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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: Hugi Guðmundsson, Schubert, Les Siècles

Hugi Guðmundsson: Calm of the Deep The Hamrahlíd Choir/Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir, Nordic Affect/Guðni Franzson (Smekkleysa)Calm of the Deep introduces us to contemporary Icelandic composer Hugi...

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DVD: Around the World with Orson Welles

Orson Welles was commissioned by ITV in 1955 to make a 26-part series of travelogues. Always in search of money to fund his independent projects, he was initially enthused by the plan - though...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Smetana, Valentini

Prokofiev: Symphonies 4 (Op.47) & 5, Dreams Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kiril Karabits (Onyx)Prokofiev was adept at recycling good ideas. His Symphony No. 3 is linked thematically to the opera...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Maria Camahort Quintet

Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder Gürzenich-Orchester Köln/Markus Stenz (Hyperion)Schoenberg's vast Gurre-Lieder began life in 1900 as a modest song cycle for soprano, tenor and piano, its texts drawn from...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Nielsen, Terry Riley, Will Todd

 Nielsen: Complete Symphonies BBC Philharmonic/John Storgårds (Chandos)Recently completed Nielsen cycles by Alan Gilbert and Sakari Oramo have been released on separate discs. Chandos have...

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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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