Andrew Clements

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

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,