mon 02/05/2016

Classical music Reviews

Zuev, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

David Nice

It often sounds as though Richard Strauss makes the ascent of his Alpine Symphony in too many layers of clothes. Hopes were that Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra would give us...

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Piau, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset, Wigmore Hall

Alexandra Coghlan

La Follia was, as every programme note inevitably reminds us, a pop song of its day. A strutting Spanish dance, it featured in the work of over 150 composers, so catchy was its signature chord...

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Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Left, alone, Hans Abrahamsen’s new piano concerto for the left hand, swirls out of the darkness to a jagged motor rhythm. Piano and orchestra clash and interlock; you’re reminded of Prokofiev and...

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Glennie, Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Kings Place

David Nice

It is a truth not widely acknowledged in the UK as yet that Robin Ticciati's elder brother Hugo is no less fine a shaper of musical thought. He could, as his solo playing last night richly proved,...

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Atkins, SCO, Knussen, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

David Kettle

Edinburgh audiences can, it has to be said, be frustratingly unadventurous. Which no doubt accounts for the relatively light turnout for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s quietly fizzing Queen’s Hall...

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Shakespeare 400 Gala, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

David Nice

Every year is Shakespeare year in theatre, opera house and concert hall. An anniversary's best, though, for those select few galas where the mind's made flexible by constant comparison between...

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Bruckner 6, OAE, Rattle, RFH

Peter Quantrill

It’s always fun to watch the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As members of a self-governing orchestra, and often soloists in their own right, the players like to do things their way. Come the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Krenek, Schumann, Osmosis

Graham Rickson

Krenek: Piano Concertos 1-3 Mikhail Korzhev (piano), English Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Woods (Toccata Classics)Ernst Krenek? If he's remembered at all, it's for his jazzy Weimar Republic opera...

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Vavic, SCO, Bloch, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

David Kettle

It’s not the first time that young French conductor Alexandre Bloch has been in front of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra – he took them on a well-received short Scottish tour last summer. But it was...

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Brahms: A German Requiem, ENO Chorus, Wigglesworth, St George's Hanover Square

Alexandra Coghlan

There aren’t many opera choruses I’d want to hear singing Brahms’ Requiem, and still fewer I’d rush to hear. But the Olivier Award-winning ENO chorus is a different beast altogether – as responsive...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bartók, Birkin, Berlin Piano Quartet

Graham Rickson

Bartók & Folk:Complete works for male choir, interspersed with folk music Saint Ephraim Male Choir/Tamás Bubnó, Balázs Szokolay Dongó (flute, bagpipe, tárogató), Márk Bubnó (gardon) (BMC)These...

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Bruckner 8, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Peter Quantrill

Last and most imposing of Bruckner’s completed symphonies, the Eighth invites and frequently receives architectural comparisons. Such talk of pillars and cathedrals could only be wide of the mark in...

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Bach Cantatas and Magnificat, Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki, Saffron Hall

Sebastian Scotney

“The rests, the silences in Bach are never for nothing,” I once heard the Dutch cellist and baroque specialist Anner Bylsma telling a student in a masterclass. “You jump up from them, you reach...

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Bach Motets, Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki, St Giles Cripplegate

David Nice

This second concert in the Barbican residency of Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan transported us across the water from the concert hall to St Giles Cripplegate, and from the greatest of...

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Osborne, RSNO, Denève, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

“Bon soir, good evening! Nice to see you! To see you...” Four years after bidding an emotional farewell to the Usher Hall, the Gallic charmer is back, maybe slightly stouter, with a tinge of grey in...

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Hoopes, National Youth Orchestra, Järvi, RFH

David Nice

On the panel to judge a competition between 14 Dutch school orchestras in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw last month, I couldn't resist using my speech to compare their state-school provenance with our own...

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Bach B Minor Mass, Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki, Barbican

Gavin Dixon

Masaaki Suzuki’s reputation precedes him. His recordings of Bach’s choral works with Bach Collegium Japan, the group he founded in 1990, have been arguably the finest of recent decades. But visits to...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Ives, Reich, Walton

Graham Rickson

Elgar & Walton Cello Concertos Steven Isserlis (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra/Paavo Järvi (Hyperion)Anyone fearing that their Elgarian mojo might be waning should immediately obtain the BFI’s...

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Françoise-Green Piano Duo, St John's Smith Square

David Nice

Who wouldn't wish to have been a fly on the wall during those pre-recording days when composers and their friends played piano-duet arrangements of the great orchestral works? Any notion that we don'...

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Bach B Minor Mass, London Bach Singers, Feinstein Ensemble, Kings Place

Gavin Dixon

The B Minor Mass comes in many shapes and sizes. Martin Feinstein opts for a bright and bijou approach, with period instruments, one to a part, and a choir of ten. The small ensemble sometimes lacks...

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