mon 20/10/2014

Graham Rickson

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Graham, who writes on classical music, lives in Leeds. He works in primary schools as a languages and music specialist.

Articles by Graham Rickson

Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, Poulenc, Orbert Davis

 Mahler: Symphony no 9 Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schønwandt (Challenge Classics)The halting, juddering opening of Mahler 9 is nicely characterised in this live reading. Low harp...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Adams, Haydn, Danjulo Ishizaka

 John Adams: City Noir, Saxophone Concerto St. Louis Symphony/David Robertson, with Timothy McAllister (saxophone) (Nonesuch)There's a lot going on in John Adams's City Noir. Ideas come thick...

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The Coronation of Poppea, Opera North

Tim Albery’s production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea takes plenty of liberties. There are moments when you scratch your head, quietly sigh, and think about your interval drink, or what...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Nielsen, Kristjan Järvi, Benjamin Grosvenor

 Nielsen: Symphonies 1 and 4 New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (Dacapo)Alan Gilbert tears into the opening of Nielsen 4 with some ferocity, sustaining the forward motion very nicely indeed....

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Classical CDs Weekly: Aho, Bartók, Zelenka

 Kalevi Aho: Theremin Concerto, Horn Concerto Carolina Eyck (theremin), Annu Salminen (horn), Lapland Chamber Orchestra/John Storgårds (BIS)The theremin is the only instrument untouched by its...

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La Traviata, Opera North

You’d expect a regional opera company to focus on the core repertoire in these economically challenging times. Happily, Opera North’s La traviata is a new staging and not a weary revival. Alessandro...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Gallay, Emma Johnson, Wihan Quartet

Jacques-François Gallay: Chamber music for natural horn ensemble Les Chevaliers de Saint Hubert (Resonus)Shove a funnel in one end of a length of hose pipe, and explore the quirks and thrills of the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Fuzzy, James Rhodes

 Elgar: Symphony no 1, Cockaigne Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo (BIS)No one says there's anything unusual about an orchestra in Liverpool recording Shostakovich, or a...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Grieg, Mahler, Choir of Gonville & Caius College

 Grieg: Holberg Variations 1B1/Jan Bjøranger, Christian Ihle Hadland (piano), Erlend Skomsvoll (piano) (Simax)This release has a nifty title, and contains three different performances of Grieg's...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bruckner, Unsuk Chin, Dvořák

 Bruckner: Symphony no 2 Wiener Symphoniker/Carlo Maria Giulini (Wiener Symphoniker)No apologies for reviewing a reissue, as this disc is fabulous. Originally a 1974 EMI recording, it's now...

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DVD: Frau im Mond

So much of Fritz Lang's 1929 silent film Frau im Mond rings true that you're inclined to forgive its shortcomings – notably a protracted, slow first act which takes far too long to set the plot in...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Copland, Henry Mancini, Schumann

 Copland: Appalachian Spring, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson Emma Matthews (soprano), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey (ABC Classics)If you or I were to sit at a piano keyboard and...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Louis Andriessen, Mozart, Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik

 Louis Andriessen: La Commedia – a film opera in five parts Dutch National Opera, Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw (Nonesuch)This the liveliest recording of a contemporary...

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DVD: Starred Up

Director David Mackenzie tells us in this disc’s extras that Starred Up is his first genre film, and Fox’s low-rent sleeve art suggests that this could be another dreary, thuggish Britflick. The...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Grundman, Messiaen, Aki Kuroda

 Jorge Grundman: A Mortuis Resurgere Susana Cordón (soprano), Brodsky Quartet (Chandos)Spanish composer Jorge Grundman was a vocalist and keyboard player in two bands in his teens, and he’s now...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Dutilleux, Rimsky-Korsakov, Roger Woodward

 Dutilleux: Symphony no 1, Tout un monde lontain, The Shadows of Time Xavier Phillips (cello), Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot (Seattle Symphony Media)As symphonic openings go, this has to be...

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