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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Rudolph on Hope Street
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Hear the Orchestra, sing along with our children's choirs, and have your picture taken with one of Rudolph's real live reindeer pals, as presenter Alasdair Malloy gets the party started.

Kevin Field conductor | Alasdair Malloy presenter

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Alexandre Tharaud in Schloss Elmau
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Bretano String Quartet
Wigmore Hall
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String Quartet in Bb K458 'Hunt'

String Quartet No. 3

String Quartet in Bb Op. 67

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Concerto Italiano - Rinaldo Alessandrini
L'Euridice - Caccini
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CHOC de Classica
Diapason d'Or

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Brentano Quartet
The Late String Quartets Op.130 & Grosse Fuge Op.133
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Alexandre Tharaud
Mozart & Haydn
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Joyce DiDonato | Bernard Labadie
Les Violons du Roy

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Andreas Staier
Robert Schumann
Variationen & Fantasiestücke
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This third volume of Andreas Staier's series devoted to the piano music of Robert Schumann begins with his first published composition, the "Abegg" Variations op.1, and ends with his very last work, posthumously published "Geistervariationen". The road he travelled between the two words was a long one, yet this programme also brings out the consistency of the poetic urge that gives Schumann's music its matchless powers of evocation.

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Alexander Melnikov
Complete Works for violoncello & piano
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Beethoven's works for cello and piano were written between 1796 and 1815. He effectively created the sonata for cello, with an independent piano part, in his Op.5, intended for Jean-Louis Duport and dedicated to Frederick William II of Prussia. Like the delightful variations on themes by Handel and Mozart, they represent his first-period style, as Op.69 typifies the second. The two sublime Sonatas Op.102, for their part, already herald the unprecedented stylistic freedom of the composer's final decade.

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Javier Perianes
Felix Mendelssohn
Lieder ohne Worte
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This programme illustrates four essential qualities of the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Music stripped of all superfluity, including the literary aspect (Songs without Words); a gift for creating magical atmospheres (Rondo capriccioso); unconditional admiration for classical order; and, finally, a genuine veneration for Bach (Prelude and Fugue op.35). The whole radiant universe of Mendelssohn is encapsulated here.

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Alexandre Tharaud
Satie, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc & Others
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Sonata n°1 for cello & piano
The complete work for piano (2 CD)
Avant-dernières pensées / Solos & duos (2 CD)
Sonatas & suites for cello / clarinet & piano
& WORKS by Zoltán Kodály, Alban Berg, Anton
Webern, Frederic Mompou, Henri Dutilleux,
Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen et Thierry Pécou

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New releases

Le Quatuor Tana - première mondiale d'ORACION

After a week-long residency in Royaumont, the Tana String Quartet gave the world premiere of Ahmed Essyad’s Oracion at the Aix-en-Provence Festival on the 19th July and a further performance the following day at the Avignon Festival. This co-production between Abbaye de Royaumont and the Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d’Aix is a part of project CINQ CHANTS reuniting three composers: Ahmed Essyad, Fawas Baker and Amir El Saffar.