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Andrew Clements

Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio five-star review 'Wonderfully authoritative'

Over the past four decades, the Arditti Quartet have collaborated with almost all the great composers of our time, many of whom, from Elliott Carter to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giacinto Scelsi to Harrison Birtwistle, have written pieces specifically for the

Schumann: The Symphonies review 'Few interpretative insights'

CO of Europe/Nezet-Seguin (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs) From historically informed accounts to the most unreconstructed modern symphony-orchestra performances, there's no shortage of fine sets of Schumann's four symphonies already on disc. Where Yannick N

Vierne: String Quartet in D minor; Pierne: Piano Quintet in E minor review 'Every chord weighed to perfection'

Lane/Goldner String Quartet (Hyperion) While the Takács work their way through the core chamber repertoire for Hyperion , the Goldner, the other great quartet on the label's books, explores its fringes, often in partnership with pianist Piers Lan

Ravel: Ma M

Anima Eterna Brugge/Van Immerseel (Zig-Zag Territories) The period-instrument colonisation of the 20th-century French orchestral repertoire, pioneered by François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles, continues with Jos van Immerseel and Anima Ete

Maurizio Pollini review Reined-in drama with bursts of excitement

Royal Festival Hall, London An all-Beethoven programme featuring three of the composer's greatest piano sonatos is intellectually taut, with some loose ends Just six weeks after his recital of Chopin and Debussy at the Royal Festival Hall, Maurizio Po

Tulve: Arboles Lloran por Lluvia; Extinction des Choses Vues, etc - review

Savall/Barbier/Kirikal/Ensemble Vox Clamantis/Tulve/Estonian National SO/Elts (ECM) Six years ago, ECM's first disc of music by Estonian Helena Tulve was an impressive, largely instrumental introduction to a composer who seemed to have created her ow

Dwyer: Scenes from Crow - review

Vox21 Ensemble/Dunne (Diatribe) Now in his late 40s, Benjamin Dwyer is a guitarist and academic as well as a composer. He currently seems obsessed with Crow, the collection of poems, part ritual, part creation myth, that Ted Hughes published in 1974.

Cilea: Piano Music; Cello Sonata - review

Calcaviello/De Palma (Piano Classics) Francesco Cilea (1866-1950) is remembered now for his operas, and especially for Adriana Lecouvreur . But at the beginning and end of his career he also produced instrumental and orchestral music, much of it for pia

Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten - review

The Royal Opera is marking the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth with a new version of his most massive, most ambitious and, for some, most tendentious stage work.

Il Diario di Chiara review - 'A bit hard-driven'

Europa Galante/Biondi (Glossa) In the 18th century, the Ospedale della Piet