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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: 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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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Prokofiev, Shostakovich

 Bach: Partitas 1-6 Igor Levit (piano) (Sony)Martin Geck's sleeve essay accompanying this pair of discs is a good read, hinting at the subtleties and complexities lying just below the surface of...

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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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