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Tim Ashley

Prokofiev: Symphonies 3 and 7 review 'Terrifying yet detailed'

Kirill Karabits's Prokofiev cycle promises to be a major reappraisal if its first instalment is anything to go by.

David: Lalla Roukh review 'Supremely elegant lead performance'

Provençal composer Félicien David (1810-76) is best known as a purveyor of fashionable operatic orientalism to the second empire, and Lalla Roukh (1862) was a big hit in its day.

Graun: Easter Oratorio review 'The challenges are variably met'

Carl Heinrich Graun (1703-57) is best known for a number of operas written late in his career when he was court composer to Frederick the Great of Prussia.

Catalani: Ero e Leandro; Contemplazione; Il Mattino; Scherzo review - Thrillingly intense

Rome Symphony/Francesco La Vecchia (NAXOS) Outside his native Italy, Alfredo Catalani (1854-93) is known solely for his 1892 opera La Wally. Anyone who has fallen under its spell has doubtless wondered what the rest of his music is like, and thanks to t

Handel's Rodelinda review: wit and musicality at the Coliseum

Richard Jones probes Handel's political drama with great intelligence, and musically it is tremendous, with countertenors Iestyn Davies and Christopher Ainslie, particularly, breathtaking.

Total Immersion: Thea Musgrave - review

Barbican, London The BBC's three concerts devoted to Thea Musgrave emphasised concepts of narrative, conflict and action in her work Thea Musgrave 's output is much concerned with what she has called the search for "vivid dramatic forms for abstract m

King Priam - review

English Touring Opera's staging is hindered by practical constraints, but that doesn't diminish compelling performances.

Laurent Korcia: Mister Paganini - review

Korcia/Ueda/Orchestre de Chambre de Paris/Kantorow (Na

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Iestyn Davies: Your Tuneful Voice - review

Your Tuneful Voice, Iestyn Davies 's first album for the new Vivat label, is a recital of alto arias from Handel 's English oratorios, sung with quite astonishing beauty.