Review of Contemporary Colours: New Music by Maltese Composers

Contemporary Colours: New Music by Maltese Composers

Charles Camilleri (1931-2009) aside, Maltese classical composers are not widely known. This new album from Navona gathers pieces by six...

Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2021

Review of American Composers at Play

American Composers at Play

Judged on artistic terms alone, Stephen Powell’s interpretations make for a deeply satisfying solo debut recital album. His achievement is...

Reviewed by Thomas May in issue: 03/2021

Review of MASLANKA Music for Wind Ensemble

MASLANKA Music for Wind Ensemble

For a composer whose music has been as widely recorded as David Maslanka’s (1943-2017), it may be a surprise that...

Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2021

Review of BEETHOVEN Violin Sonatas Nos 1, 2, 3 & 5 (Andrew Wan)

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonatas Nos 1, 2, 3 & 5 (Andrew Wan)

Violinist Andrew Wan and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin began their Analekta recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano...

Reviewed by Donald Rosenberg in issue: 03/2021

Review of Hera Hyesang Park: I am Hera

Hera Hyesang Park: I am Hera

My only live experience of Juilliard-trained Korean soprano Hera Hyesang Park was at the final of the 2014 Operalia competition...

Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 03/2021

Review of Nathalie Stutzmann: Contralto

Nathalie Stutzmann: Contralto

In an age that set a premium on sheer vocal brilliance, female contraltos were routinely overshadowed by preening castratos and...

Reviewed by Richard Wigmore in issue: 03/2021

Review of WEINBERGER Frühlingsstürme (de Souza)

WEINBERGER Frühlingsstürme (de Souza)

‘All that will be left of life will be the memory of spring storms’, muses the widow Lydia Pawlowska in...

Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 03/2021

Review of VIVALDI Luce e Ombra

VIVALDI Luce e Ombra

Flautist Grégoire Jeay explains that the trio Ensemble Mirabilia hope to capture Vivaldi’s ‘many contrasting styles – light and dark,...

Reviewed by David Vickers in issue: 03/2021

Review of SALIERI Armida (Rousset)

SALIERI Armida (Rousset)

Following their excellent recordings of Salieri’s French operas of the 1780s, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques have turned to...

Reviewed by Richard Lawrence in issue: 03/2021

Review of PROKOFIEV The Fiery Angel (Perez)

PROKOFIEV The Fiery Angel (Perez)

Prokofiev, who liked to think of himself as an opera composer, had a habit of setting unlikely source material. Never...

Reviewed by David Gutman in issue: 03/2021

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