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Andrew Clements

Schreker: Der Schatzgr

Faveyts/Uhl/Very/Clark/Netherlands Opera and PO/Albrecht (Challenge Classics, two CDs) First performed in 1920, Der Schatzgr

Pickard: String Quartets Nos 1 and 5 - review

Brodowski Quartet (Toccata Classics) More than two decades separate these two quartets; John Pickard's Fifth Quartet was first performed in April this year. Unsurprisingly, the works differ sharply in structure and scale. Where the more recent quartet co

Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka; Liszt: Transcendental Studies - review

Vadym Kholodenko (Harmonia Mundi) The 26-year-old Ukrainian-born Vadym Kholodenko won the latest Van Cliburn piano competition held in Forth Worth, Texas, in May this year. By all accounts he wasn't everybody's choice for the gold medal, and certainly

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Symphony No 1 - review

Auty/Breedt/Hancock/Collegium Vocale Gent/Royal Flemish PO/De Waart (Pentatone, two CDs) Recordings of the greatest 20th-century British choral work from elsewhere in Europe are unusual, so this Antwerp-sourced version, with Edo de Waart conducting the

Maderna: Works for Flute - review

Fabbriciani/Damerini/Orchestra Filarmonia G Monaco Panni (Mode) This collection of pieces, mostly from the 1950s, is a tribute to both one of the most underrated composers of the postwar avant garde, Bruno Maderna , and to one of the great interpreters

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 - review

Hough/Mozarteumorchester Salzburg/Wigglesworth (Hyperion, two CDs) In releasing the two Brahms concertos together, Stephen Hough immediately invites comparisons with the finest recordings of the last half century. There is Emil Gilels's unsurpassed pai

Tippett: A Retrospective - review

With the Britten centenary celebrations all done and dusted, the Wigmore Hall has quickly turned its attention to his greatest British contemporary.

Parsifal - review

The Royal Opera has waited until almost the end of the Wagner bicentenary year to make its contribution to the celebrations, but in every respect it has been well worth the wait.

Adams: Harmonielehre; Doctor Atomic Symphony, etc - review

Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Oundjian (Chandos) Peter Oundjian's collection includes what is only the second recording of the three-movement Doctor Atomic Symphony, which John Adams extracted in 2007 from his opera about Robert Oppenheimer and th

Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories - review

Tomás Luis de Victoria's huge collection of music for Holy Week was published in 1585.