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Andrew Clements

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

Vaughan Williams: Complete Recordings - review

BBC SO/London SO/New Philharmonia O/London PO/Boult (EMI) The music of Vaughan Williams was a constant in Adrian Boult 's conducting life; the two met when Boult was a student at Oxford between 1908 and 1912, and became lifelong friends. Boult sang in

Benjamin and Goehr - review

Whether by design or good fortune, the Wigmore Hall's short George Benjamin series overlaps neatly with the first UK performances of his opera Written on Skin at Covent Garden. Next month, the Wigmore hosts a performance of his first music-theatre piece,

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; etc - review

Berlin Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle (EMI) Click here to listen exclusively to the entire album , streamed on the Guardian until 27/3/13 Simon Rattle has recorded all three of these works by Stravinsky before - The Rite of Spring twice previously,

The Gospel According to the Other Mary - review

The European premiere of John Adams' latest large-scale choral work is the centrepiece of Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Barbican residency.

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