Lucas Debargue on the magical music of Miłosz Magin

The French pianist, joined by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, has recorded an album of the Polish composer, an album he’s called ‘Żal’ Lucas Debargue, who shot to fame during the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition where he took fourth prize, but totally stole the audience’s hearts, and shortly after was signed by Sony Classical. ‘Żal’ […]

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CHOPIN: Jan Lisiecki on Chopin’s Nocturnes

The Canadian pianist talks about his Polish heritage and his relationship with Chopin’s 21 miniatures Jan Lisiecki, a former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, has recorded his eighth album for Deutsche Grammophon, the complete Chopin Nocturnes (his third Chopin recording for the DG). James Jolly caught up with him by video call in Poland […]

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ANNE NAYSMITH: Concert pianist who later lived her life on the streets and became a cherished figure in Chiswick, West London

  From the archives Garry Humphreys writes: Anne Naysmith, who has died after being hit by a lorry in Chiswick High Road, west London, has no Alan Bennett to write about her, as he did for Miss Shepherd, who camped on Bennett’s front drive and is immortalised in his play The Lady in the Van. […]

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EHNES QUARTET: Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

AllMusic Review by James Manheim  [-] Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130, is textually knotty in a way that few other Beethoven works are. Beethoven originally ended the work with the radical Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, heard at the end of this program by the Ehnes Quartet. It mystified audiences, […]

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GREIG: Chasing the Butterfly: Recreating Grieg’s 1903 Recordings and Beyond, classical CD of the week

From the archives ….. Geoffrey Norris: This is a strange set, but a curiously compelling one as well. The Norwegian pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk, in collaboration with the record producer Tony Harrison, has closely – not to say obsessively – examined the acoustic recordings that his fellow countryman Grieg made of nine of his own piano […]

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RAVEL: Boléro … which recording should you buy?

Gramophone magazine write: I don’t know about you, but I love losing myself in unfamiliar urban terrain, the plan being to have no plan, walking aimlessly with a purpose, discovering new perspectives on skyscraper vistas, stumbling into a hitherto unseen street or square. Maurice Ravel’s Boléro scratches that same mesmerising itch. In our October 2010 […]

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CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION: Challenges and rewards

Under­stand­ing clas­si­cal can be dif­fi­cult and takes patience. While you may become famil­iar with a pop­u­lar track the 2nd or 3rd time you lis­ten to it, most WCM works take dozens of repeated lis­ten­ing ses­sions to acquire basic familiarity. The length of many WCM works is another issue. You can’t just spend 5 min­utes lis­ten­ing, […]

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RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé with François-Xavier Roth

The conductor explores Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and explains his novel approach to his new recording The new recording of Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé by Les Siècles, Ensemble Aedes and François-Xavier Roth was an Editor’s Choice in the June issue, with Gramophone’s Mark Pullinger particularly beguiled by their novel use of ….. Continues HERE

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MOZART. LSO Wind Ensemble play ‘Gran Partita’

Mozart’s Serenade No 10 for Winds, ‘Gran Partita’, third movement, Adagio For many, the third movement of Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’ Serenade will be forever associated with the film Amadeus, in which the rival composer Salieri is confronted by the full force of the simple genius of Mozart’s music. The London Symphony Orchestra’s Wind Ensemble released […]

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