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Andrew Clements

The Magic Flute - review

Simon McBurney's new production is staged with great theatricality, but each idea seems isolated, and no coherent view of this puzzling work is able to emerge Coliseum, London Simon McBurney 's staging is the first new Magic Flute at ENO fo

Sullivan: The Beauty Stone - review

Spence/Stout/Gadd/Suart/Opie/Thomas/Evans/Wyn-Rogers/BBC NOW & Chorus/Macdonald (Chandos, two CDs) Even at the height of their success together, Arthur Sullivan's partnership with WS Gilbert was by no means an exclusive one. Sullivan worked regularly wit

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 7, 14 and 22 - review

Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon) Maurizio Pollini began to record his cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas for Deutsche Grammophon in 1975, and he's only now nearing its completion. This collection of early works is the penultimate instalment; like

Wozzeck - review

Simon Keenlyside follows Matthias Goerne and Johan Reuter, in the title role of Keith Warner's Covent Garden production of Wozzeck, first seen in 2002.

Rivals: Arias for Farinelli & Co - review

Hansen/Academia Montis Regalis/Marchi (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) The Australian David Hansen is the latest kid on the counter-tenor block, with boy-band looks and a website to match. As some parts of this debut solo disc show, he's certainly an impress

Brahms: Violin Concerto; Bartok: Rhapsodies - review

Kavakos/Nagy/Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Chailly (Decca) Leonidas Kavakos appeared in both the Double Concerto and the Violin Concerto during Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus 's Brahms residency at the Barbican in London in October. The

Anderson: Fantasias; The Crazed Moon; The Discovery of Heaven - review

London PO/Jurowski/Wigglesworth (LPO) Julian Anderson has been the London Philharmonic's resident composer since 2010. This disc brings together three of the works that the orchestra has performed as part of that association. The Crazed Moon, first per

Quartets by Beethoven, Bruckner, Hartmann and Holliger - review

Zehetmair Quartet (ECM, two CDs) As Thomas Zehetmair and his violist, wife Ruth Killius , point out in their introduction to this pair of discs, this selection of works could be a typical Zehetmair Quartet programme, with its mixture of the familiar

Busoni: Late Piano Music - review

Marc-Andre Hamelin (Hyperion, three CDs) Though Ferruccio Busoni routinely gets a few pages in surveys of the music of the first half of the 20th century, he remains an elusive figure, hard to place convincingly in context. He was one of the great pian