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Prom 14: BBCNOW/Fischer review astonishing virtuosity pushed to the limits

Astonishing flautist Emmanuel Pahud performs in premiere of Simon Holt's concerto, Morpheus Wakes.

Prom 10: BBC Philharmonic/Mena review more backbone required

Tamsin Little brought warmth to Moeran's Violin Concerto but Elgar's Enigma was slow to take off and Walton's Variations needed more bite.

From Spain to Eternity review El Greco's world resurrected with care

Ensemble Plus Ultra(Archiv)Though he was born in Crete, Domenikos Theotokopoulos El Greco settled in Spain and spent the second half of his life in Toledo, awaiting a summons to work at the court of Philip II that never came. He died in 1614, and Ensemb

Crane: Chamber Works 1992-2009 review compellingly beautiful

Apartment House(Another Timbre, two CDs)Laurence Crane's music is quietly unassuming and perhaps gently subversive. It deals in the common currency of tonal harmony and scale patterns, yet does so in ways that never seem cliched, arch or predictable. It's

Bruckner: Symphony No 9 review Claudio Abbado's great last testament

Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Abbado(Deutsche Grammophon)Claudio Abbado conducted his final concerts at the Lucerne festival in August last year. The programme consisted of two unfinished symphonies Schubert's eighth and Bruckner's ninth and this disc of t

Schoenberg: Moses und Aron review punctilious and impressive

Grundheber/Conrad/SWR SO Baden-Baden/EuropaChorAkademie/Cambreling(Hänssler, two SACDs)Sixty years after it received its premiere in a concert performance in Hamburg, Schoenberg's unfinished masterpiece remains as much of a rarity in opera houses and con

Mozart: The Last Symphonies review a thrilling journey through a tantalising new theory

Since Charles Mackerras's superb recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra appeared in 2008, we have been quite spoiled by new accounts of Mozart's last three symphonies, most recently from Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Glossa

La Traviata review Venera Gimadieva is thrilling in this elegant update

Glyndebourne, LewesThis is not a critique of money and class, but a production that places Violetta's tragedy at its creative centreIt's more than a quarter of a century since Glyndebourne last staged La Traviata. Those who have been awaiting its return,

Wagner: Die Walküre review Solti's uneven Covent Garden debut

Välkki/Hotter/Watson/Vickers/Gorr/Royal Opera/Solti(Testament, four CDs)Georg Solti took over as music director at Covent Garden in 1961. His first new production there was Die Walküre; it was originally intended to be the first instalment of a complete

Strauss: Wind Sonatinas review elegantly presented late works

Armonia Ensemble(Berlin Classics)Richard Strauss's two Sonatinas for an ensemble of 16 wind instruments are late works, part of the so-called Indian summer of his composing career that followed the completion of his final opera Capriccio, and which also p