mon 26/09/2016

Graham Rickson

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

Articles by Graham Rickson

Tubular Brass play Tubular Bells, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Sandy Smith’s brass band transcription of Tubular Bells is an improbable triumph. He draws heavily on composer David Bedford’s 1970s orchestral arrangement, along with Mike Oldfield’s two recorded...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Copland, Charlemagne Palestine, Lincoln Trio

Copland: Orchestral Works Volume 2 Jonathan Scott (organ),BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/John Wilson (Chandos)This disc is a welcome reminder that Aaron Copland’s populist, diatonic ballet scores only...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Michael Nyman, Stravinsky, Emily Pailthorpe

Michael Nyman and The Tempest – Prospero’s Books and Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs (MN Records)Think Michael Nyman and one inevitably thinks of the 1980s, and it’s quite possible that Nyman’s...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Alec Roth, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

 Elgar: Symphony No. 1, In the South Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano(ICA Classics)Antonio Pappano’s multi-national background might suggest that he’s the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Melartin, Rachmaninoff, Rzewski

Erkki Melartin: Traumgesicht, Marjatta, The Blue Pearl Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu, with Soile Isokoski (soprano) (Ondine)Contrary to what you might read, there wasn’t just one...

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All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge, BBC Four

The ingredients should be familiar by now. A plucky range of contestants drawn from across the geographic and social spectrum. A selection of interesting back stories. Demanding judges, their prickly...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Tommy Smith

Beethoven: Symphonies 5-8 Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra/Lan Shui (Orchid)Lively speeds which never sound hurried. Sparky, well-articulated playing, the period brass adding a distinctive colour....

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Classical CDs Weekly: Strauss, Weinberg, Rolf Lislevand

 Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis (ABC Classics)This isn’t a Heldenleben of extremes, but it’s definitely a...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Meister, Prokofiev, Uri Caine & Jenny Lin

Johann Friedrich Meister: Il giardino del piacere Ensemble Diderot/Johannes Pramsohler (dir. and baroque violin) (Audax Records)Misplaced distrust of fellow Europeans is nothing new; Reinhard Goebel’...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Butterworth, Liszt, Nielsen

Butterworth: Orchestral Works BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Kriss Russman, with James Rutherford (baritone) (BIS)George Butterworth died 100 years ago this week. His surviving orchestral music isn’...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Graeme Koehne, Schubert

Bach: Keyboard Concertos Andrea Bacchetti/Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (Sony)My only niggle with this invigorating set is that we don’t get all seven of Bach’s keyboard concertos. Having...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bruckner, Mahler, Nielsen, Schnittke

Bruckner: Mass No. 3 in F minor Soloists, Bavarian Radio Choir, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Robin Ticciati (Tudor)Good Bruckner recordings aren’t just the preserve of elderly conductors. Robin...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Haydn, Ligeti, Smaro Gregoriadou

Elgar orch. Donald Fraser: Piano Quintet, Sea Pictures English Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Rodolfus Choir/Kenneth Woods (Avie)Donald Fraser's orchestration of Elgar's expansive...

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Classical CDs Weekly: MacMillan, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky

James MacMillan: Since it was the day of Preparation Hebrides Ensemble/William Conway, with Brindley Sherratt (bass), Synergy Vocals (Delphian)A follow-up to James MacMillan's St John Passion, Since...

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DVD: Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!’s shortcomings are easily forgiven. You could complain that the multiple plotlines aren’t given enough time to breathe, or that the deeper issues rumbling beneath the film’s frothy...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Scriabin, Stockhausen, Choir of King's College Aberdeen, Radek Baborák

Scriabin and Stockhausen: Light Vanessa Benelli Mosell (Decca)Scriabin and Stockhausen are both associated with excess, so it's pleasing to report that Vanessa Benelli Mosell's second Decca disc goes...

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