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17 hours, 17 minutes ago   -  

Harvey, Poppe, Saariaho, Nunes: Scherben CD review – love, light and spiky austerity

Ensemble Musikfabrik (Wergo) / It’s hard to imagine the Cologne contemporary music collective Ensemble Musikfabrik deliberately timing a release for Valentine’s Day, so let’s just call it a coincidence that love and light are ...

17 hours, 32 minutes ago   -  

Ravel: Complete Piano Music CD review – Chamayou is refreshing but too direct

Bertrand Chamayou (Erato) / French pianist Bertrand Chamayou has the right pedigree for Ravel: he studied with teachers at the Paris Conservatoire, whose lineage goes straight back to the composer, and it shows in the rock-solid technique and ...

17 hours, 47 minutes ago   -  

Scelsi: Complete Flute Music CD review – physical and voluptuous

Claudia Giottoli (Brilliant Classics) / Giacinto Scelsi is one of classical music’s great eccentrics: a self-taught Roman playboy count who flirted with various eastern philosophies and decided his music was an intermediary between ...

18 hours, 2 minutes ago   -  

Beethoven, arr Liszt: Symphony No 9 CD review – a pianistic tour de force in Martynov's hands

Yuri Martynov (Alpha) / Playing a 1867 Blüthner instrument, Yuri Martynov has been working his way steadily through Liszt’s piano transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies with often exhilarating results. But he has left the ...

22 hours, 48 minutes ago   -  

Piotr Anderszewski review – enthralling interpretative integrity

Wigmore Hall, London The pianist led the audience on a vast emotional journey through works by Schumann, Bach and Szymanowski, dispatching each with miraculous elegance / Piotr Anderszewski has long been noted for the way in ...

Yesterday   -  

Mark Wigglesworth: ENO needs to innovate to survive, not reduce

English National Opera plans to slash wages and jobs after a £5m cut. Its music director believes this would be a betrayal of everything the company stands for / It is probably stating the obvious to say that Mozart’s The Magic ...

February 10   -  

Britten Sinfonia/Rundell review – Andriessen shines among his contemporaries

Barbican, London A programme of works by Reich, Martland and Andriessen had high performance standards but suffered from problems of balance / The music of Louis Andriessen is everywhere at the Barbican this week. His most ...

February 10   -  

ORA/Digby review – a dramatic setting for a memorable choral debut

Chapel of St Peter ad Vincular, London The Renaissance chapel royal of St Peter ad Vincular was an ideal setting for choral works both ancient and modern / Founded and directed by Suzi Digby, the new vocal ensemble ORA’s ...

February 10   -  

Nielsen: Complete Symphonies CD review – Järvi's cycle has wonderful energy

Frankfurt RSO/Järvi (RCA) / Last year, Nielsen and Sibelius shared an anniversary, the 150th of their birth and, in recording terms at least, the Finnish composer fared far better than his Danish contemporary. Several newly recorded ...

February 9   -  

The Guardian view on English National Opera: join the chorus of disapproval | Editorial

Opera houses rely on singers the way hospitals rely on doctors. Managements are putting core purposes at riskJust as hospitals will always struggle to do their job without doctors, so opera companies are unlikely to do theirs without singers. ...
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