As a box-set of The Beatles' US albums is released, Andy Gill laments America's cavalier approach to the Fab Four's classics
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Monday 14 December 2009
Saturday 12 December 2009
British private equity firm Terra Firma accused Citigroup Inc of fraud and sued the bank for billions in damages in connection with Terra Firma's purchase of music business EMI Group in 2007, court documents filed yesterday in New York showed.
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.
Sunday 22 November 2009
If all you want is a strong performance of "Death and the Maiden", you will have a hard time choosing between the Belcea Quartet's latest recording and last year's release from the Jerusalem Quartet.
Friday 13 November 2009
The young French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin proves particularly adept here at extracting the maximum impact from a series of Ravel waltzes and "miniatures", most notably the second suite from Daphnis et Chloé. The lushly rendered first movement's evocative sunrise music is simply gorgeous, with glimmers of cello leading to a glorious orchestral sunburst, tailing into wistfully pastoral oboe, while there are traces of the eastern flavour of the Bolero discernible in the second movement's flute arabesques and underscoring harp arpeggios.
Download this: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2
Sunday 08 November 2009
"It ticks all the boxes,"says Williams of hiseighth solo album. And itdoes – at times joyously(the first three tracks), atother times mechanically(pretty much the rest ofthe album). Trevor Horn'sproduction is blessingand curse: when thematerial's strong enough,Horn is more than up toit; when it's not, thewhole thing sounds a bit1980s (and not in a good,retro way). Essentially, aswith Russell Brand, it all comes downtowhatyou think of Robbiealready. A comeback ofsorts, then. But is theaudience still there?
Friday 06 November 2009
Delayed for a year by a label with whom she has fallen into dispute, Colour Me Free! represents a return to the retro-soul style of Joss Stone's debut following the ill-advised attempts to squeeze her into the R&B diva mould.
Thursday 05 November 2009
Music company EMI Group said it is suing a US-based website that is selling downloads of Beatles songs.
Friday 30 October 2009
Karl Jenkins' Christmas album is a two-part affair, his 12-song title suite followed by nine arrangements of traditional carols and spirituals from around the world such as "The First Noel", "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "Silent Night" and the infectiously staccato Burgundian song "Pat a Pan".
Thursday 08 October 2009
One doesn't wish to appear a snob, but there's little alternative faced with the unambitious, unsatisfying Together, where the self-proclaimed "classical boyband" tackle a selection of mainstream talent-show fodder, simpering through "She" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "With Or Without You"and fawning limply through unadventurous pop-classical fare such as "Ave Maria", "Cavatina" and "Nessun Dorma".
Sunday 04 October 2009
Honeymoon period and local backlash behind him, Rattle can still produce startling results with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Friday 02 October 2009
The most recent winner of the quadrennial Gilmore Prize, Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter is fast establishing herself as the pre-eminent contemporary performer of Chopin, following her EMI debut of selected Chopin Piano Works with this album focusing purely on his waltzes.
Monday 28 September 2009
Friday 18 September 2009
Nigel Kennedy can be a frustrating proposition – unbearable when subjecting Hendrix to rude disinterment, for example – but unbeatable on his home turf.
Sunday 13 September 2009
Antonio Pappano's Roman orchestra and chorus are unfailingly responsive, with deliciously soft strings, smart brass, tight woodwind details, a strong blend and impeccable diction.
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