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Benjamin: Violin Sonatina, Viola Sonata review delightfully quixotic

Shot down in 1917 by Hermann Goering – a flying ace in the first world war – poor Arthur Benjamin had later to endure another shooting down at the hands of critics who unfairly mistook his brilliance with pastiche and ease with film music as evidence

James MacMillan: Work for Chamber Orchestra With Soloists review piercing portraits and Scottish concerns

These varied chamber works by James MacMillan are keenly concerned with Scottish identity, whether in the two-part From Ayrshire, written for violinist Nicola Benedetti and here played by Linus Roth, or in Tuireadh, a lament for victims of the Piper Alpha

Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione; Five Pieces for String Orchestra review vigour and sure-handed orchestration

As quixotic ideas for undramatic ballet go, a series of scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi takes some beating.

An Aldeburgh Musicircus, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, UK – review

A John Cage-inspired ‘happening’ takes over an English seaside town on a perfect summer day.

Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth - Ludus Baroque

In their third disc for Delphian, Ludus Baroque and five stellar soloists bring to life Handel's rarely heard final oratorio, a remarkable Protestant re-casting of a work written 50 years earlier to a text by the young composer s Roman patron Cardinal Pam

Winterreise, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, UK – review

Thomas Adès and Ian Bostridge gave a performance that lived up to expectation.

Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth review not the disaster some have claimed

First performed in 1757, Handel's last oratorio, The Triumph of Time and Truth, is a drastic revision of Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, written some 50 years earlier during Handel's Italian period.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard review Ligeti placed among the piano greats

The Aldeburgh festival artistic director wove Ligeti's piano studies among works by Debussy, Chopin, Bartók and Scriabin in a spellbinding display.

Brahms: Complete String Quartets & Piano Quintet - Gringolts Quartet and Peter Laul

When reviewing this latest recording of Brahms complete string quartets, the Guardian said: "this recording throws fresh light on the familiar features of Brahms's beguiling chamber music".