Email Artswrap on Twitter Artswrap on Facebook

Andrew Clements

Semiramide: La Signora Regale CD review stylish but breathless

Bonitatibus/Accademia degli Astrusi/La Stagione Armonica/Ferri (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Two CDs) The life and exploits of Semiramis, the legendary queen of Assyria from the 9th century BC, seems to have held a peculiar fascination for 17th and 18th-centu

Klangforum Wien; BBCSO review spectralists focus

New music was thin on the ground at Aldeburgh, but this final weekend of the festival more than made up for it.

Panorama of American Music review eclectic picks from intrepid recitalist Yvar Mikhashoff

Yvar Mikhashoff (Mode, four CDs) Those who remember the Almeida festival in the 1980s, when it was such a vital and innovative part of London's new-music scene, will also remember the part Yvar Mikhashoff played in it, as both associate director and res

Scarlatti: The Complete Keyboard Sonatas review inexhaustible joy

Scott Ross (Erato, 34 CDs) Before his death in 1989 at the age of 38, US-born harpsichordist Scott Ross had not only recorded the entire keyboard works of Couperin and Rameau, but also completed the first ever survey of Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard son

Claudio Abbado: the Complete RCA and Sony Album Collection review - imaginative and intellectual curiosity

Berliner Philharmoniker/London SO/Chicago SO/Vienna State Opera/Abbado (Sony Classical) Through much of his recording career, Claudio Abbado was most closely associated with Deutsche Grammophon. But he made a number of discs for RCA, too, and there was

Owen Wingrave review the drama of Britten's pacifist opera is still uncertain

Aldeburgh festival's first world war commemoration features fine singers, but Neil Bartlett's staging fails to solve the problems of this difficult work.

Handel: Siroe review a fine performance in places

Even the 20th-century Handel revival took a while to get round to this convoluted opera, conducted here by Laurence Cummings (Accent, three CDs) First performed in 1728, Siroe was part of the last season that Handel presented as director of music for the

Zemlinsky: String Quartets Nos 1 and 2 review first-class second instalment

The Escher Quartet's performance of one of Zemlinsky's greatest and most radical pieces is a highlight of this superb disc (Naxos) The first instalment of the Escher Quartet 's survey of Zemlinsky , including the Third and Fourth Quartets, appeared las

Stravinsky: The Firebird; Debussy: Prelude

What might at first sight seem to be an enterprising selection of piano transcriptions of some of the key orchestral works of the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century turns out to be rather unsatisfying.

Debussy, Respighi and Elgar: Violin Sonatas; Sibelius: Five Pieces review wonderfully subtle

Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins relish the expanse of Respighi, but seem more at home with Debussy and Elgar (Signum, two CDs) It's their year of composition, 1917, that links the four works for violin and piano in Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins