OPINIONS / MUSIC

BACH: The viability of his music played on OTHER instruments

Goodness where do you start! Loved the banjo BTW (I just bought a five string banjo and am enjoying it immensely though playing bluegrass and pete seger on it not Bach. Wonder if the tablature is available? Anyway: Anthony Lawrence King’s ‘Secrets of the semitones’ perhaps the finest performance I can think of of the […]

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Frederick Delius: Discography

“Delius has featured in the record catalogues since the 1920s and over the years a vast legacy of recorded music has accumulated, including many incomparable – and definitive – performances. Unfortunately the majority of those discs are currently unavailable as nowadays most record companies tend to keep even new issues in their catalogues for a […]

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Antique Stradivarius violin ‘replicated’ by radiologist

 Originally published 2011 “A Stradivarius violin has been “recreated” using an X-ray scanner normally used to detect cancers and injuries, according to researchers. The US-based group used a computerised axial tomography (CAT) scanner on the 307-year-old instrument to reveal its secrets. They then used the data recovered to build “nearly exact copies”. MORE

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SHOSTAKOVICH: The Soviet Experience, Volume 2: String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and His Contemporaries Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 Pacifica Quartet Review By Joe Milicia

The Pacifica Quartet continue their survey of the complete quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich, this time going back to the first four, dating from 1938 to 1949. As with last year’s Volume 1 (Quartets 5-8 plus one by Nikolai Miaskovsky), Cedille offers us two CDs for the price of one, with a bonus quartet by another […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

DXD Captures The Magic of Mahler; Largest DXD recording to date with Horus and Pyramix

First published in February 2014: LAWO Classics is a highly respected specialist recording label from Norway. Not to be confused with a well known audio console manufacturer, Vegard LAndaas and Thomas WOlden have just recorded their most ambitious project to date. Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by their new Chief […]

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CD Review: A Tale Of Two Sopranos

By Joel Kasow / PARIS, 8 MAY 2012 — Two recital albums on Decca have recently come our way featuring two “house”singers. Renée Fleming’s Poèmes shows off the soprano, highlighting the extraordinary vocal beauty in exotic repertoire, thus demonstrating the soprano’s eagerness to lead her fans outside the customary paths. Please click HERE to read […]

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Music for Remembrance – ‘Roderick Williams is perfect’

Poignant dignity suffuses the prayers of German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed by the Nazis in 1945. In settings by Philip Moore they become powerful testaments of faith in the darkest of times, sung brilliantly here by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, alongside Howells’s Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing and Tavener’s The Peace That Surpasseth Understanding. […]

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Concerto: The One and the Many

Acclaimed actor Simon Russell Beale is fascinated by the concerto and how the role of the soloist has evolved from baroque times to now. In this Sunday Feature (exploring the theme of this year’s Free Thinking Festival – The One and the Many), Simon explores the complex dynamics between the soloist and orchestra, drawing parallels […]

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WORTHLESS: As I look around my house and view vast number of shelves, all heaving with ‘worthless’ LPs and CDs, I can see the …..

Worthless As I look around my house and view vast number of shelves, all heaving with ‘worthless’ LPs and CDs, I can see the benefit of such an approach. You’re freer and less shackled. I sometimes think about moving house, but can’t face the prospect of shifting all those records. It’s not just a question […]

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JOHN TAVENER: His final interview

Just before his death the great maverick composer John Tavener, who played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, told Ivan Hewett how he had previously cheated death many times. “You know, my consultant keeps telling me sudden death could come at any moment,” says John Tavener with a sudden, mischievous laugh. It’s a […]

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