Classical Music Composers
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Sunday 10 January 2010
Chopin's anniversary avalanche is already in full swing, with this disc by Sweden's highest-flying young cellist leading the field in that instrument.
Tuesday 15 December 2009
Album: Leif Ove Andsnes, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Schumann: Kinderszenen (EMI Classics)
Friday 27 November 2009
Though lacking an important element when separated from the visual settings devised by artist Robin Rhodes, Leif Ove Andsnes' performance here has much to recommend it. There's his delicate, fluttering touch, almost like a hammer dulcimer, on the "Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle" section, and particularly the way the gossipy, chattering tone of "Limoges – Le Marche" is sustained until it founders on the funereal opening chords of the "Catacombs", in whose sombre progress can be glimpsed the promenading art-lover himself.
Friday 30 October 2009
"A superb new recording of Rachmaninoff playing his own works...," claims the cover.
Sunday 18 October 2009
Twenty-five years after his first recording of Bach's Partitas, Schiff returns to these works with new ideas, some seemingly informed by his directing of the Brandenburg Concertos from the keyboard.
Sunday 16 August 2009
Naïve's survey of the 450Vivaldi manuscripts in theNational University Libraryof Turin continues witha lucky-dip programmefrom recorder virtuosoFederico Maria SardelliandModoAntiquo.
Friday 22 May 2009
The Seasons was Haydn's final oratorio, a secular equivalent of his sacred The Creation, albeit based on less-imposing source material than Paradise Lost.
Sunday 10 May 2009
For those disinclined to spend an evening filtering out the BacoFoil breastplates of the Royal Opera House's latest revival of Lohengrin, this recording of Semyon Bychkov's slow-burning interpretation is a gift.
Sunday 03 May 2009
Friday 24 April 2009
From Mahler and Richard Strauss past Britten and Gershwin to Bjork and the Velvet Underground, The New Yorker's awesomely eloquent critic tells the story of musical composition in the 20th century. As he focuses on the works and people that truly counted, Ross can switch from Ellington to Sibelius without missing a beat.
Monday 02 February 2009
It’s a brave (or foolhardy) man who dares to make an opera of Dostoyevsky’s seminal novel The Brothers Karamazov.
Tuesday 13 January 2009
And Haydn said – let there be enlightenment.
Sunday 11 January 2009
There is something monumental about John Mark Ainsley's Beethoven – a heroic seriousness that suggests that even in the briefest of 'Lieder', or the most carefree 'Gesänge', the composer was writing for posterity.
Sunday 10 August 2008
Recorded live at the Barbican in March, Valery Gergiev's performance of the Seventh Symphony as part of his complete Mahler cycle with the London Symphony is typical of his no-holds-barred approach to a composer who himself always goes to the limits.
Monday 21 July 2008
"Myself I shall adore," sang Danielle de Niese at the Barbican, incarnating Handel's sexually voracious Semele. But this girl hardly needed to, so deafening is the chorus of approval in which she basks. She's the ultimate classical poster-girl, deployed to lethal effect by Glyndebourne, first in 2005 as the sexiest Cleopatra in living memory in Giulio Cesare, and now as a raunchy 21st-century version of Monteverdi's mixed-up Poppea.
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