mon 27/06/2016

Classical music Reviews

Classical CDs Weekly: Aukai, Mahler, Shostakovich

Graham Rickson

Aukai Markus Seiber (Aukai Music)In a week where there’s been rather too much news to get one’s head round, a spot of ambient calm is very appealing. Aukai is the pseudonym of German guitarist and ‘...

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Hallé Children’s Choir and Orchestra, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

’Tis the season for big children’s choirs to show off their end-of-season projects, and the Hallé Children’s Choir and Orchestra had something exceptional to present under Sir Mark Elder’s baton on...

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Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Aimard, Aldeburgh Festival

David Nice

"He is one of the few pianists who will not make them sound like angry birds," said young pianist-animateur Víkingur Ólafsson in Reykjavík when I told him that in little over 24 hours' time I'd be...

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Murray Perahia, Barbican

Sebastian Scotney

A couple of hours of certainty really were very welcome during referendum week, and Murray Perahia did indeed bring clarity, poise, and an unquestioned masterpiece – Beethoven's Hammerklavier...

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Cottier Chamber Project 2016, Glasgow

David Kettle

It should have been a complete disaster. Not announcing your festival’s programme until barely a week before it started ought to have guaranteed that nobody knew about it – no press, no audiences,...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Beshevli, Gershwin, Gilbert & Sullivan

Graham Rickson

Ilya Beshevli: Wanderer (Village Green)Siberian musician Ilya Beshevli's background will resonate with anyone who's resented learning an instrument. The son of a composer and a musicologist, Beshevli...

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Multi-Story Orchestra, Stark, Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

Helen Wallace

Crazy-faced space-hopper, playmobil fireman, marble run: toys from my own childhood, staring at me now from out of glass cases, alongside an 18th century marionette, thread-bare rocking horses and a...

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Illuminations, Tynan, Aurora Orchestra, Collon, Snape Maltings

Helen Wallace

Nothing galvanises an audience quite like physical risk. As soprano Sarah Tynan rose on a hoop into the darkness, intoning the final words of "Départ" from Britten's song cycle Les Illuminations, you...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Borenstein, Satie, Tchaikovsky

Graham Rickson

Nimrod Borenstein: Suspended opus 69 das freie orchester Berlin/Laércio Diniz (Solaire Records)The splendidly monikered Nimrod Borenstein’s Suspended opus 69 deserves our attention for being the...

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Matthias Goerne, Daniil Trifonov, Wigmore Hall

Alexandra Coghlan

If you needed further proof of the intelligence, the thoughtfulness of Daniil Trifonov’s musicianship, the programme for his four-concert residency at the Wigmore Hall would go a long way towards...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Alison Balsom, Steven Osborne

Graham Rickson

Bach: Goldberg Variations Bassoon Consort Frankfurt (MDG)The only performances of Bach's Goldbergs which don't hit the spot for me tend to be those played on harpsichord. Piano will always be best,...

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Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals, Philharmonia, Salonen, St John’s Smith Square

Bernard Hughes

I had been looking forward to last night's concert since it was first announced over a year ago. For a Stravinsky nut the chance to hear pieces whose live performances are vanishingly rare was not...

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CBSO, McGegan, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

“Our Shakespeare” is the name of the CBSO’s current season. They're making the same point that Ben Elton makes slightly less subtly in Upstart Crow: that Shakespeare was basically a Brummie. And by...

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Znaider, LSO, Pappano, Barbican

David Nice

Anger and fear in Elgar, introspection in middle-period Beethoven: these are undervalued qualities in each composer’s music. Yet such moods were vividly present in two hyper-nuanced interpretations...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Kenneth Hesketh, Vaughan Williams, Ensemble Pygmalion

Graham Rickson

Kenneth Hesketh: horae (pro clara) Clare Hammond (piano) (BIS)Pianist Clare Hammond writes of Liverpudlian composer Kenneth Hesketh’s ‘fierce intelligence’ in her sleeve notes. He’s not yet a...

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Cédric Tiberghien, Wigmore Hall

Gavin Dixon

This programme looked like a non-starter on paper, a long sequence of short Bartók dance settings, followed by a second half that was dominated by works for children from Bartók and Kurtág. But it...

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Prohaska, Eberle and Friends, Wigmore Hall

Sebastian Scotney

A quick plot summary might be required here, because how this programme of Schubert, Pergolesi and Webern came into being was far from obvious. Two young soloists, one a violinist in her late...

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St Ludmila, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

The Victorians liked their oratorios long and loud (most of the time), and when Dvořák wrote St Ludmila for the Leeds Festival of 1886 he got the style exactly right. Sir Mark Elder brought his and...

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Ibragimova, BBCSO, Oramo, Barbican

Gavin Dixon

Sakari Oramo devised a bold programme for the final concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra season: a new work from a young British composer, a popular but knotty violin concerto and an obscure...

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BCMG, Galbreath, Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

So this is the end of the Adrian Boult Hall, due to be demolished in a matter of weeks. And to be honest, all but the most nostalgic of Birmingham concertgoers will find it hard to mourn. It’s no...

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