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Andrew Clements

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

Cage: Music of Changes; Scarlatti: Sonatas - review

Pi-Hsien Chen (Hat[Now]Art) Music of Changes dates from 1951, the watershed year in John Cage 's development, when he began to eliminate any element of personal choice in his compositions by relying on indeterminacy - in this case the I Ching, the Chine

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No 5 and 8 - review

Halle/Elder (Halle) This is the second release in what looks likely to become a complete Vaughan Williams cycle from Mark Elder and the Halle; the first, devoted to the London Symphony , came out 18 months ago. As before, the recordings are a mix of c

Verdi: Overtures and Preludes - review

Filarmonica della Scala / Chailly (Decca) For the last seven years, Riccardo Chailly has mostly devoted himself to taking the Leipzig Gewandhaus back towards the top of the European orchestral league. But he has maintained his links with La Scala in