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Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux Opp 33 & 39 review a landmark recording

The technical demands of Rachmaninov's two sets of Etudes-Tableaux put them outside the reach of all but the most accomplished pianists, and with this recording Martin Cousin claims himself a place in the first rank of today's performers, dazzling with hi

Paul Chamberlain, St Giles in the Fields: Review

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain proves his passion for music and for the accordion in his latest concerts. The programme is filled with variety which also shows the versatility of the accordion from pieces by Scarlatti to Piazzolla. However because ther

Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas - Five Melodies, review: 'finely honed performances'

Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne's performances have a real strength of character, says Geoffrey Norris.

Bernstein: West Side Story CD review Tilson Thomas's immaculate but safe recording

Silber/Jackson/Vosk/Vortmann/San Francisco SO/Tilson Thomas San Francisco Symphony (two CDs) Taken from concerts a year ago in the San Francisco orchestra's home at Davies Symphony Hall, Michael Tilson Thomas 's performance of Leonard Bernstein 's genre

Scriabin: Sonata No 6; Preludes Op 74; Busoni: Sonatina Seconda, etc CD review

Olga Stezhko calls her disc Eta Carinae, after a binary star system in the Carina galaxy 8,000 light years away.

Feldman: String Quartet No 1, Three Pieces, etc CD review chamber beauty

Flux Quartet (Mode, Two CDs and DVD) The chamber works that Morton Feldman wrote in the last decade of his life are among the most beautiful and extraordinary composed in the second half of the 20th century. Completed in 1979, String Quartet No 1 was on

Semiramide: La Signora Regale CD review stylish but breathless

Bonitatibus/Accademia degli Astrusi/La Stagione Armonica/Ferri (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Two CDs) The life and exploits of Semiramis, the legendary queen of Assyria from the 9th century BC, seems to have held a peculiar fascination for 17th and 18th-centu

Work for Chamber Orchestra with Soloists - James MacMillan

The third release from Challenge Classics on which the acclaimed Scottish composer James MacMillan conducts the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Choir, and leading instrumental soloists presents some of his most important works. T