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Sunday 25 March 2012
When you are arguably the greatest violinist in the world a four-year “time out” from the public arena can seem like an eternity.
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.
Friday 09 March 2012
Michael Kiwanuka continues the folk-soul tradition of Bill Withers and Terry Callier on this debut album. Sensitively produced by The Bees' Paul Butler, it's a pleasant enough handful of easy-going songs, in which the focus on warmth has left them lacking bite.
Friday 02 March 2012
When Frederick II assumed the Prussian throne, his Berlin court became one of Europe's main centres of musical endeavour.
Sunday 15 January 2012
Emerging musicians get a welcome platform, but please change the record
Thursday 12 January 2012
Where would we be without the Park Lane Group’s annual platform for budding musical talent?
Saturday 07 January 2012
You’d expect the teenagers of the National Youth Orchestra to have some good moves but the opening and closing items of their winter concert took us all the way to the club floor and back again.
Wednesday 28 December 2011
This fourth 3CD volume of re-issues from the Earle Brown-curated series of '60s avant-garde milestones focuses on chamber orchestral performances.
Album: Ensemble Recherche, Hiromi Kikuchi, Milano Musica Festival Vol. 4: Kurtág, Sciarrino (Stradivarius)
Friday 16 December 2011
Another intriguing selection from Milan's Music Festivals, this programme pairs a solo violin work by György Kurtág with a dramatic song-cycle by Salvatore Sciarrino.
Thursday 01 December 2011
Catalan soprano Nuria Rial here explores the largely uncharted terrain of Georg Philipp Telemann's operatic arias, rarely performed today, despite his having composed an estimated 50 operas during a most prolific career.
Friday 18 November 2011
As enlightened monarchs go, King Frederick The Great of Prussia takes some beating. A successful warrior, he also championed early Enlightenment ideas, corresponding with Voltaire and writing political tracts of his own.
Sunday 10 July 2011
Great idea: an improvising trio takes off from the English pastoral tradition on tunes by Delius, Finzi and Vaughan Williams plus two originals.
Friday 10 June 2011
Rendered here in woodwind tones and acoustic guitar, the ambient landscape compositions of Stephen Goss exist in the grey area where ECM chamber-jazz and Hathut minimalism shades into Windham Hill new-ageism.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
Wednesday 13 April 2011
The wedding list is on the way out. Thank goodness, some will say. There has always been something rather dull about the litany of dinner plates (12), soup bowls (12), and champagne flutes (6), that department stores produce for marrying couples.
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