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Andrew Clements

The Complete Quilter Songbook Vol 1 - review

Stone/Barlow (Stone) With surveys of Butterworth , CW Orr , and Havergal Brian completed, Mark Stone's trawl through the wealth of early 20th-century English song now focuses on another familiar enough, though less distinctive, figure. Roger Quilter

BCMG/Knussen - review

The century-long era of American music that began with Charles Ives and ended last year with the death of Elliott Carter was the focus of Oliver Knussen 's latest appearance with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Music by Ives (the Set for Theatre

Cage: Music of Changes; Scarlatti: Sonatas - review

Pi-Hsien Chen (Hat[Now]Art) Music of Changes dates from 1951, the watershed year in John Cage 's development, when he began to eliminate any element of personal choice in his compositions by relying on indeterminacy - in this case the I Ching, the Chine

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No 5 and 8 - review

Halle/Elder (Halle) This is the second release in what looks likely to become a complete Vaughan Williams cycle from Mark Elder and the Halle; the first, devoted to the London Symphony , came out 18 months ago. As before, the recordings are a mix of c

Verdi: Overtures and Preludes - review

Filarmonica della Scala / Chailly (Decca) For the last seven years, Riccardo Chailly has mostly devoted himself to taking the Leipzig Gewandhaus back towards the top of the European orchestral league. But he has maintained his links with La Scala in

Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones Liber Secundus - review

Vocalconsort Berlin/Wood (Harmonia Mundi) Though it's his six books of madrigals, not to mention his spectacularly eventful private life, that have defined Carlo Gesualdo 's reputation as one of the greatest and most radical of late-Renaissance composer

Hasse: Didone Abbandonata - review

Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) is one of those composers whose importance in the history of opera has never been questioned, but whose own works have long since disappeared from the repertory. Born near Hamburg in the last year of the 17th century, Hasse

Britten: The Canticles - review

Johnson/Baillieu (Signum Classics) Ben Johnson is rising rapidly through the richly stocked ranks of young British tenors. His musical range is wide (as demonstrated by the current ENO production of La Traviata ), but Johnson has already made a partic