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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: Beethoven, Martinů, Mompou

Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 5 Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Sony)Nikolaus Harnoncourt announced his retirement in December, so this live recording from May 2015 is presumably among...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Dutilleux, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Amy Dickson

Dutilleux: Le Loup, and other early works Vincent Le Texier (baritone), Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire/Pascal Rophé (BIS)Henri Dutilleux's mature orchestral output can be squeezed onto a...

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DVD: Bill

The jokes come thick and fast in this debut feature from the team behind the BBC’s Horrible Histories. Released theatrically to little fanfare last autumn, Richard Bracewell’s Bill is a delight – a...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Debussy, Tippett, Heinz Holliger

Debussy: Starry Night – Préludes Book 1 and Other Works Michael Lewin (piano) (Sono Luminus)Michael Lewin's earlier Debussy anthology was excellent, and this second volume also hits the spot. In the...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bartók, Brahms, Copland, Wien-Berlin Brass Quintet

Brahms: Violin Concerto, Bartók: Violin Concerto No 1 Janine Jansen (violin) Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano (Decca)Coupling music by...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Feldman, Nielsen, Scriabin

Feldman: For Bunita Marcus Ivan Ilić (piano) (Paraty)Exactly why Morton Feldman’s music works is a bit of a mystery; this is a musician who didn’t follow any particular school of composition, telling...

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DVD: Ration Books and Rabbit Pies - Films from the Home Front

Up to 1942, British civilian deaths outnumbered those among front line troops. Keeping the home front on side was a serious business, especially when a large chunk of the population might have been...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Silvestrov, Hideko Udagawa

 Elgar: Sea Pictures, Polonia, Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1-5 Alice Coote, Hallé/Sir Mark Elder (Hallé)“Foam-flakes cloud the hurrying blast.” Ouch. The texts chosen by Elgar for his Sea...

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Murray, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Collon, Leeds Town Hall

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s standard of playing is consistently impressive, so much so that it’s easy to forget that the ensemble is effectively reconstituted from scratch each...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Roger Doyle, Mahler, Prokofiev

Roger Doyle: Time Machine (Heresy Records)Roger Doyle’s Time Machine is a suite of 11 linked pieces, its starting point being the composer’s archiving of telephone messages recorded while living in...

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Best of 2015: Classical CDs

Does classical music still matter? Of course it does – sample any one of these ten discs and discover why. All of them are available as CDs as well as downloads – the classical CD shop may...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas CDs, Part 2

 Bach: Magnificat Dunedin Consort/John Butt (Linn)This disc's academic credentials are impeccable, but my reasons for loving it are purely musical; John Butt's Bach programme allows us to party...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas CDs, Part 1

 Hindemith: The Long Christmas Dinner American Symphony Orchestra/Leon Botstein (Bridge)Hindemith's delectable pantomime Tuttifäntchen remains one of my favourite seasonal discs, and now we have...

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Orchestra of Opera North, Farnes, Leeds Town Hall

The few ensemble lapses and moments of insecurity during the first half of this concert had nothing to do with Richard Farnes’s conducting, or with the playing of an augmented Orchestra of Opera...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Beethoven, Mosolov

Bach: Mass in B Minor Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (SDG)John Eliot Gardiner's 1985 B Minor Mass still sounds good, a perfect marriage of smart period practice and...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Schubert, Rufus Wainwright, EIO

 Schubert: Piano Music Steven Osborne (Hyperion)This is marvellous, an unexpected treat from a versatile pianist more commonly associated with 20th-century repertoire. Though Steven Osborne does...

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Wheeldon Triple Bill, Royal Ballet

New work about a 19th-century It Girl's dramatic fall sheds a welcome...

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Martinů, Mompou

A great conductor bids farewell, luminous Czech orchestral music and deep t...

The Easybeats to AC/DC: The Sound of Aussie Rock, BBC Four

The story of the band's long way to the top was engaging, but too shor...

The Odyssey, Mark Bruce Company, Circomedia, Bristol

21st-century Homer fizzes with energy, but reaches too high

CD: Jack Garratt - Phase

2016's big pop hope is sonically adventurous but vocally tiresome

Nell Gwynn, Apollo Theatre

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