Bavarian Radio Chorus: Joy to the World (Famous Christmas Songs)

The title gives it all away — the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Choir to you post-Brexit Britishers) sings popular Christmas songs. It’s not Christmas carols, it’s Christmas songs and there’s a nice selection. The sound is lush and big budget, and it’s warming and comforting, like a National Trust shop. It put us […]

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No2 in D Major, Finlandia, and Karelia Suite (live)

This CD (not for the first time, we’d guess) draws together the best-known tunes of Finnish composer Sibelius. It opens with Finlandia, composed as a protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, then in control of Finland. The number of great pieces of music written about Press freedom must number in the low digits, […]