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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: 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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Best of 2014: Classical CDs

Search for shops which still sell classical CDs and it’s likely that you’ll be disappointed, in the UK at least. Peruse the surviving major labels’ lists of new releases and the reissues often...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Jean Barraqué, Haydn, Mozart, Michael Tilson Thomas

 Jean Barraqué: Sonate pour piano Roger Woodward (Celestial Harmonies)An important reissue of a recording originally released in the early 1970s is made even more compelling by the booklet, in...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas CDs

 Christmas Carols from Village Green to Church Choir Vox Turturis/Andrew Gant (Signum) Vox Turturis's director Andrew Gant describes this anthology as “ a celebration... an exercise in stripping...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Christina Sandsengen

 Prokofiev: Symphonies 1 and 2, Sinfonietta Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits (Onyx)Only two of Prokofiev's seven symphonies seem to be performed with any regularity. Of the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Schumann, Strauss

Brahms: Symphonies 1-4, Piano Concertos 1 and 2, Violin Concerto Staatskapelle Dresden/Christian Thielemann with Maurizio Pollini (piano) and Lisa Batiashvili (violin) (DG)Another nicely packaged,...

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Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

Classical composers have always enjoyed depicting the implausible. Operas based on mythological subjects abound, creating near-impossible staging demands. Musical works based on science fiction are...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Arnold, Messiaen, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns

 Malcolm Arnold: Four Scottish Dances, Symphony no 3 London Philharmonic Orchestra/Malcolm Arnold (Everest)“Carefully wipe surface with soft damp cloth. Return to wrapper after each play.” So...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Hindemith, Colin Matthews, Walton, The Vocal Constructivists

 Colin Matthews: No Man's Land, Crossing the Alps, Aftertones Hallé Orchestra, Hallé Choir, Hallé Youth Choir/Nicholas Collon and Richard Wilberforce, with Ian Bostridge (tenor) and Roderick...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Barry, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Shostakovich

 Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest Soloists, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Thomas Adès (NMC)I missed the live performances of this work; being allergic to Wilde as a dramatist, I wasn...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Lutosławski, Panufnik, Strauss, Stravinsky, Varèse

 Andrzej Panufnik: String Quartets 1-3, Lutosławski: String Quartet Tippett Quartet (Naxos)Andrzej Panufnik and Witold Lutosławski were close friends, the two men famously earning a living...

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The Bartered Bride, Opera North

Groan-inducing rhymes are becoming a feature of Opera North’s autumn season. Like their Coronation of Poppea, this revival of The Bartered Bride has some cracking lines. Matching "swanky" with "...

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