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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: Dvořák, Gustavo Leguizamón, Pärt

 Dvořák: Symphony no 9, American Suite Bamberger Symphoniker/Robin Ticciati (Tudor)A quick check at one online CD retailer brings up 22 pages of New World Symphonies, and a full iTunes perusal...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Ruperto Chapí, Rossini, Walton

 Ruperto Chapí: String Quartets 1 and 2 Cuarteto Latinoamericano (Sono Luminus)Think string quartet and you tend to think Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart. Maybe Bartók and Shostakovich. But generally...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Bruckner, Stravinsky

 Brahms: Serenades Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)This delectable supplement to Chailly's Leipzig Brahms symphony cycle is predictably good. Brahms's early D minor piano concerto...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Wim Henderickx, Mahler, Roger Woodward

 Wim Henderickx: Disappearing in Light HERMESensemble/Wim Henderickx (HERMESensemble) Flemish composer Wim Henderickx's music is a bewildering mixture of influences – of Stravinsky, Bartók,...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Birkin, Weinberg

 Bach: The Six Cello Suites Viola de Hoog (Vivat)Two hours of solo instrumental music may sound daunting. Bach's six cello suites are anything but. They were composed when the cello was...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Monteverdi, Vaughan Williams, Simon Desbruslais

 Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610 The Sixteen/Harry Christophers (Coro)The first few minutes of Monteverdi's Vespers are a knockout. Rarely has one sustained chord been so fruitfully deployed, and...

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La Vida Breve/Gianni Schicchi, Opera North

The good news first: director Christopher Alden’s new production of Gianni Schicchi is quite brilliant, and one of the funniest, cleverest things you’ll see in an opera house. Puccini’s taut one-...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Nielsen, Prokofiev, Sculthorpe, Tchaikovsky

 Nielsen: Symphonies 5 and 6 New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Alan Gilbert (Dacapo)Nielsen told the press that his sixth and final symphony was “in a lighter vein than my other symphonies – there...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Strauss, Aurora Orchestra, Valerie Tryon

 Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no 1, Strauss: Burleske Valerie Tryon (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Jac van Steen (Somm)This entertaining, well-...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Jürg Frey, Janáček, Trio Mediaeval

 Jürg Frey: pianist, alone R. Andrew Lee (piano) (Irritable Hedgehog Music)The Irritable Hedgehog label's signature release is a recording of Dennis Johnson's epic piano work November, an early...

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DVD: Boyhood

Boyhood is an intimate film on an epic scale. Twelve years zoom past in 189 minutes, as we follow Mason Evans Jr.'s journey from primary school pupil to university student. That the film exists at...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Henry Mancini, Georg Breinschmid, Beethoven

 Henry Mancini: The Classic Soundtrack Collection (Sony)You get a good sense of any composer's strengths and limitations when you consume their music in box set-sized quantities. With the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Mozart, Poulenc

 Bach: St John Passion Berliner Philharmoniker, Members of the Rudfunkchors Berlin, Soloists/Sir Simon Rattle, with staging by Peter Sellars (Berliner Philharmoniker)You'd happily settle for an...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Janáček, Orff, David Childs

 Janáček: Glagolitic Mass, The Eternal Gospel Prague Philharmonic Choir, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/Tomáš Netopil (Supraphon)Lack of faith has never been an impediment to composing...

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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Wilson, Leeds Town Hall

Elgar. Hmm. Music for the home counties. Party conferences. Golf clubs, and chaps wearing tweed jackets. All wrong, of course; it’s easy to forget that this most misunderstood of composers was...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Konstantia Gourzi, Ravel, Sarah Willis

Konstantia Gourzi: Music for piano and string quartet (ECM)You rather hope you'll bump into and make the acquaintance of the Greek composer Konstantia Gourzi. And that she'll be sufficiently...

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