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Andrew Clements

Prom 40: LSO/Haitink review Mahler with poise and intensity

Bernard Haitink found fascinating detail in Mahler's Fourth Symphony, while Schubert's Fifth seemed almost effortlessBernard Haitink is not only celebrating his 85th birthday this year, but also the 60th anniversary of his debut as a conductor. Through mu

Prom 39: BBC Scottish SO/Stenz review easy-going virtuosity from Biss

Royal Albert Hall, LondonBernard Rands's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra seemed perfectly tailored to Jonathan Biss's pianism amid a curious programme of Mozart, Rameau and Richard StraussThough he was born in Sheffield and went to Bangor University befo

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

Unsuk Chin: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Šu review reimagining the concerto form

It was a concerto, her 2001 work for violin, that won Unsuk Chin the high-profile Grawemeyer award for music three years later.

Röntgen: The Late String Trios review finely honed, Brahmsian fare

Offenburg String Trio(Naxos)Julius Röntgen (1855-1932) was born in Leipzig where his father was leader of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and was something of a child prodigy as a violinist and pianist. In 1874 he met Brahms, who provided to be the decisive i

Ming Tsao: Pathology of Syntax review strikingly spare works

Arditti Quartet/Ascolta/Ensemble SurPlus/Ensemble Recherche(Mode)Ming Tsao is a Chinese American, born in 1966 and now professor of composition in Gothenburg. His teachers included Brian Ferneyhough, from whom he seems to have acquired a tendency to surr

Elgar: Symphony No 1; Cockaigne review a finely judged performance

Royal Stockholm PO/Oramo(Bis)Sakari Oramo's fondness for the more obscure corners of early 20th-century English music John Foulds, Granville Bantock, Arnold Bax was a feature of his programming with the CBSO and has continued into his work with the BBC