sat 01/08/2015

Graham Rickson

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

Articles by Graham Rickson

Classical CDs Weekly: Steve Reich, Saint-Saëns, Cristina Pato

 Reich: Music for 18 Musicians Ensemble Signal/Brad Lubman (Harmonia Mundi)Playing Steve Reich's music demands incredible precision and accuracy. You wonder whether the ideal Reich recording...

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DVD: How to be Eccentric - The Essential Richard Massingham

Improbably described by the French archivist and critic Henri Langlois as “the greatest technician and the greatest poet of British cinema”, it seems incredible that Richard Massingham isn't better...

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Classical CDs Weekly: William Lawes, Diane Ambache, Tom Poster

 William Lawes: The Royal Consort Phantasm (Linn)“This is one of the greatest sets of instrumental dance music ever composed... on a par with Rameau's orchestral dances, even the waltzes of...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Kit Downes, The Nash Ensemble, John Potter

Kit Downes: Tricko Kit Downes (piano, organ), Lucy Railton (cello) (Coup Perdu)No sleeve notes here; just a few oblique words from polymath pianist Kit Downes on the sleeve of this engaging release...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Medtner, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky

Medtner: Piano Sonatas Alessandro Taverna (Somm)It's tempting to dismiss Nikolai Medtner without having heard a note of his music. Those who dismiss him as a less flamboyant Rachmaninov contemporary...

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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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Ripper Street, Series 3, BBC One

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Prom 19: Alina Ibragimova plays Bach

Sternly beautiful, Ibragimova's Bach is baroque at its most authentic

CD: Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots

Bristolian house don's debut has its tasty moments

Classical CDs Weekly: Steve Reich, Saint-Saëns, Cristina Pat...

A minimalist magnum opus and the grandest of French symphonies. Plus Spanis...

Bakkhai, Almeida Theatre

Ben Whishaw's ambiguous Dionysos and operatic chorus serve superb Euri...

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Fifth time around, and still nothing is impossible for Tom Cruise

Prom 17: Hallé, Elder

Valuable Proms premiere for Vaughan Williams’ equivocal vision of utopia

Bolshoi Ballet acid attack leader loses his job

Sergei Filin's contract will not be renewed, and his post abolished

Of Thee I Sing, RFH

Sound issues all but scupper period satire