Reviews

Review of NORMAN Sustain (Dudamel)

NORMAN Sustain (Dudamel)

Andrew Norman burst upon the scene a few years ago with the three-movement, 45-minute-long symphony Play (2013, rev 2016), which...

Deutsche Grammophon
Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 02/2020

Review of MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (Petrenko)

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (Petrenko)

This is one of those discs that commands respect (this conductor is pretty much always a safe investment) without setting...

Onyx
Reviewed by Edward Seckerson in issue: 01/2020

Review of MOZART Youth Symphonies (von der Goltz)

MOZART Youth Symphonies (von der Goltz)

The catalogue numbers may suggest otherwise, but this disc gathers the four earliest known symphonies by the young Mozart, along...

Aparte
Reviewed by David Threasher in issue: 02/2020

Review of IVES Symphonies 3 & 4 (Tilson Thomas)

IVES Symphonies 3 & 4 (Tilson Thomas)

‘Gloriously gut-punching’ was a San Francisco critic’s verdict on the live performance of Ives’s Fourth Symphony used for this disc....

SFS Media
Reviewed by Arnold Whittall in issue: 01/2020

Review of HANCOCK Raptures (Parikian)

HANCOCK Raptures (Parikian)

With his stylistic roots in the scores of John Williams and Elmer Bernstein it seems hardly surprising that Stuart Hancock...

Orchid Classics
Reviewed by Richard Whitehouse in issue: 01/2020

Review of GINASTERA Harp Concerto. Variaciones concertantes (Sidsel Walstad)

GINASTERA Harp Concerto. Variaciones concertantes (Sidsel Walstad)

There aren’t very many concertos for harpists to choose from – and even fewer of truly high quality – which...

Lawo
Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 01/2020

Review of FINGER Music for European Courts and Concerts (Rawson)

FINGER Music for European Courts and Concerts (Rawson)

It’s been a good year for Gottfried Finger, the Moravian-born composer who moved to London in the 1680s and made...

Ramee
Reviewed by Lindsay Kemp in issue: 01/2020

Review of ELGAR Cello Concerto (Sheku Kanneh-Mason)

ELGAR Cello Concerto (Sheku Kanneh-Mason)

What is it with Elgar and young musicians? The Violin Concerto found Yehudi Menuhin and Nigel Kennedy caught in the...

Sony Classical
Reviewed by Rob Cowan in issue: 02/2017

Review of DOHNÁNYI Symphony No 1 (Paternostro)

DOHNÁNYI Symphony No 1 (Paternostro)

I’ve asked this before, but is any composer since Haydn better at writing a humorous finale than Ernst von Dohnányi?...

Telarc
Reviewed by Richard Bratby in issue: 2/1999

Review of BRAHMS Double Concerto SCHUMANN Violin Concerto (Manze)

BRAHMS Double Concerto SCHUMANN Violin Concerto (Manze)

I think it’s safe to say that Schumann’s Violin Concerto is no longer considered a drab, sub-par product of the...

CPO
Reviewed by Andrew Farach-Colton in issue: 01/2020

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