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8 hours, 6 minutes ago   -  

John Luther Adams: a force of nature

The US composer writes music about the sea, the wind, and the landscapes they, and we, inhabit: ‘It’s a way of making us more present in the world.’ / “I’m one of the last Romantics”, composer John Luther ...

8 hours, 44 minutes ago   -  

Pete Townshend: 'Music has always suffered from being tied to politics or religion'

As he releases a version of Quadrophenia performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Who’s guitarist explains that his band were never really anti-establishment / Time can play strange tricks on even the most rebellious ...

8 hours, 58 minutes ago   -  

O’Brien: Ellangowan Overture etc review – distinctly routine

Liepaja SO/Mann / (Toccata Classics) / Toccata Classics is making a bit of a thing out of the music of Charles O’Brien (1882-1968). It has already embarked on a survey of O’Brien’s piano music, and now it is planning ...

9 hours, 3 minutes ago   -  

Alvin Lucier: Broken Line review – intent, evocative performances

Trio Nexus / (Mode) / The notion of recording Alvin Lucier’s music is an odd one. Lucier – veteran American experimentalist, doyen of sonic trickery – is obsessed with what sound does in space. He bounces sine waves off ...

9 hours, 13 minutes ago   -  

Eddie McGuire: Entangled Fortunes review – heartfelt and tuneful

Red Note Ensemble / (Delphian) / Heartfelt and unambiguous, often straight-up tuneful, the music of Glaswegian composer, folk scholar and socialist Eddie McGuire hasn’t always had the attention it deserves – which makes this ...

9 hours, 18 minutes ago   -  

Amores Pasados review – a moody collection of lute songs

John Potter etc. / (ECM) / The tenor John Potter has been a Genesis fan since the 1970s, and there’s an audible dose of mutual fandom at the heart of this moody collection of lute songs old and new, plus the worthy breakdown of ...

13 hours, 42 minutes ago   -  

CBSO/Gardner review – stormy romantic pleasures

Town Hall, Cheltenham Edward Gardner led an outstanding CBSO who proved their imposing potency travels well beyond Birmingham’s Symphony Hall / The City of Birmingham Symphony is currently without a chief conductor ...

13 hours, 59 minutes ago   -  

Edward Greenfield obituary

Classical music critic at the Guardian for almost 30 years, who sought to ‘appreciate’ rather than let nitpicking spoil enjoymentThe kindest and most considerate of critics, the conductor Sir Antonio Pappano said of him – and few ...

15 hours, 58 minutes ago   -  

Dukas: Works for Piano CD review – a precious glimpse into a fascinating musical mind

Hervé Billaut / (Mirare) / Paul Dukas was the most ruthlessly self-critical of great 20th-century French composers. He allowed just 15 of his works to be published in his lifetime. While a host of early pieces did come to light after ...

July 1   -  

Thielemann makes history as first music director for Bayreuth – with free parking

The controversy-torn Wagner festival has appointed Christian Thielemann as its first independent music director. Unusually, this news emerged in the car park / Christian Thielemann has been officially appointed as music director of the Bayreuth ...
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