Andrew Clements

Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words; Variations Sérieuses, etc CD review a constant delight

Javier Perianes(Harmonia Mundi)Javier Perianes previous solo discs for Harmonia Mundi have a broad range, from the 18th-century piano sonatas of Blasco de Nebra to Manuel de Falla. This more mainstream collection of Mendelssohn centres on the Songs Withou

Journey to Aldeburgh: Young Britten CD review exuberant and well worth exploring

Even after the intense scrutiny of every facet of Britten’s music that was generated by last year’s centenary, works that have gone unheard for more than half a century are still being prised out of the Aldeburgh archives.

Idomeneo review early Mozart as confusing study of regime change

The modern police state backdrop sits oddly in Martin Kueks new production, provoking mostly puzzlement.

Muhly: Two Boys CD review inventive but impossibly arch opera from NY Met

Appleby/Petersen/Coote/Metropolitan Opera/Robinson (Nonesuch, 2CDs) Continue reading...

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