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Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American in Paris review efficient but lacking glitz

This varied collection of Americana is taken from concerts given by the Seattle Symphony orchestra under its music director Ludovic Morlot since 2011.

Tingvall Trio: Beat review lively but formulaic pop-jazz

(Skip Records)With their 2012 album Vagen, this internationally popular piano trio led by Swedish composer Martin Tingvall suggested that a genuinely interesting spin on the legacy of fellow-Swede Esbjörn Svensson was on the cards. But Beat feels like a

Nørgård: Symphonies Nos 1 and 8 review old and new works juxtaposed

Vienna PO/Oramo(Da Capo)More than half a century separates Per Nørgård's First Symphony from his Eighth, which was first performed in 2012, the year of his 80th birthday; the BBC Symphony gave it a UK premiere last year. While the two works are recogn

Buxtehude: Sacred Concertos, Arias and Cantatas review tightly sprung choral works

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus/Koopman(Challenge Classics)Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus have almost reached the end of their project to record all the works of Dietrich Buxtehude, which they began in 2005. This is volu

Prom 36: BBCSO/Oramo review William Alwyn's First Symphony fails to convince

Royal Albert Hall, LondonSakari Oramo and the BBCSO did their best, but there is a reason why Alwyn's First bombed on its 1950 premiere Blog: Tom Service on Alwyn's First SymphonyThe centrepiece of Sakari Oramo's second Prom with the BBC Symphony Orchestr

Eve according to Christos Tsiolkas

The author of The Slap and Barracuda is delighted that a short story he wrote for the Edinburgh book festival has been described as 'feminist'.

Mariinsky Ballet mixed programme review the best of the season so far

Royal Opera House, LondonGolovine's original stage designs, Technicolor playing from the orchestra and the ardent energy of the corps brought this Firebird to flaming fruitionMost western productions of The Firebird come with the designs that Diaghilev co

Merchandise: After the End review crisp, sparkling pop with lofty ideals

(4AD)In 2011, musing on how his former peers on the Tampa Bay hardcore scene might view the forthcoming Merchandise album, Children of Desire, frontman Carson Cox was not wildly optimistic. "The punks," he told one journalist, "will probably hate it."Merc

Am-dram, thank you ma'am: the rise of good-bad theatre

Current shows The Importance of Being Earnest and The Play That Goes Wrong use the conceit of provincial players biting off more than they can chew.

Am-dram, thank you ma'am: the rise of good-bad theatre

Current shows The Importance of Being Earnest and The Play That Goes Wrong use the conceit of provincial players biting off more than they can chew.