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Graham Rickson

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

Articles by Graham Rickson

Classical CDs Weekly: Ibert, Martinů, Ravel

Ibert: Orchestral music Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)Eighty-two minutes of Jacques Ibert’s music may seem a lot to digest in one go, but this disc provides nothing but...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Krenek, Schumann, Osmosis

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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Classical CDs Weekly: Bartók, Birkin, Berlin Piano Quartet

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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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Ives, Reich, Walton

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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Classical CDs Weekly: Wim Henderickx, Mahler, Nielsen

 Wim Henderickx: Symphony No. 1 At the Edge of the World, Empty Mind, Groove! Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Edo de Waart and Martyn Brabbins (Royal Flemish Philharmonic)Elliptical sleeve notes are...

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DVD: Ken Russell - The Great Composers

The earliest film collected here, 1963’s Elgar, stands up incredibly well. Some of its quirks were imposed from above: fledgling director Ken Russell was initially employed by the BBC’s Talks...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Galilei, Scelsi, Vaughan Williams

Vincenzo Galilei: The Well-tempered Lute Žak Osmo (lute) (Hyperion)Bach's Well-tempered Clavier wasn't the first major musical work designed to demonstrate the advantages of an equitable, scientific...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Copland, Handel, Janáček

Copland: Orchestral Works 1 BBC Philharmonic/John Wilson (Chandos)There are sensational things in the first volume of John Wilson’s projected Copland series, but his disc suffers from being released...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Diana Ambache

Bach: The French Suites Peter Hill (piano) (Delphian)Start trying to explain exactly why this latest instalment in Peter Hill’s Bach series is so good and it might seem as if you’re dismissing the...

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We Made It: Horn Maker Tom Fisher

Ask anyone for the name of a violin or piano maker, and they’ll probably be able to summon up Stradivarius and Steinway. What about horns? Do concertgoers ever look closely at these instruments –...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Chagrin, Dukas, Mozart

 Francis Chagrin: Symphonies 1 and 2 BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins (Naxos)Born Alexander Pauker in Bucharest in 1906, Francis Chagrin's name change occurred after pitching up in Paris...

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DVD: Comfort and Joy

Bill Forsyth’s slice of Glasgow noir never received the praise showered upon its predecessors Local Hero and Gregory’s Girl. The bonus interviews included on this disc hint at the reasons why:...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Louis Aubert, Schubert, Claudio Abbado

Louis Aubert: Sillages, Violin Sonata etc Jean-Pierre Armengard (piano), Alessandro Fagiuoli (violin), Olivier Chauzu (piano) (Grand Piano)Louis Aubert's piano work Sillages is ranked alongside Ravel...

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DVD: Taxi Tehran

Taxi Tehran fits neatly into a recent tradition of films set entirely in cars; Jim Jarmusch’s Night On Earth comes to mind, as well as Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten. Initially we’re led to believe that we’...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Handel, Reicha, Stravinsky

Handel: Duetti e Terzetti italiani Roberto Invernizzi (soprano), La Risonanza/Fabio Bonizzoni (Glossa)Handel's brief Italian period was crucial to his musical development, lasting from 1706 to 1710,...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Martinů, Mompou

Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 5 Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Sony)Nikolaus Harnoncourt announced his retirement in December, so this live recording from May 2015 is presumably among...

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Q&A Special: Sir Mark Elder on Dvořák

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Reissue CDs Weekly: The Move, The Yardbirds

Yet more outings for essential but oft-reissued albums by two seminal Briti...

Piau, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset, Wigmore Hall

An unexpectedly lacklustre evening from Rousset and his musicians

CD: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

Crossover jazz star returns to his roots