Avi Avital "Between Worlds" (Deutsche Grammophon)
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Saturday 28 July 2012
As in his Symphonie Du Jaguar, French-Caribbean composer Thierry Pécou draws on both the musical stylings and the myths of South American culture in these works, his percussion interplay driving along pieces like "Paseo de la Reforma" and "L'Arbre aux Fleurs" with an insistence that recalls not just Reich and Glass, but also the batucada percussion ensembles of Brazilian carnivals.
Album: Al Ayre Español Handel's Memories: A Selection from Grand Concertos Op 6 (Challenge Classics)
Saturday 14 July 2012
Handel composed his Grand Concertos Op 6 in affectionate emulation of Corelli's Concerti Grossi Op 6 from a quarter-century earlier; and, astonishingly, completed all 12 within a single month, thanks to liberal quoting from his previous work.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Lang Lang's Diamond Jubilee Concert performance confirmed him as the new Liberace of classical piano, unafraid of the grand gestures to match his striking outfits.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Following her previous CD of concertos by Sibelius and Prokofiev, Frang again pairs Nordic and Russian composers on this latest release, with contrasting results.
Saturday 02 June 2012
This soundtrack to Heiner Goebbels' installation piece Stifters Dinge is one of the most gripping musical experiences I've had in ages.
Saturday 19 May 2012
With his wild hair and stubble, James Rhodes is the Russell Brand of the piano, though he could cut back on the swearing in his laddish but informative introductions highlighting Beethoven's “interiority”, Chopin's adolescent crushes etc.
Friday 20 April 2012
He invented a pair of Techno Trousers, the Knit-O-Matic and the Snoozatron. Now the multi-talented Wallace is turning his hand to music, with a new commission for the Proms.
Friday 20 April 2012
He invented a pair of Techno Trousers, the Knit-o-Matic and the Snoozatron. Now the multi-talented Wallace is turning his hand to composing, with a new commission for this year's Proms.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Joshua Bell, Cadogan Hall, London
Carole Cerasi, Foundling Museum, London
Sunday 08 April 2012
Former teen virtuoso Joshua Bell has an orchestra all of his own to play with, but are two hands really enough?
Monday 26 March 2012
‘Some people say Vivaldi wrote the same concerto five hundred times,’ said Steven Devine before starting his harpsichord recital in the Purcell Room. ‘And if that’s the case, you’re in for a pretty boring morning.’
Friday 23 March 2012
In a week replete with intriguing cross-pollinations of style and sound, this may be both the most deliberate, yet the loosest-sounding.
Wednesday 21 March 2012
Is the Royal Albert Hall big enough to contain Lang Lang’s gigantic ego?
Monday 19 March 2012
Nico Muhly’s first work for English National Opera was an iffy affair, but he talks a blue streak, and since his collaborators include Bjork, Philip Glass, and sundry indie-rock outfits, nobody could accuse him of not putting himself about. He’s now the go-to classical composer for anyone wanting to associate themselves with cutting-edge New York cool.
Sunday 18 March 2012
If Florence gave birth to the baroque, Venice was its wet-nurse. Rinaldo Alessandrini's exploration of changing styles in 17th-century Venetian instrumental music reveals a taste for the programmatic and the descriptive.
Friday 09 March 2012
The cusp of the 17th century was a pivotal moment in music history.
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