sat 04/07/2015

Graham Rickson

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Graham, who writes on classical music, lives in Leeds.

Articles by Graham Rickson

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, James Horner, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic

Bach to Moog: A Realisation for Electronics and Orchestra Craig Leon (Moog synthesizers and conductor), Jennifer Pike (violin), Sinfonietta Cracovia (Sony)Each new year throws up swathes of composer-...

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The Flying Dutchman, Opera North

We’ve been spoilt over the past few summers in Leeds; Opera North’s semi-staged Ring has been a triumph, and the whole cycle will be performed complete in June 2016. To fill the Town Hall in 2015 we’...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Yotam Haber, Janáček, Mahler

 Yotam Haber: Torus – Chamber Music 2007-2014 (Roven Records)Yotam Haber's We Were All is a vibrant setting of a short poem by Andrea Cohen. I first heard it while my iPod was in shuffle mode,...

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DVD: On Yer Bike - A History of Cycling on Film

If you’ve ever cycled down a potholed inner city street, dodging white vans and errant pedestrians, you’ll howl with envy at the cycling safety shorts collected in this BFI compilation. What did...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Dubois, Grieg, Martinů

 Théodore Dubois: Musique Sacrée et Symphonique, Musique de chambre (Ediciones Singulare)Théodore Dubois is the sort of figure whose grave you'd expect to stumble upon in Père Lachaise Cemetery...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Gál, Prokofiev, Raffi Besalyan

Hans Gál: Symphonies 1-4 Orchestra of the Swan/Kenneth Woods (Avie)Previously paired with those by Schumann, Hans Gál'sfour symphonies are now sensibly repackaged as a slimline two-cd set. Musicians...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bernstein, Carl Davis, Bruce Levingston

Bernstein: On The Town (2014 Broadway Production) (PS Classics)West Side Story is a masterpiece, but its earnestness can become a little overbearing, so I retain a sneaky preference for Leonard...

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DVD: Whiplash

Any parent, or anyone who's ever stood in front of a class needs to watch Whiplash. In a film brimming over with ideas, the recurring question is whether or not your pupils will ever achieve...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Nielsen, Choir of Gonville & Caius College, St Peter's Singers

 Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 6 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo (BIS)Few composers' music can blow away the cobwebs quite like that of Carl Nielsen, and David Fanning's sleeve...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Shostakovich, Henrik Schwarz

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Florilegium, dir. Ashley Solomon (Channel Classics)This is a predictably satisfying pair of discs, another outstanding set of period-instrument Brandenburgs from a crack...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Messiaen, The Knights, Jim Rattigan

Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles London Philharmonic Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach (LPO)Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie is almost a repertoire work, but performances of Des canyons aux...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Gavin Higgins

Composer Gavin Higgins and choreographer Mark Baldwin’s Dark Arteries is billed by Rambert as “the world’s first brass band dance work” and has its premiere this week at Sadler’s Wells. Higgins was...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Schubert, Sibelius, Wagner

Brahms: Complete Waltzes for Four Hands Fiametta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (ICSM Records)49 waltzes in 56 minutes? Er, yes please, if they’re this good. These ones are by Brahms, a composer who wrote...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Lutosławski, Szymanowski, Jórunn Viðar, The Revolutionary Drawing Room

Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra, Szymanowski: Three Fragments from Poems by Jan Kasprowicz Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Liebreich, with Ewa Podleś (contralto) (Accentus...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Arnold, Brahms, Bruch, Hartmann

 Malcolm Arnold: Symphonies 1-9 London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox, BBC Philharmonic/Rumon Gamba (Chandos)Malcolm Arnold's lasting reputation as a chameleonic comedian endures, though his...

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Špaček, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bělohlávek, Leeds Town Hall

You’ve booked the iconic Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and their charismatic chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek to do a whistle-stop UK tour. Hoorah. But what do you get them to play? The mind boggles...

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Albert Herring, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

A joyous and brilliantly funny take on Britten's comic opera