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September 29   -  

Gilels: The Seattle Recital CD review – a sense of rising intensity

Emil Gilels (Deutsche Grammophon) / Emil Gilels was one of the first Soviet musicians to be allowed to perform regularly in the west after the second world war, and made the first of 15 tours of the US in 1955. This recital ...

September 29   -  

Tamsin Waley-Cohen: Harris/Adams concertos CD review – athleticism and conviction

Waley-Cohen/BBCSO/Litton (Signum) / Roy Harris may be the most all-American composer you have never heard of. He was born in an Oklahoma log cabin and paid his way through Berkeley partly by driving a truck, before following ...

September 29   -  

Melvyn Tan: Master and Pupil CD review – finely judged, persuasive Romantics

Melvyn Tan (Onyx) / Melvyn Tan plays Liszt? He has long associated with the classical era and the fortepiano, and to a lesser extent with French and modern music, but hasn’t previously tackled the big-gun Romantics on ...

September 29   -  

Pretty Yende: A Journey CD review – fearless singing by new-wave South African

Yende/Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI/Armiliato (Sony) / Next time you roll your eyes at a British Airways ad, remember that if Pretty Yende hadn’t heard one as a teenager she’d probably be an accountant, ...

September 29   -  

BBCSO/Oramo review – there's real terror in Brett Dean's Knocking at the Hellgate

Barbican, London The panicky, tumultuous music of Brett Dean’s hellish vision – complemented by pink feather boa and roulette wheel – was delivered with complete conviction / Knocking at the Hellgate is a ...

September 29   -  

You're in the band: virtual reality's orchestral future

The Philharmonia’s principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen wants you to join his virtual symphony orchestra. He talks VR and the future of concertgoing / It is every orchestral player’s greatest anxiety dream. You are sitting on stage ...

September 28   -  

Berio: Sinfonia; Mahler: 10 Early Songs CD review – a vivid taste of Berio's rich musical world

Goerne/BBC SO/Pons (Harmonia Mundi) / It’s mostly because of its associations with another composer, Mahler, that Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, composed for the New York Philharmonic between 1967 and 69, is now firmly ...

September 28   -  

Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev review – brute orchestral force

Cadogan Hall, London An all-Prokofiev programme celebrating his 125th anniversary didn’t do the composer many favours / Single-composer programmes are always a risk. This one was the first instalment of Valery ...

September 27   -  

Tristan und Isolde review – musical marvel in a grim, cynical cloak

Metropolitan Opera, New York Nina Stemme’s voice is a force of nature, while the orchestra, under Simon Rattle, is ravishing – but the incoherent staging amounts to a juvenile rejection of the work’s erotic ...

September 27   -  

Sibelius in Liverpool, 1905: 'He is saying things that have never been said in music before'

From the classical archive, 4 December 1905: Sibelius’s first public appearance in England, conducting his symphony no 1, and Finlandia / The Liverpool Orchestral Society’s Concert of Saturday was another of those ...
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