Andrew Clements

Mozart: The Last Symphonies review a thrilling journey through a tantalising new theory

Since Charles Mackerras's superb recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra appeared in 2008, we have been quite spoiled by new accounts of Mozart's last three symphonies, most recently from Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Glossa

La Traviata review Venera Gimadieva is thrilling in this elegant update

Glyndebourne, LewesThis is not a critique of money and class, but a production that places Violetta's tragedy at its creative centreIt's more than a quarter of a century since Glyndebourne last staged La Traviata. Those who have been awaiting its return,

Wagner: Die Walküre review Solti's uneven Covent Garden debut

Välkki/Hotter/Watson/Vickers/Gorr/Royal Opera/Solti(Testament, four CDs)Georg Solti took over as music director at Covent Garden in 1961. His first new production there was Die Walküre; it was originally intended to be the first instalment of a complete

Strauss: Wind Sonatinas review elegantly presented late works

Armonia Ensemble(Berlin Classics)Richard Strauss's two Sonatinas for an ensemble of 16 wind instruments are late works, part of the so-called Indian summer of his composing career that followed the completion of his final opera Capriccio, and which also p

Monteverdi: Vespri Solenni per La Festa di San Marco review a real treat

Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini(Naive, CD & DVD)When Monteverdi moved from Mantua to Venice in 1613, to become maestro di cappella at St Mark's, he set about raising musical standards in the choir of which he took charge. The Selva Morale e Spirituale, pub

Lieberson: Piano Concerto No 3; Viola Concerto review taut and compelling

Beck/Diaz/Odense SO/Yoo(Bridge)Peter Lieberson's first orchestral work was a piano concerto, and it was that magnificent, hugely ambitious score, based upon the Buddhist principles of Heaven, Earth, Man, that made his international reputation in the 80s.

Bernstein: West Side Story CD review Tilson Thomas's immaculate but safe recording

Silber/Jackson/Vosk/Vortmann/San Francisco SO/Tilson Thomas San Francisco Symphony (two CDs) Taken from concerts a year ago in the San Francisco orchestra's home at Davies Symphony Hall, Michael Tilson Thomas 's performance of Leonard Bernstein 's genre

Scriabin: Sonata No 6; Preludes Op 74; Busoni: Sonatina Seconda, etc CD review

Olga Stezhko calls her disc Eta Carinae, after a binary star system in the Carina galaxy 8,000 light years away.

Feldman: String Quartet No 1, Three Pieces, etc CD review chamber beauty

Flux Quartet (Mode, Two CDs and DVD) The chamber works that Morton Feldman wrote in the last decade of his life are among the most beautiful and extraordinary composed in the second half of the 20th century. Completed in 1979, String Quartet No 1 was on

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