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Friday 25 February 2011
Several of the pieces on oboist Mayer's musical portrait of Paris easily choose themselves: adaptations of Satie's Gymnopédie No 1 and Ravel's Pavane pour une Infante Défunte, along with a couple of Debussy standards – the wistful La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin and Clair de Lune, reminiscent of a moonlit stroll that beds the oboe softly among harp and woodwind. But the longer pieces reflect the paucity of showcase material: Français' L'Horloge De Flore is laboured, while D'Indy's Fantaisie sur des Thèmes Populaires Français is by turns rumbustious and portentous. But Gotthard Odermatt's Été is a delightful modern piece in the style of Ravel at his most pastoral.
Sunday 23 January 2011
Friday 07 January 2011
The way Radio 3 foists the music of Percy Grainger on its listeners is a perennial mystery, given that its choice invariably focuses on his most irritatingly breezy mode.
Friday 07 January 2011
James Rhodes' populist charm is given free rein in the sleevenotes to this double CD of contrasting approaches to the piano, with plenty of winking references to chemical stimulation.
Friday 12 November 2010
The trick with Debussy’s Prélude à l’aprés midi d’un faune is to make the whole piece sound as free as the celebrated flute solo which awakens it.
Friday 22 October 2010
Sadly, the saxophone is rarely present in classical orchestral surroundings. Indeed, three of the five pieces performed here by Cretan saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos with the LSO were commissioned in the early 1900s by sax evangelist Elise Boyer Hall, in a bid to create a repertoire for the instrument.
Sunday 17 October 2010
The second offering from Denmark's OBG starts slowly, its focus on the melancholy voice of Anna Bronsted and a ghostly reverbed piano track.
Monday 04 October 2010
Piano competitions don’t always throw up outright stars, but in 19-year-old Bezhod Abduraimov the London International Piano Competition most certainly has.
Friday 24 September 2010
Sunday 05 September 2010
The single string quartet is something of a French tradition.
Monday 23 August 2010
Sunday 15 August 2010
Isserlis's collection flirts madly with profundity and schmaltz.
Monday 02 August 2010
With passport glitches, illness, and death wreaking havoc in concert schedules, we are seeing just how big the available pool of talent is. After all, many now-famous singers and musicians owe their careers to the sudden indisposition of a senior rival. Thus it was that the Navarra String Quartet were given an unexpected Proms debut, and the young Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi had just a day in which to find his modus vivendi with them, in one of the most demanding works in the chamber repertoire.
Monday 26 July 2010
With passport glitches, illness, and death wreaking more havoc than usual in concert schedules, we’re seeing just how big the available pool of talent is.
Friday 23 July 2010
Lustwandel, originally recorded in 1979, is a lost classic of Krautrock that prefigures the more stately direction of semi-synthesised chamber music that the former Cluster member's work was to take in subsequent decades.
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