Andrew Clements

Ming Tsao: Pathology of Syntax review strikingly spare works

Arditti Quartet/Ascolta/Ensemble SurPlus/Ensemble Recherche(Mode)Ming Tsao is a Chinese American, born in 1966 and now professor of composition in Gothenburg. His teachers included Brian Ferneyhough, from whom he seems to have acquired a tendency to surr

Elgar: Symphony No 1; Cockaigne review a finely judged performance

Royal Stockholm PO/Oramo(Bis)Sakari Oramo's fondness for the more obscure corners of early 20th-century English music John Foulds, Granville Bantock, Arnold Bax was a feature of his programming with the CBSO and has continued into his work with the BBC

Strauss: Elektra review singers surf on waves of sumptuousness

Herlitzius/Meier/Schwanewilms/Pape/Staatskapelle Dresden/Thielemann/Van Aken(Deutsche Grammophon, two CDs)The Strauss performing tradition runs deeper in Dresden than anywhere else. Nine of the composer's operas received their premieres there, including S

Richter Plays Schubert Live review genius on small and grand scale

The centenary of the birth of Sviatoslav Richter, the supreme pianist of the second half of the 20th century, falls next March.

Prom 14: BBCNOW/Fischer review astonishing virtuosity pushed to the limits

Astonishing flautist Emmanuel Pahud performs in premiere of Simon Holt's concerto, Morpheus Wakes.

Prom 10: BBC Philharmonic/Mena review more backbone required

Tamsin Little brought warmth to Moeran's Violin Concerto but Elgar's Enigma was slow to take off and Walton's Variations needed more bite.

From Spain to Eternity review El Greco's world resurrected with care

Ensemble Plus Ultra(Archiv)Though he was born in Crete, Domenikos Theotokopoulos El Greco settled in Spain and spent the second half of his life in Toledo, awaiting a summons to work at the court of Philip II that never came. He died in 1614, and Ensemb

Crane: Chamber Works 1992-2009 review compellingly beautiful

Apartment House(Another Timbre, two CDs)Laurence Crane's music is quietly unassuming and perhaps gently subversive. It deals in the common currency of tonal harmony and scale patterns, yet does so in ways that never seem cliched, arch or predictable. It's

Bruckner: Symphony No 9 review Claudio Abbado's great last testament

Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Abbado(Deutsche Grammophon)Claudio Abbado conducted his final concerts at the Lucerne festival in August last year. The programme consisted of two unfinished symphonies Schubert's eighth and Bruckner's ninth and this disc of t

Schoenberg: Moses und Aron review punctilious and impressive

Grundheber/Conrad/SWR SO Baden-Baden/EuropaChorAkademie/Cambreling(Hänssler, two SACDs)Sixty years after it received its premiere in a concert performance in Hamburg, Schoenberg's unfinished masterpiece remains as much of a rarity in opera houses and con