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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 review remorselessly technical

Pierre-Laurent Aimard(Deutsche Grammophon)Pierre-Laurent Aimard's first recording for Deutsche Grammophon six years ago was Bach's Art of Fugue. It was a disappointingly ordinary performance from a pianist who is such a dazzling interpreter of 20th-centur

Prom 53: Budapest FO/Fischer and Prom 54: ORR/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner, Royal Albert Hall, review

Sometimes a performance is so definitively satisfying that the last thing one wants to hear is an encore. And so it was when Ivan Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra finished delivering two Brahms symphonies on the trot. But instead of the expecte

Joanna Strzelecka-Orlowska Fanny Hensel: The Year in Italy

Fanny Mendelssohn, elder sister of Felix, married Prussian court painter Wilhelm Hensel, and in 1839-1840 embarked with him on a Grand Tour of Italy.

The Year in Italy - Joanna Stizelecka-Orlowska

When reviewing this album All Music said: "Recommended for those interested in the Mendelssohn circle, in music by women, or simply in the early Romantic mind in general".

Khatia Buniatishvili Motherland

As she has demonstrated in her critically acclaimed albums of the keyboard music of Liszt and Chopin, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is a stunning virtuoso with impressive skills and her dynamic playing compels listening.

Motherland - Khatia Buniatishvili

The CD is an intimate quest encompassing solo piano works from Bach to Pärt and from Brahms to Kancheli, in which the themes of longing for home, the merriment of a folk dance and the eternal cycle of growth and decay are apparent. Spanning a broad styli

Prom 44: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Davis @ Royal Albert Hall, London

There are, in crude terms at least, three approaches to Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85.

Prom 50: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Bělohlávek @ Royal Albert Hall, London

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and their chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek brought a programme to the Proms in which the mighty voices of Janáček and Dvořák held sway prior to a no less imposing Beethoven symphony.

Prom 53: Brahms Symphonies, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer

About 10 minutes into the Brahms Third Symphony I wanted to check a name in the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s programme. I dared to turn a page. Bad idea. Such preternatural stillness had settled over the sold-out Royal Albert Hall that the gesture coul