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January 20, 2019

jfl #morninglistening to #Mahler on @ChannelClassics…

#morninglistening to #Mahler on @ChannelClassics w/@BudFestivalOrch. #ClaudioAbbado may have died on this date, but @fischer_ivan was born!
i#Symphony No.9 ☆☆☆
#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #GustavMahler #orchestralmusic #symphonies
#birthdayboy Fischer once told me he’d never conduct/record a full cycle because

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jfl On ClassicsToday: Peter Gregson Banalizes Bach (CD from Hell)

CD From Hell: Peter Gregson Banalizes Bachby Jens F. Laurson
I like re-orchestrations, transcriptions, and re-compositions as much as the next guy. In fact, more than the next guy. Max Richter’s re-composed “4 Seasons” is terrific in its way; Hans Zender’s “composed interpretation” of Die Winterreise can be endlessly fascinating. Uri Caine’s Mahler is supremely… Continue Reading [Insider

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jfl Caro Claudio Abbado, Who Died Today – Five Years Ago

Claudio Abbado’s recorded legacy is already undergoing a more critical reception than it had been during his last decades and immediately since his death. The fawning subsides and even in polite society one can point out that he was capable not only of some truly thrilling peaks of interpretation but also of braod swaths of boredom. But on his fifth deathiversary, let’s celebrate the good and the

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Freya Parr Five essential works by Benjamin Britten


Ceremony of Carols

Composed in 1942 while Britten was crossing the Atlantic from America, its unusual scoring of treble voices and harp present a range of serene, exhilarating and ecstatic settings of medieval carols.

Recommended recording:
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/David Willcocks
Classics for Pleasure 968 9492



Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

This was Britten’s first major work on returning to England. The calm pastoral of its opening song revealed a new vein in his music.

Recommended recording:
Peter Pears (tenor), Barry Tuckwell (horn); English Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin Britten
Decca 436 3952



Peter Grimes

The première secured Britten’s international fame and the opera testifies to Britten’s masterful sense of drama.

Recommended recording:
Peter Pears; Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra/Benjamin Britten
Decca 467 6822



War Requiem

Written for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral, Britten juxtaposed the Requiem Mass with poems by Wilfred Owen.

Recommended recording:
Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Bach Choir; LSO/Benjamin Britten
Decca 475 7511



Suite on English Folk Tunes

Britten admired Grainger more than Vaughan Williams, and this is evident in his by turns quirky and brooding suite.

Recommended recording:
Bournemouth SO/Richard Hickox
Chandos CHAN 9221


Michael Garrick

Pianist, composer and educator, Michael Garrick (1933-2011) blended jazz with poetry, Indian music and the church, adventure and whimsy, in cutting-edge work with the likes of Joe Harriott, Ian Carr and Norma Winstone. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a stellar British career.

from Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

On this Day January 20, 2002

George Harrison had the posthumous UK No.1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former No.1
‘My Sweet Lord’. Harrison’s single replaced Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’, the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at No.1. ‘My Sweet Lord’.

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