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Andrew Clements

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

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.