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Andrew Clements

Cooke: Violin, Viola and Cello Sonatas review purposeful chamber music

Arnold Cooke was part of the same generation of British composers as Michael Tippett and Constant Lambert.

Busoni & Strauss: Violin Concertos, etc review tuneful, easygoing pleasures

Busoni disowned most of his early works after he published his artistic manifesto, Sketch of a New Aesthetic of Music, in 1907.

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Clarinet Trio, etc review high-class playing from Martin Fröst and ensemble

Frost/Jansen/Brovteyn/ Rysanov/Thedeen/ Pontinen(BIS)This is a fine but frustrating disc. Admirers of the superb Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst may already have this version of Brahms' Trio for clarinet, cello and piano Op 114, which was released nine

Gluck: La Clemenza di Tito review highly energised concert recordings of Gluck's opera

Trost/Aikin/Milanesi/Ezenarro/L'Arte del Mondo/Ehrhardt(Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, four CDs)First performed in Naples in 1752, La Clemenza di Tito is often regarded as the most successful of the 20-odd operas that Gluck composed before the watershed of Or

Wagner Without Words review Llyr Williams' entrancing, technically superb set of piano works

As Llyr Williams points out in his introduction to this collection, Wagner wrote more original piano music than is realised almost two hours of it in all.

Prom 41: Aurora O/Collon review an original and compelling score

Royal Albert Hall, LondonBenedict Mason's Meld was convincingly done, with choir and orchestra both making the most of the Albert Hall's acousticsThe most eagerly anticipated of the premieres in this year's Proms was also the most mysterious. Benedict Mas

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.