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Andrew Clements

The Marriage of Figaro review Fiona Shaws revival struggles to hit the right note

Coliseum, LondonConductor Jaime Martín turns in a lively account of the score, but the production would benefit from more zest and wit Continue reading...

Schumann: Scenes from Goethes Faust review deeply impressive

Even Schumann’s greatest admirers – and I’d count myself among them – would never claim that his choral music is the most significant or rewarding part of his output.

The Girl of the Golden West review true to Puccinis California dream

Coliseum, LondonENOs version of the opera comes close to sending up the action but its detailed portrayal of the mining community is compellingYou could, I suppose, convincingly transplant Puccinis goldrush opera to an oil-boom town in Scotland or Norway

Reich: Radio Rewrite; Electric Counterpoint; Piano Counterpoint CD review this take on Radiohead is typical late Reich

The first release of Radio Rewrite, premiered in London by the London Sinfonietta last year, brings the Steve Reich discography up to date.

Harbison: String Trio; Four Songs of Solitude; Songs America Loves to Sing CD review

Camerata Pacifica(Harmonia Mundi)Born in 1938, John Harbison could be taken as the paradigm of the generation of US composers who learned their trade in the 50s and early 60s, absorbing ideas from a huge range of musical sources and forging a convincing p

Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 and 2 CD review technically perfect

Shostakovich composed both his violin concertos for the great David Oistrakh, and Oistrakh's recordings remain the benchmark against which all others have to be measured.

Chopin: Preludes; Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D946; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 7 CD review disappointing

Yulianna Avdeeva caused great excitement when she won the 2010 Chopin Competition in Warsaw the first woman to do so since Martha Argerich in 1965.

Berg: Lyric Suite; Piano Sonata, etc CD review efficiently played curiosities

Alban Berg set the precedent for arranging his own music when he published a version for full strings of three movements of the Lyric Suite, originally composed for string quartet.

Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest CD review fabulously inventive opera

Recorded at the UK premiere - a concert staging at the Barbican in London in 2012 that left a rather mixed impression - Gerald Barry's operatic take on Oscar Wilde's most famous play emerges as vividly on disc as it has subsequently done in the opera hous

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 CD review very fine but too short

For many years, when it was heard at all, Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto was played in the edition by Alexander Siloti that was published after the composer's death.