartrending…””

“The sound world of Poland’s Karol Szymanowski is unlike anything else: simultaneously rich and luxuriant, mercurial and heartrending. He can make the violin weep like few others but he also makes it sing and dance. And all these qualities are vividly captured by the Latvian violinist Baiba Skride … Skride can pin you against the wall in […]


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Rimsky Korsakov

“For daring, exotic colour, this is the most beguiling Sheherazade to have entertained me for some time.”

  “… a terrific recording … Goetzel paces the work extremely convincingly … For daring, exotic colour, this is the most beguiling Sheherazade to have entertained me for some time.”   International Record Review Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade , Balakirev Islamey; plus works by Erkin and Ippolitov-Ivanov . Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under Sascha Goetzel       “The Istanbul team’s playing […]


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“The most beautiful record you’ll never hear…”

This CD  has the first recording of John Lubbock’s moving orchestration of Fauré’s “Eight Songs”, originally written with piano accompaniment.  It also contains John Lubbock’s sensitive interpretation of Fauré’s famous Requiem by OSJ and OSJ Voices and Ilona Domnich (Soprano) and Johnny Herford (Bass) “A producer friend who does not usually hype his own work asked me to […]


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“… going behind the beard to the seething passions…”

Brahms Week on BBC Radio 3 begins on 4 October. A week dedicated to the music of Johannes Brahms will attempt to shed new light on the well-known Romantic composer “This week’s performances and broadcasts will, I hope, reveal another Brahms: a visionary pusher of expressive boundaries in his chamber music, a symbolist dreamer in his late piano […]


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