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Graham Rickson

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Graham, who writes on classical music, lives in Leeds. He works in primary schools as a languages and music specialist.

Articles by Graham Rickson

DVD: That Sinking Feeling

That Bill Forsyth’s 1979 debut feature is so polished shouldn’t be a surprise; he’d been working on documentaries and short films since the 1960s. Several of these are included as generous bonuses on...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Prokofiev, Schnittke

 Bach: St John Passion Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr (AAM)The dissonant oboe suspensions at the start of Bach's St John Passion have a sharp, potent sting here, compelling you to sit up...

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Pascal and Ami Rogé, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Grand Theatre

For record collectors of a certain age, Pascal Rogé is Mr French Piano Music; if you’re looking for decent recordings of Ravel, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns and Debussy, he’s the man. Hearing him perform...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Kletzki, Schumann, Szymanowski, Ji Liu

 Brahms and Schumann: Piano Quintets Alexander String Quartet, Joyce Yang (piano) (Foghorn Classics)Schumann was the first major composer to pair solo piano with string quartet. His 1842 quintet...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Bloch, Stravinsky

 Beethoven: Piano Concertos 2 and 4 Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Leif Ove Andsnes (piano and director) (Sony)You know that this will be good after just a few seconds; Beethoven's comically strait-...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Schubert, Zemlinsky

 Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1-5 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda (Chandos)Two of Prokofiev's five piano concertos are so well-embedded in the repertoire that they tend to...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Alwyn, Sibelius, Tenebrae

 William Alwyn: Piano Music Mark Bebbington (Somm)William Alwyn was a Suffolk-based composer who died in 1985. He dabbled in painting and writing, and held the post of Professor of Composition...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Haydn, Weinberg, Battle for Music

 Haydn: Nelson Mass, Symphony no 102 Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman (Linn)In a week bristling with geo-political tension, we need Haydn's "Mass for Troubled Times" more than ever. Here, Boston...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Dukas, Peter Fribbins, Monteverdi

 Dukas: L'Apprenti sorcier, Velléda, Polyeucte Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth (Musicales Actes Sud)Some artists are so prolific that sorting the wheat from the chaff is an impossible task....

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Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Poulenc, Les Vents Français

 Beethoven: The Symphonies (And Reflections by Kancheli, Mochizuki, Šerkšnytė, Shchedrin, Staud, Widmann) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons (BR Klassik)When you've a full size...

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Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bloch, The Sage Gateshead

"The Sage Gateshead is in the top five best concert halls in the world." So thinks Lorin Maazel, and he should know. Attending concerts here is a real pleasure. The audiences are unfailingly friendly...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Adams, Bach, Brahms

John Adams: Harmonielehre, Doctor Atomic Symphony, Short Ride in a Fast Machine Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Peter Oundjian (Chandos)Harmonielehre's opening E minor chords ring out with unusual...

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Macbeth, Opera North

The colours! Or the lack of them; Johan Engels’s neat, versatile set is decked out in 50 shades of black and grey. As are most of the cast, meaning that you begin to feel that you’re watching a...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, New Year's Day Concert, Bjarte Eike

 Mahler: Symphonies 1-3 Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel (Signum)These are expansive, weighty performances, but they work. Mostly. Listening to this first instalment of Lorin Maazel's latest...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Roxanna Panufnik, Penderecki, eX

 Roxanna Panufnik: Tallinn Mass - Dance of Life Patricia Rozario, Jaak Johanson, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Mihhail Gerts (Warner)Roxanna Panufnik's Tallinn Mass is an occasional piece, written...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Delius, Hindemith, Holst, Claudia Corona

 Holst: The Hymn of Jesus, Delius: Sea Drift, Cynara Roderick Williams (baritone), Hallé Choir, Hallé Youth Choir, Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder (Hallé)Surprising musical effects are often...

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