Reviews

Review of BUSONI Piano Concerto (Gerstein)

BUSONI Piano Concerto (Gerstein)

Busoni’s mighty Piano Concerto responds well to live recordings – just think of Donohoe and Elder at the Proms back...

Myrios
Reviewed by Harriet Smith in issue: 03/2019

Review of BEETHOVEN Symphony No 9, 'Choral' (Ozawa)

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 9, 'Choral' (Ozawa)

Rehearsing for ad hoc projects in the coastal city north of Tokyo that lends the ensemble its name, the Mito...

Decca
Reviewed by Peter Quantrill in issue: 03/2019

Review of AHO Trombone Concerto. Trumpet Concerto (Brabbins)

AHO Trombone Concerto. Trumpet Concerto (Brabbins)

He may be best known for his cycle of (so far) 17 symphonies but Kalevi Aho, who turns 70 this...

BIS
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in issue: 03/2019

Review of Sandro Russo: Images et Mirages

Sandro Russo: Images et Mirages

Here’s a late entry among 2018’s numerous Debussy anniversary offerings, featuring pianist Sandro Russo in Images Books 1 and 2,...

Steinway & Sons
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2019

Review of The John Psathas Percussion Project, Vol 1

The John Psathas Percussion Project, Vol 1

I first encountered the music of John Psathas, a New Zealand composer of Greek heritage born in 1966, on Evelyn...

Navona
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2019

Review of JIRÁSEK When the Soul Speaks

JIRÁSEK When the Soul Speaks

Jan Jirásek’s current representation on disc is quite modest, his most popular recorded work undoubtedly the austere Missa propria (1991...

Navona
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2019

Review of GOMPPER Double Concerto. Clarinet Concerto

GOMPPER Double Concerto. Clarinet Concerto

David Gompper (b1954) is currently Professor of Composition at the University of Iowa but his academic career has taken in...

American Classics
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2019

Review of GLASS Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square (Craig Morris)

GLASS Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square (Craig Morris)

Craig Morris’s Grammy-nominated tribute to Philip Glass, who was honoured in December at the Kennedy Center alongside Cher, Reba McEntire...

Bridge
Reviewed by Laurence Vittes in issue: 03/2019

Review of BYRON Fabric for String Noise FINK Celesta

BYRON Fabric for String Noise FINK Celesta

The three compositions on these two new – half-filled – releases (best thought of as CD singles) each explore a...

Cold Blue
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 03/2019

Review of BRAHMS Hungarian Dances (Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker)

BRAHMS Hungarian Dances (Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker)

One usually thinks of Brahms’s Hungarian Dances as light music, but evidently Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker does not. The levity and whimsy...

Delos
Reviewed by Jed Distler in issue: 03/2019

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