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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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