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Fiona Maddocks

Bach: St John Passion review 'energetic but intimate'

Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, Chorus of the AAM/Egarr (director and harpsichord) (AAM) Following concert performances last year, the Academy of Ancient Music and a small choral ensemble singing four to a part have recorded the 1724 version of the

Clarion Call: Works for Septet and Octet review - verve, imagination and jellyfish

This deft young ensemble, named after two composers, father Lennox and his son Michael, was set up to explore 20th- and 21st-century British chamber repertoire.

Rodelinda review - as restrained as it is over the top

He wrote at top speed. He improvised. He stole – from himself, from others, from all Europe.

Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Daishin Kashimoto and Konstantin Lifschitz - review

Daishin Kashimoto, a Japanese national born in London who studied at the Juilliard when barely in long trousers, started prodigiously young – he gave his first full recital aged nine and has scooped most of the world's top violin prizes.

Circa and Debussy String Quartet; Paul Bunyan - review

Photographs of Dmitri Shostakovich invariably show a face of gloom. Yet Soviet Russia's greatest composer had a wild side.

Circa and Debussy String Quartet; Paul Bunyan - review

Photographs of Dmitri Shostakovich invariably show a face of gloom. Yet Soviet Russia's greatest composer had a wild side.

Bruckner: Symphony No 9 - review

London Symphony Orchestra/Haitink (LSO Live) After nearly a decade, Bruckner was still working on his Ninth Symphony when he died in 1896. The sense of agony and struggle, especially in the massive first movement, can make this work feel relentless and e

Rigoletto - review

There is much to recommend ENO's new production of Rigoletto – not least a remarkable performance by Quinn Kelsey in the title role.

Don Giovanni; LSO/Pappano: Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No 10 - review

Just as you know the difference between Hamlet and the gravedigger from speech alone, so in Don Giovanni you can tell who's who by the music they sing.