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Review of ENESCU Piano Quartet No 1 FAURÉ Piano Quartet No 1

ENESCU Piano Quartet No 1 FAURÉ Piano Quartet No 1

In 2022 Naxos released a recording of Enescu’s 1909 Piano Quartet No 1 by an ensemble led by pianist Josu...

Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 03/2024

Review of Dall'Abaco and the Art of Variation

Dall'Abaco and the Art of Variation

‘The Joy of Cellos’ would be an appropriate subtitle for this elegant, playful, infectious recital curated by Elinor Frey. The...

Reviewed by Fabrice Fitch in issue: 03/2024

Review of CORELLI; QUENTIN Flute Sonatas (Anna Besson)

CORELLI; QUENTIN Flute Sonatas (Anna Besson)

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be stopped in your tracks at the outset of this...

Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner in issue: 03/2024

Review of BEETHOVEN Cello Sonatas (Gary Hoffman)

BEETHOVEN Cello Sonatas (Gary Hoffman)

Writing in general terms, there seem to be two principal routes to the heart of these marvellous works, one relatively...

Reviewed by Rob Cowan in issue: 03/2024

Review of JS BACH Six Sonatas, BWV 1014-1019 (Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch)

JS BACH Six Sonatas, BWV 1014-1019 (Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch)

This album of Bach’s Six Sonatas, BWV1014‑19, is accompanied by a lengthy and excellently detailed note from Bach scholar David...

Reviewed by Mark Seow in issue: 03/2024

Review of AUERBACH; DVOŘÁK; WEINBERG Piano Trios

AUERBACH; DVOŘÁK; WEINBERG Piano Trios

Trio Zimbalist – pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu, violinist Josef Špaček and cellist Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin – took their name from Efrem...

Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 03/2024

Review of VIVALDI 'Concerti per una vita' (Théotime Langlois de Swarte)

VIVALDI 'Concerti per una vita' (Théotime Langlois de Swarte)

A whole lot is promised in this double-disc release. The words ‘world premiere recording’ are used eight times in the...

Reviewed by Mark Seow in issue: 03/2024

Review of TARKIAINEN Midnight Sun Variations

TARKIAINEN Midnight Sun Variations

In some ways, Ondine’s second disc of music by Outi Tarkiainen paints the composer in a slightly different light –...

Reviewed by Andrew Mellor in issue: 03/2024

Review of SIBELIUS Symphony No 4 (Rouvali)

SIBELIUS Symphony No 4 (Rouvali)

Sibelius’s biographer Erik Tawaststjerna (I write this on the 30th anniversary of his death) once stated that Herbert von Karajan...

Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2024

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Review of Lang Lang: Saint-Saëns

Lang Lang: Saint-Saëns

For The Carnival, Lang Lang is joined by his pianist wife Gina Alice. It begins splendidly with the lion loudly...

Reviewed by Jeremy Nicholas in issue: 03/2024

Review of SAARIAHO Maan Varjot. Château de l'ame. True Fire. Offrande

SAARIAHO Maan Varjot. Château de l'ame. True Fire. Offrande

The new Kaija Saariaho-funded organ at the Musiikkitalo in Helsinki has sparked a mini-revival for the composer’s organ concerto Maan...

Reviewed by Andrew Mellor in issue: 03/2024

Review of MOZART Overtures (Willens)

MOZART Overtures (Willens)

Discs entirely devoted to Mozart overtures are rare, with good reason. With the familiar works the ear repeatedly craves the...

Reviewed by Richard Wigmore in issue: 03/2024

Review of KRAUS Overtures (Astronio)

KRAUS Overtures (Astronio)

German composer Joseph Martin Kraus was born the same year as Mozart, trained in Mannheim and worked at the culturally...

Reviewed by Lindsay Kemp in issue: 03/2024

Review of HELLSTENIUS Public Behaviour. Together

HELLSTENIUS Public Behaviour. Together

Looking for something to blow the musical cobwebs away? Try Henrik Hellstenius. For the past three decades, the Norwegian composer...

Reviewed by Pwyll ap Siôn in issue: 03/2024

Review of HAYDN J &M Violin Concerto No 4; Concerto For Harpsichord & Viola

HAYDN J &M Violin Concerto No 4; Concerto For Harpsichord & Viola

‘Slender pieces of modest charm’ is how Richard Wigmore describes the violin concertos in his indispensable Faber Pocket Guide to...

Reviewed by David Threasher in issue: 03/2024

Review of FIRSOVA Piano Concerto (Yefim Bronfman)

FIRSOVA Piano Concerto (Yefim Bronfman)

Elena Firsova’s 18-minute, three-movement Piano Concerto – not to be confused with her Piano Concerto No 1 of 1985, which...

Reviewed by David Fanning in issue: 03/2024

Review of Mer(s): Debussy, Dukas, Cras

Mer(s): Debussy, Dukas, Cras

The concept behind Mathieu Herzog’s Appassionato would seem to me to be one of chamber music (and the mindset implicit...

Reviewed by Edward Seckerson in issue: 03/2024

Review of BRUCKNER Symphony No 4 (Hindoyan)

BRUCKNER Symphony No 4 (Hindoyan)

Domingo Hindoyan’s interpretation of the Fourth Symphony is well paced, admirably attentive to dynamics and avoids any interpretative eccentricities. Solo...

Reviewed by Christian Hoskins in issue: 03/2024

Review of BRITTEN Violin Concerto (Baiba Skride)

BRITTEN Violin Concerto (Baiba Skride)

This vividly recorded account of Britten’s 1939 Violin Concerto is uniquely paired with the Double Concerto for violin and viola...

Reviewed by Geraint Lewis in issue: 03/2024

Review of BERKELEY; RAVEL; POUNDS Orchestral Works (Wilson)

BERKELEY; RAVEL; POUNDS Orchestral Works (Wilson)

Born in London in 1954, Adam Pounds attended the London College of Music before going on to study privately with...

Reviewed by Andrew Achenbach in issue: 03/2024


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