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Andrew Clements

Benvenuto Cellini review grotesques and gusto solve Berlioz's problem piece

It was English National Opera that encouraged Terry Gilliam to try his hand at directing opera when he staged Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust at the Coliseum three years ago.

Kagel: Piano Trios review major additions to the chamber repertoire

More than 20 years separate Mauricio Kagel's first piano trio from his last, completed in 2007, the year before his death.

Schumann: Three Romances; Violin Sonata No 1; Holliger: Romancendres review

Holliger/Leuzinger/Kernjak (ECM) Oboist, conductor and composer Heinz Holliger has long been fascinated by Schumann's life and music. He first recorded Schumann's works for oboe and piano in the 1980s for Philips, with Alfred Brendel as his accompanist,

John Adams: City Noir; Saxophone Concerto review

St Louis Symphony captures the composer's infectious energy, but the music itself doesn't provide the depth that is promised.

Debussy: Preludes Books I and II review beautiful sound Debussy would have recognised

Hiroko Sasaki's performances, on an immaculately restored piano from 1873, have a sense of rightness about them Debussy's two books of Preludes have been recorded on pianos of the composer's own era before Alexei Lubimov used a 1913 Steinway and a 1925 B

Moses und Aron review unmissable, rare Schoenberg opera

Millennium Centre, Cardiff A wonderfully contained Moses, suave Aron, and score delivered with clarity and sincerity only the updated staging did this unfinished masterpiece less than full justice Schoenberg 's only full-length stage work stands alongs

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 14 no 2 and 109; Schumann: Fantasy, etc review satisfying and eloquent

Perspectives 6, the title of Andreas Haefliger's latest collection, makes it sound like a particularly arid product from one of the 1950s total serialists.

Mozart: The Last Three Symphonies big drama, delightful detail from Brüggen

Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century are revisiting in live concert recordings many of the works they covered in studio sessions for Philips in the 80s and 90s.

Elgar: Symphony No 2 review a triumph for Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

It's always a thrill to hear Elgar's greatest music played by one of the great European orchestras, under a conductor who brings to it a sense of the whole of the 19th-century symphonic tradition that Elgar so acutely felt himself to be a part of.