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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OPINIONS / MUSIC

What are the most controversial pieces of classical music?

Harrison Boyle (composer) replies …… In terms of music as music – apart from some of the social/political afflatus mentioned in the answers so far – the major candidates for controversial in terms of the actual notes (or absence thereof) are probably, from oldest to most recent: Stravinsky Rite of Spring Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire George […]

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Christianne Stotijn. Songs by Berg, Schubert and Wolf. Christianne Stotijn/Joseph Breinl: Onyx ONYX 4009

Christopher Breunig This collection of songs about dreams and fantasies has been sitting in the equivalent of my ‘in tray’ for far too long, I discover! The Delft-born mezzo has been coached by Jard van Nes and Dame Janet Baker, and was chosen by Haitink for his Mahler ‘Resurrection’ performance at this year’s Proms and […]

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SUCCESS: The liquid in my case produce a slight fizzing sensation which was in no way uncomfortable

Michael Vronsky writes: Who’s leg? Hmm. Even as I write this I sense a few of you out there might feel I’m pulling your leg re this. I assure you – I’m not.This first tuning tip is without doubt the most cost-effective I have ever encountered. I used a few drops (exactly as directed) of […]

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AMERICAN SYMPHONY RECORDINGS

In addition to the interesting and sometimes surprising recommendations (Gramophone December 2012) of Peter Dickinson, who is assuredly an expert on American music , I wish to add a few.  Randall Thompson’s Second Symphony (1931), quintessentially American in its rhythms, is best represented by Leonard Bernstein’s Sony recording 60594. On the same recording, with the New York Philharmonic, in the Bernstein […]

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PAVAROTTI: His greatest recordings?

An unmistakeable voice, thrilling for its purity and power – here are just a few of Luciano Pavarotti’s finest recordings This article includes links to reviews in the Gramophone Reviews Database, which contains more than 45,000 reviews. To find out more about subscribing to the database, please visit: gramophone.co.uk/subscribe Continues HERE

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MOZART: Piotr Anderszewski / Chamber Orchestra of Europe Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 27 – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Among the hundreds of recordings of late Mozart piano concertos on the market, including many of this particular pairing, this one of Poland’s Piotr Anderszewski at the keyboard and conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is a major standout. Though played on a modern piano, it brings together several trends that have lately been explored […]

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FANCY A SYMPHONY – or even two? Here’s top 10 according to Gramophone magazine

A brief history of the symphony The symphony first appeared on programmes – inevitably in aristocratic settings – during the early years of the 18th century, often a natural development from the Italian overture (which usually comprised three movements). By the 1770s, the four-movement form we usually think of was established and one of its […]

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