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7 hours, 1 minute ago   -  

Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 review – reissue from a miraculous soloist

Grigory Sokolov (piano), Munich Philharmonic/Rowicki (Sony) / Wow! What does a reissue of a 1978 LP (lasting only 43 minutes) of a much recorded concerto have to offer? But the pianist is the maverick Grigory Sokolov, who has recently become ...

9 hours, 4 minutes ago   -  

Imagining Ireland review – remembering in song the rebels with a cause

Royal Festival Hall, London Powerful performances from singers including Kevin Rowland and Cáit O’Riordan commemorated the 1916 Easter Rising but also the musical links between Britain and Ireland / This concert ...

9 hours, 53 minutes ago   -  

Britten Sinfonia/Shave/Grosvenor review – Langer premiere has immediate appeal

Milton Court, London Elena Langer’s neo-romantic Story of An Impossible Love marries lyrical warmth to subtle ambiguity / Two months after the successful Cardiff premiere of her opera Figaro Gets a Divorce, Elena ...

11 hours ago   -  

Dr Mendelssohn's organ recital: 'considerable curiosity and interest were excited'

From the archive, 24 April 1847: A ‘fatigued’ Mendelssohn gives an intimate organ recital to a large audience in Manchester / See also: Tom Service on Mendelssohn / Considerable curiosity and interest were ...

May 2   -  

Quatuor Ebène/Capuçon - compelling and fresh

Wigmore Hall, London Following Schubert’s great and overwhelming C major quintet with Beethoven’s op 130 made for a bold but exhilarating evening / How to schedule Schubert’s C major string quintet? In the ...

May 2   -  

Letter: Peter Williams obituary

Peter Williams possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of western classical music, including a passion for Wagner. During one of his annual Wagner familiarisation weekends for second-year students in the remote Scottish countryside, ...

May 2   -  

Alan Loveday obituary

Violinist who helped shape the distinctive sound of the Academy of St Martin in the FieldsThe violinist Alan Loveday, who has died aged 88, went on from prodigious beginnings in New Zealand to London, and in particular the Academy of St Martin in ...

May 2   -  

Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset/Piau review – wit and charm with grace notes

Wigmore Hall, London Christophe Rousset conducted from the harpsichord, while Sandrine Piau achieved something like perfection in this concert of baroque chamber cantatas and trio sonatas / Christophe Rousset’s concert of ...

May 2   -  

Facing the music: Ilan Volkov

From Bach to Berg, Christa Ludwig to Brian Wilson, and from yoiking to drumming - conductor Ilan Volkov on the music and musicians that inspires him / What was the last piece of music you bought? / The new album by ...

May 1   -  

CBSO/Volkov review – wonderfully agile quest for identity

Symphony Hall, Birmingham Soloist Alexandre Tharaud brings all the right moves to Hans Abrahamsen’s atmospheric concerto for piano left hand / Hans Abrahamsen’s composing career has developed in phases, including a ...
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