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Tim Ashley

Anna Nicole review a scabrous tale of sex, money and ambition

Richard Joness revival is well done, but time has not been kind to this operatic life of the model and actor Anna Nicole Smith.

Spohr: Die Letzten Dinge CD review fine singing from the Salzburg Bach Choir

Matthews/Goeldner/Ovenden/Foster-Williams/Salzburg Bach Choir and Mozarteum Orchestra/Bolton(Oehms)The 19th century regarded Louis Spohr (1784-1859) as one of its great composers, and Die Letzten Dinge (1826) was popular and influential in its time. The t

Boris Tchaikovsky: Piano Quintet; The War Suite CD review a remarkable work

Solovieva/Anisimov/Vanbrugh Quartet(Naxos)No relation of his famous namesake, Boris Tchaikovsky (1925-1996) was a younger contemporary of Shostakovich, who much admired his chamber music. Tchaikovskys 1962 Piano Quintet is in many ways a remarkable work:

Jommelli: Tirsi (Soprano Cantatas) CD review gleaming tone

Arias Fernández/Stile Galante/Aresi(Pan Classics)This year marks the tercentenary of the birth of Neapolitan composer Niccolò Jommelli, best known for a series of operas that make such fearsome demands on their performers that their outings are few and

Brahms: Romanzen aus L Tiecks Magelone CD review emotionally detailed

Maltman/Johnson(Hyperion)Forming volume five of Hyperions Brahms edition, Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnsons recording of the Magelone Romances is also this once-rare works second outing on disc this year and, as with its predecessor from Daniel Beh

Strauss: Josephslegende CD review beautifully performed rarity

Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score.

Prom 66: St Matthew Passion review astonishing immediacy

Transplanted from its Berlin home, Peter Sellars' staging of Bach's oratorio was less immersive but remained undeniably powerful.

Prom 60: RPO/Dutoit review aplomb and bags of panache

Royal Albert Hall, LondonIt was hard to imagine Respighi's Roman trilogy done betterCharles Dutoit, principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has long been an advocate of Respighi's so-called Roman trilogy, his sequence of symphonic poems c

Prom 57 review Daniel Harding's debut makes too much of Mahler

A rushed performance of Mahler's Second Symphony found neither Harding nor the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at their best"It is an enormous piece and it makes a lot of noise," is how conductor Daniel Harding, not without humour, describes Mahler's "Re

Prom 56: LPO/Jurowski review cosmic in scope and intention

Royal Albert Hall, LondonVladimir Jurowski made the most familiar of scores sound fresh, and Holst's The Planets was particularly excitingThe London Philharmonic's Prom with Vladimir Jurowski was nothing if not cosmic in scope and intention. The programme