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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: 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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Classical CDs Weekly: Bernstein, Donizetti, Stravinsky

 Bernstein: West Side Story Alexandra Silber, Cheyenne Jackson, San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas (SFS Media)Bernstein's West Side Story has been patchily served on disc. The original...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Walton, Roman Mints

 Khachaturian: Violin Concerto, Shostakovich: String Quartets 7 and 8 James Ehnes (violin), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Mark Wigglesworth, Ehnes Quartet (Onyx)Moving from Khachaturian's breezy...

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Classical CDs Weekly: John Adams, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Malcolm Williamson

 Brahms: String Quintets and Sextets Alexander String Quartet, with Toby Appel (viola) and David Requiro (cello) (Foghorn Classics)Brahms's music is usually at its best, its most bucolic, when...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Britten, Debussy, Schumann, Weinberg

 Britten, Weinberg: Violin Concertos Linus Roth, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/Mihkel Kütson (Challenge Classics)“I am a pupil of Shostakovich. Although I have never had lessons from him...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Tigran Mansurian, Sibelius, Louis Schwizgebel

 Tigran Mansurian: Quasi parlando Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Anja Lechner (cello), Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida Thompson (ECM)Wolfgang Sandner's sleeve notes rightly mention the “extreme...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Cage, Madetoja, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Scarlatti

 Madetoja: Symphonies 1&3, Okon Fuoko Suite Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds (Ondine)The first movement of Leevi Madetoja's Symphony no 1 approaches perfection. The opening...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Hindemith, Charles Ives, Erkki-Sven Tüür

 Miraculous Metamorphoses: Music by Hindemith, Prokofiev and Bartók Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern (Reference Recordings)There's still some debate about the proper title for what's usually...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Arensky, Mahler, Sonic Philosophy

 Arensky: Piano Trios Leonore Piano Trio (Hyperion)Lesser-known composers are often defined in relation to their better-known contemporaries. Anton Arensky (1861-1906) tends to be associated...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Britten, Poulenc, Peter Whelan

 Britten to America – music for radio and theatre Hallé/Sir Mark Elder, Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore Samuel West (narrator) (NMC)The official catalogue of Britten’s music currently runs to 1183...

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