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Byrd: The Three Masses, Ave verum corpus review splendour and finesse

Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Baker(Hyperion)Byrd's double life, in public a member of Queen Elizabeth I's Chapel Royal in a newly Protestant England, in private a covert Catholic, directly shaped his music. Grand works such as the Great Service are amon

Herbert Howells: Stabat Mater review a fine reading

Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Alison Hill (soprano), Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Hill(Naxos)Herbert Howells (1892-1983) occupies a special place in English choral music as the composer of fresh, 20th-century approaches to the Anglican rite and

BBC Proms: Prom 36/Prom 37, review: 'Symphonic scope'

“Is there a sound addressed not wholly to the ear?” William Carlos Williams’ question echoes and re-echoes through the sonic patterning of Steve Reich’s 1983 The Desert Music, centrepiece of Prom 37, but it’s one that could have served as subtit

Keyboard Conversations: Gershwin and Friends - Kings Place

Internationally acclaimed American pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Kings Place for the Fifth Anniversary Season of his popular Keyboard Conversations® programmes. His brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format combines captivating remarks with

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Carnaval review oddly unconvincing and musically flat

Imaginary Pictures is the title Kirill Gerstein gives his slightly unexpected pairing of Mussorgsky and Schumann.

Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American in Paris review efficient but lacking glitz

This varied collection of Americana is taken from concerts given by the Seattle Symphony orchestra under its music director Ludovic Morlot since 2011.

Nørgård: Symphonies Nos 1 and 8 review old and new works juxtaposed

Vienna PO/Oramo(Da Capo)More than half a century separates Per Nørgård's First Symphony from his Eighth, which was first performed in 2012, the year of his 80th birthday; the BBC Symphony gave it a UK premiere last year. While the two works are recogn

Buxtehude: Sacred Concertos, Arias and Cantatas review tightly sprung choral works

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus/Koopman(Challenge Classics)Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus have almost reached the end of their project to record all the works of Dietrich Buxtehude, which they began in 2005. This is volu

Opera reviews: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Berio's Sinfonia, Shostakovich¹s Fourth Symphony

A CANDLELIT Purcell recital as part of the Bristol Proms was atmospheric and exciting while the Royal Albert Hall buzzed with enthusiasm over Luciano Berio's modernist Sinfonia and Shostakovich's powerful Fourth Symphony.

Unsuk Chin: 3 Concertos - Unsuk Chin

This album focuses on Unsuk Chin's three concerto's performed with the help of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. The Guardian gave the album four stars saying: "writing concertos has been a consistent thread through Chin's orchestral output".