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Andrew Clements

CBSO/Nelsons - review

In this year of all years, with performances proliferating to mark the centenary of the work's notorious premiere, it has been more difficult than ever for conductors to put a personal stamp on their interpretations of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

Thomas Hampson/Wolfram Rieger - review

Wigmore Hall, London Thomas Hampson's treatments of lieder by Mahler and others sometimes lacked intimacy, but nevertheless built to a rapturous climax Settings of texts from the two sources that dominated Mahler 's songwriting career began and ended

Nelson Goerner - review

Wigmore Hall, London Schumann's Kreisleriana was ravishing yet lacked precision, while Schubert's D960 Sonata seemed insincere The last time I heard Nelson Goerner in a recital at the Wigmore Hall, two years ago, the Argentinian pianist was playing L

Britten: War Requiem - review

Gritton/Ainsley/Maltman/Wroc?aw Philharmonic Choir/Gabrieli Consort and Players (Signum) Like Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort's recording of Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts , which appeared two years ago, this studio version of War Requiem is

Schumann: Klavierst

Emil Gilels (ICA Classics) Like all Soviet artists of his era, Emil Gilels ' appearances in the UK were sporadic. But in 1979 he made two visits here in quick succession, appearing as soloist in Beethoven's Fourth Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall an

Alexander Goehr: Since Brass, Nor Stone

Colin Currie/Pavel Haas Quartet/Nash Ensemble (NMC) This collection brings together chamber pieces that Alexander Goehr composed during his eighth decade, between 2002 and 2012. They reveal the typical preoccupations of Goehr's recent music, especially

Schoenberg: Verkl

Fred Sherry String Quartet and Sextet (Naxos) Schoenberg 's Third and Fourth String Quartets are already available in the series that Robert Craft is curating for Naxos, and the same group of players, brought together by cellist Fred Sherry with Le

Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos - review

Dunedin Consort/Butt (Linn, 2CDS) John Butt and the Dunedin Consort have already recorded Bach's Matthew and John Passions , as well as Handel's Messiah , and his oratorio Esther for Linn, but this is their first venture into purely instrumental b

Paul Bunyan/British Youth Opera - review

Peacock theatre, London Britten's first operetta gets a modern makeover by a young and eager cast The Britten centenary has inevitably put the composer's first opera in the spotlight once again, but British Youth Opera 's production, directed by Wil

Marenzio: First Book of Madrigals - review

La Compagnia del Madrigale (Glossa) Though nowadays he is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Monteverdi and Gesualdo, at the beginning of the 17th century Luca Marenzio (c.1553-1599) was regarded as the greatest of all madrigalists, with an influen