Reviews

Review of EÖTVÖS Halleluja - oratorium balbulum; Alle vittime senza nome

EÖTVÖS Halleluja - oratorium balbulum; Alle vittime senza nome

Peter Eötvös’s Halleluja (2015) is styled ‘oratorium balbulum’ – a stammering oratorio – and subtitled ‘Four Fragments’. The latter does...

Wergo
Reviewed by Guy Rickards in issue: 01/2020

Review of BERLIOZ Messe solennelle (Niquet)

BERLIOZ Messe solennelle (Niquet)

It’s nearly 30 years now since John Warrack, in these pages, hailed the sudden rediscovery of a copy of this...

Alpha
Reviewed by Mike Ashman in issue: 02/2020

Review of Ruby Hughes: Clytemnestra

Ruby Hughes: Clytemnestra

The ghost of Richard Strauss’s Klytemnestra in Elektra hovers over the final work on the soprano Ruby Hughes’s new BIS...

BIS
Reviewed by Hugo Shirley in issue: 02/2020

Review of Magnificat: Christmas in Leipzig

Magnificat: Christmas in Leipzig

On their much-anticipated debut recording, Solomon’s Knot offer, in chronological order, works from three successive Thomaskantors: Johann Schelle (1648-1701), Johann...

Sony Classical
Reviewed by Edward Breen in issue: 02/2020

Review of Alexandre Tharaud: Versailles

Alexandre Tharaud: Versailles

Alexandre Tharaud loves a themed disc and ‘Versailles’ is a typically personal exploration of the glories of the French Baroque...

Harmonia Mundi
Reviewed by Harriet Smith in issue: 6/2007

Review of The Art of Variation (Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi)

The Art of Variation (Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi)

Here is a programme that would rarely (never?) be presented in the concert hall, one specifically tailored to the medium...

Decca
Reviewed by Jeremy Nicholas in issue: 02/2020

Review of TRUSCOTT Piano Sonatas (Peter Jacobs)

TRUSCOTT Piano Sonatas (Peter Jacobs)

Harold Truscott (1914 92) is a telling example of a composer little appreciated in his lifetime and barely more so...

Heritage Recordings
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in issue: 02/2020

Review of TCHAIKOVSKY Solo Piano Works (Peter Donohoe)

TCHAIKOVSKY Solo Piano Works (Peter Donohoe)

Russian and Soviet music and culture run like a river through Peter Donohoe’s distinguished career. His joint silver medal at...

Signum Classics
Reviewed by Jeremy Nicholas in issue: 02/2020

Review of SWEELINCK Fantasias, Toccatas & Variations (Richard Egarr)

SWEELINCK Fantasias, Toccatas & Variations (Richard Egarr)

Despite his enormous influence on Dutch and north German music, especially the composers Bach would study in his youth, Jan...

Linn
Reviewed by Philip Kennicott in issue: 01/2020

Review of SCHUBERT Piano Sonatas Vols 1 & 2 (Llŷr Williams)

SCHUBERT Piano Sonatas Vols 1 & 2 (Llŷr Williams)

Llŷr Williams’s first commercial disc – an all-Chopin selection including the Preludes – Quartz, 8/06) – received quite harsh criticism...

Signum Classics
Reviewed by Michelle Assay in issue: 02/2020

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