Reviews

Review of IVES Complete Symphonies (Dudamel)

IVES Complete Symphonies (Dudamel)

The evolution of American music is chronicled right here in this quartet of symphonies. And when heard – as I...

Reviewed by Edward Seckerson in issue: 10/2020

Review of FINZI Clarinet Concerto VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No 5 (Michael Collins)

FINZI Clarinet Concerto VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No 5 (Michael Collins)

Michael Collins’s second recording of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto (Chandos, 1/13), where he also directed the BBC Symphony Orchestra, came out...

Reviewed by Mark Pullinger in issue:

Review of FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat. Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Prieto)

FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat. Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Prieto)

The Orchestra of the Americas and Carlos Miguel Prieto have opted for the familiar Falla pairing of El sombrero de...

Reviewed by Tim Ashley in issue: 11/2019

Review of DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto (Kian Soltani)

DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto (Kian Soltani)

Listening to Kian Soltani performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, the slightly old-fashioned word that...

Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 10/2020

Review of BRAHMS; SCHUMANN Darlings of the Muses

BRAHMS; SCHUMANN Darlings of the Muses

The big news here is the terrific playing of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. The strings, polished during Pinchas Zukerman’s...

Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 10/2020

Review of BRAHMS Symphonies Nos 1-4 (Jordan)

BRAHMS Symphonies Nos 1-4 (Jordan)

If you read Rainer Lepuschitz’s extensive booklet note before listening to these performances, as I did, you too may be...

Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 10/2020

Review of Divina: Sacred Music by Biber and Schmelzer

Divina: Sacred Music by Biber and Schmelzer

There are some standout moments on this album. First there is the superlative singing of Jonathan Sells in Biber’s Nisi...

Reviewed by Mark Seow in issue: 10/2020

Review of BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 4 BRUCKNER Symphony No 7 (Haitink)

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 4 BRUCKNER Symphony No 7 (Haitink)

Towards the end of what became his adieu to the podium, Bernard Haitink led the Seventh Symphony of Bruckner with...

Reviewed by Peter Quantrill in issue: 10/2020

Review of BEETHOVEN Symphonies 1 & 2 CPE BACH Symphonies (Forck)

BEETHOVEN Symphonies 1 & 2 CPE BACH Symphonies (Forck)

I approached these performances with some trepidation, as the lovely promise shown in the opening movements of the Akademie für...

Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 10/2020

Review of BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 4. Overtures (Kristian Bezuidenhout)

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 4. Overtures (Kristian Bezuidenhout)

Here we are: instalment three of a series that so far has been one of the finest ornaments of Beethoven’s...

Reviewed by Patrick Rucker in issue: 10/2020

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