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April 28   -  

Schumann: Symphonic Works CD review – Holliger makes Manfred crackle

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln/Holliger (Audite) / Heinz Holliger began his survey of Schumann’s orchestral music three years ago with the First Symphony. He ends it now with a collection of the overtures, alongside the two-movement ...

April 28   -  

Altstaedt: Shostakovich, Weinberg Cello Concertos CD review – muscular playing, klezmerish swing

Altstaedt/Nesterowicz/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Channel Classics) / According to Shostakovich, he and Mieczysław Weinberg competed to see who could write the most string quartets; Weinberg, who outlived his mentor by two ...

April 28   -  

I Gioielli della Madonna CD review – stylish reading of Wolf-Ferrari's rarity

Kim/Čapkovič/Bernhard/Slovak National Theatre Chorus/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Haider (Naxos) / A queasy brew of incense and incest, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s 1911 hit opera The Jewels of the Madonna is now almost forgotten, ...

April 28   -  

Hough: Dvořák and Schumann Piano Concertos CD review – poised brilliance

Hough/CBSO/Nelsons (Hyperion) / Both these concertos were recorded in performances Stephen Hough gave with the CBSO last season, and something of the buzz of those comes across here. Hough and conductor Andris Nelsons are persuasive advocates ...

April 28   -  

Welcome to the Pleasuredome … Mark Simpson's opera debut

Eight years ago a teenage Mark Simpson told drag queens in Liverpool he was going to write an opera about them. How does it feel to see his project – Pleasure – finally become a reality on the stage at Opera North? / I’m sat ...

April 27   -  

Romanian opera row intensifies as culture minister resigns

Fears for national opera’s future after artistic director’s departure leads to cancellation of shows, pay protests and a ministerial scalp / There is chaos at the Romanian national opera: a row that began when the ballet ...

April 27   -  

The poetry and music of Henri Dutilleux in five key works

Ahead of Saturday’s BBCSO Total Immersion festival, conductor Pascal Rophé picks five pieces that reveal Dutilleux’s magical and unique soundworld / This weekend, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion festival is ...

April 27   -  

Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: Complete Works for String Quartet CD review – rivals the best on disc

Quatuor Diotima (Naive, five CDs) / The Paris-based Quatuor Diotima mark their 20th anniversary with a clutch of new recordings. The centrepiece is this very fine set devoted to the Second Viennese School, which is perhaps the best survey of ...

April 26   -  

At last, recognition for female composers | Letters

The review by Charlotte Higgins of Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music by Anna Beer (Review, 23 April) clearly shows how music written by women has been submerged by music written by men, and that has continued for ...

April 26   -  

Philharmonia/Blomstedt – joyful Mozart and energetic Bruckner

Royal Festival Hall, London Blomstedt brought out the best in the Philharmonia Orchestra in a genial and gleaming concert / Herbert Blomstedt strode on to the platform looking nowhere near his 88 years, and if the Philharmonia ...
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