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Fiona Maddocks

Grimeborn: The Medium review a deft, intrepid production

The prolific Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) was coolly regarded by the classical world, especially in his final years.

Panufnik/Lutoslawski: String Quartets review beguiling and pensive

These two Polish composers, born and dying within years of one another, tackled the string quartet medium at different stages in their long careers. Witold Lutoslawski (1913-94) wrote his only example, in two sections and lasting just under half and hour,

David Matthews: Symphony No 7, Vespers review ethereal and explosive

This world-premiere recording, which came out earlier in the summer, confirms David Matthews (b.1943) as a natural composer for voices here, the full-bodied, occasionally untamed Bach Choir as well as a richly gifted orchestral colourist happy to find i

Enough war to last several lifetimes at the Edinburgh festival 2014

Review: Hespèrion XXI, The Sixteen, Collegium Vocale Gent, Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne at the Usher Hall Continue reading...

Enough war to last several lifetimes at the Edinburgh festival 2014

Review: Hespèrion XXI, The Sixteen, Collegium Vocale Gent, Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake, Alban Gerhardt and Steven Osborne at the Usher HallFrom the plains of Troy to the fields of Flanders, war is the theme of this year's Edinburgh international festi

Quilter: The Complete Songbook Volume 2 review full of pleasures

Mark Stone (baritone), Stephen Barlow (piano) (Stone Records)This second of four discs will be the first complete recording of the songs of Roger Quilter (1877-1953). As well as setting Blake, Byron, Keats, Binyon and the Earl of Rochester, the Sussex-bor

Byrd: The Three Masses, Ave verum corpus review splendour and finesse

Choir of Westminster Cathedral/Baker(Hyperion)Byrd's double life, in public a member of Queen Elizabeth I's Chapel Royal in a newly Protestant England, in private a covert Catholic, directly shaped his music. Grand works such as the Great Service are amon

James MacMillan: Visions of a November Spring review from urgent to ethereal

Edinburgh Quartet(Delphian)The excellent Edinburgh Quartet was founded in 1960, a year after its patron, the composer James MacMillan, was born. Inevitable changes of personnel notwithstanding, the group has maintained its high standing in the chamber mus

Rimsksy-Korsakov: Scheherazade review an eclectic, exotic delight

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic's penchant for drawing on different styles and cultures reinvigorates an overplayed workRimsksy-Korsakov, whose symphonic tone poem Scheherazade is based on a tale from the One Thousand and One Nights, would have delighte

Proms 1, 4, 9, 6; Chamber Music 1 review celebrations, and doubt

The 120th season began in grand style with Elgar, but the World Orchestra for Peace sounded a note of uncertaintyA faint cloud of dust rose up from the big bass drum as the fateful hammer blows were struck at the end of Mahler's Sixth Symphony. The compos