BRAHMS: New release. Complete Songs, Vol 1 – Opp 32, 43, 86 and 105 review – masterful and revelatory

Over the last decade and more, no Lieder recitals have given me more intense pleasure than those by the tenor Christoph Prégardien. Though he is now in his mid 60s, and his voice has inevitably lost some of its former bloom and flexibility with age, this Brahms disc, recorded in 2020, confirms that the sheer […]

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TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No 2. Mussorgsky, CD review

Geoffrey Norris of The Daily Telegraph “Having chosen Khachaturian for their first Onyx disc last year, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits turn to more substantial music for this follow-up, with Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony, the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and the original version of Night on the Bare Mountain. […]

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COMPOSERS: What happened?

I’m building my big library of recorded music. It’s a continual process and I’ve have noticed something interesting. In classical music traditionally the library by the name of the composer – Bach, Beethoven, Delius and so on. In contrast, when it comes to non-classical we tend to file by the name of the performer – […]

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BACH: Exploring the genius of JS Bach

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood joins the Gramophone Podcast to discuss Baroque music’s greatest composer This week’s podcast is devoted to exploring the music, life and legacy of the greatest genius of Baroque music – and arguably of all music – JS Bach. Editor Martin Cullingford invited Bach specialist and Gramophone reviewer, the Royal Academy of Music’s Principal […]

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DANIEL BARENBOIM and CHRISTOPH WALTZ: In conversation

Barenboim and Waltz discuss the importance of the text in the respective creative disciplines Today’s video is a fascinating conversation between Daniel Barenboim and the actor Christoph Waltz in which they discuss the differences between the texts that they use in performance – for Barenboim the score, for Waltz the script. They also explore how […]

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ELGAR: Rediscovered

Andrew Achenbach writes: Here’s another fascinating haul of historic Elgar recordings from Somm expertly compiled and restored by Lani Spahr. The 77-minute programme is launched in delectable fashion with the first-ever appearance of the composer conducting his own Op 58 Elegy with the strings of Adrian Boult’s magnificent BBC Symphony Orchestra. The April 1933 Abbey […]

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THE PERFECTION MYTH

Imagine how it must feel to get something so right that there are no flaws, no deviation from expectations, nothing but pure unadulterated perfection. Is it even possible? Is perfection a myth? Imagine for a moment Beethoven’s original score of his magnificent 9th symphony. Here’s what it looks like: Perfection would seem to be following […]

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