Andrew Clements

Mozart: The Last Three Symphonies big drama, delightful detail from Brüggen

Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century are revisiting in live concert recordings many of the works they covered in studio sessions for Philips in the 80s and 90s.

Elgar: Symphony No 2 review a triumph for Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

It's always a thrill to hear Elgar's greatest music played by one of the great European orchestras, under a conductor who brings to it a sense of the whole of the 19th-century symphonic tradition that Elgar so acutely felt himself to be a part of.

Der Rosenkavalier review new Glyndebourne staging lacks emotion

Elegant vocal performances and Robin Ticciati's efficient conducting mark Strauss's comic opera, but Richard Jones's staging doesn't make you laugh or cry.

Gawain review fully restored, pointlessly staged, superbly performed version of Birtwistle's fourth opera

The unexpurgated version of Harrison Birtwistle's opera, kicking off the Barbican's 80th-birthday season for the composer, let its magnificent singers down with a superfluous staging.

Strauss: An Alpine Symphony review a sumptuous, well-paced live recording

Saito Kinen Orchestra is the Japanese equivalent of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, an international group of outstanding orchestral musicians that convenes every summer to tour and give concerts at the festival in the Japanese Alps after which it is name

Roberto Gerhard: Leo, Libra, Gemini and Concerto for 8 review quick-witted brilliance of rarely heard works

Roberto Gerhard died in 1970 at the age of 73. The Catalan composer, who had studied with Granados and Schoenberg, and lived in the UK after fleeing from Franco in 1939, probably enjoyed more exposure for his works during the last decade of his life than

Crumb: Voices from the Heartland review touchingly honest

George Crumb will be 85 in October. Over the past decade, his output has been almost exclusively vocal, concentrated in a series of song cycles and arrangements he has subtitled American Songbook.

Walton: Symphony No 1; Violin Concerto review Gardner and Little

Joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gardner's take on Walton's best-known orchestral works lacks tautness, while Little delivers a sauve solo.

Birtwistle: Chamber Music review Freston/Williams/Batiashvili/Fellner

Marking Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, this disc including little-known chamber music captures the spareness of the composer's works.

Imogen Cooper - review

Wigmore Hall, London On paper, the first three works in Imogen Cooper 's all-Schubert recital seemed to be designed as a prelude for the final one, the gorgeously expansive G major Piano Sonata D894. Yet as so often, that assumption underestimated the s