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Delius, Elgar: String Quartets CD review – zest and passion

Fiona Maddocks writes: Elgar’s only string quartet, a masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire premiered in 1918, is well established. That of his contemporary Delius, dating from a year earlier, is more of a rarity. The composer was discontented with his first (three-movement) attempt and reworked the opening movement and the wistful “Late Swallows” slow […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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