sat 20/09/2014

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: 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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Classical CDs Weekly: Dvořák, Haydn, Janáček, Thomas Larcher

 Dvořák: Symphony no 8, Janáček: Symphonic Suite from Jenůfa Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck (Reference Recordings)Dvořák's Seventh has the Brahmsian drama, and the Ninth has the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Hartmann, Mahler, Vaughan Williams

 Hartmann – Symphonies 1-8 Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, cond Markus Stenz, James Gaffigan, Michael Schønwandt, Christoph Poppen, Osmo Vänska...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Per Nørgård, Stephen Hough, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

 Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 and 8 Vienna Philharmonic/Sakari Oramo (Dacapo)Per Nørgård's Symphony No. 1 was completed in 1955. A few years earlier, the composer had written a fan letter to the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Turina, Rorem, Rhos Male Voice Choir

 Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1, Six Friends Carolyn Enger (piano) (Naxos)The prolific Ned Rorem will be 91 this autumn. He's still an active composer, and the 33 short piano pieces collected on this...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Birtwistle, Shostakovich, ZOFO

 Harrison Birtwistle: Chamber Music (ECM)Begin with Bogenstrich – Meditations on a poem of Rilke and be surprised. At baritone Roderick Williams's effortless delivery of Rilke's "Liebeslied" and...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Elgar, Tobias Hume

 Brahms: The Violin Sonatas Corey Cerovsek (violin), Paavali Jumppanen (piano) (Milanollo)Listening to Brahms's chamber music in hefty doses is good for the soul. The symphonies and concertos...

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Götterdämmerung, Opera North

These annual treks to Leeds Town Hall on muggy June evenings have become a bit of a tradition. Going to see Opera North’s Ring feels increasingly like attending a fan convention, though instead of...

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