#1172 Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No 8 (LSO)

I developed a bit of crush on Shostakovich when I was in my mid-teens. I think this is largely due to the Marxist phase I went through of loving all things Russian and revolutionary. That, and the LP I perma-borrowed from my Grumps of Dmitri’s Symphony No 12, dedicated to Lenin and subtitles 'The Year … Continue reading #1172 Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No 8 (LSO)


#767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

Not to be confused with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra is the baby and brainchild of Christopher Warren-Green who relaunched Britain’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, originally dating from 1921, in 1989. They tour and perform regularly, performing also at the 2011 royal wedding. This album is a sampler essentially, a compilation of … Continue reading #767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

#957 Tennant/Lowe – Battleship Potemkin

This album is credited to Tennant/Lowe and performed by the Pet Shop Boys with the Dresdner Sinfoniker. Essentially, its Neil and Chris giving Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece of early silent filmmaking the modern soundtrack makeover, with their own unmistakable footprint. It was commissioned by "Red Ken" Livingstone, the first Mayor of London for a free performance … Continue reading #957 Tennant/Lowe – Battleship Potemkin

#867 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem

Mozart’s masterpiece, or one of them at least. This is my favourite Requiem, with Faure running a close second and Verdi in third place. There’s something about its solemnity and gravitas as well as its sheer tunefulness that takes the traditional catholic mass of the dead to a whole new level. Perhaps in these stuttering … Continue reading #867 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem

#1283 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

This is a recent €1 record fair purchase, and it features a lovely set of knobs on the album cover. I really love this about classical music albums: the art department frequently run out of pastoral scenes and try to funk it up a bit. I’m not sure that this close-up photo of the pins … Continue reading #1283 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1