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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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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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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Top 10 song-cycles (with piano)

Beethoven may have invented the song-cycle but Schubert raised it to extraordinary heights of expression and beauty Beethoven, with his An die ferne Geliebte, may have invented the concept of the song-cycle (a group of songs linked by a theme, and usually a poet, that are performed as a sequence without a break), but the […]

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The changing status of composers today

The Oscar-nominated composer on his new ballet, and life as ‘a pencil for hire’ Most of my working life as a composer has been spent as what the late James Horner captured in the phrase ‘a pencil for hire’, creating music on demand for drama in film, TV, and theatre. At the least, we pencils […]

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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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