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Elgar and Roderick Williams: conjoined meditations on Death

Elgar and Roderick Williams: conjoined meditations on Death

R. Williams, Elgar Daniel Norman (tenor, Gerontius); Jennifer Johnston (soprano, Angel); Roderick Williams (baritone, Angel of the Agony); The Bach Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra / David Hill (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 16.05.2024 Roderick Williams Cusp (World Premiere) Elgar The Dream of Gerontius The Dream of Gerontius is one of Elgar’s supreme masterpieces, and a cornerstone …

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Unimaginative Dutilleux lacks atmosphere and allure

Unimaginative Dutilleux lacks atmosphere and allure

I had high hopes for this release. I love these 3 masterpieces from Dutilleux‘s first creative period, and to have them all on one CD (over 78 minutes of music) is very enticing. They are ingeniously scored with countless orchestral effects (especially in the strings), imaginatively exploiting all the color and atmosphere available from every …

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Lalo and (Enrique) Casals Cello Concertos

Lalo and (Enrique) Casals Cello Concertos

Although we perviously carried a release announcement of this release, it is perhaps good to have a more in-depth look (and listen!). The performance of the Lalo Cello Concerto in D-Minor celebrated his 200th birth anniversary in 2023 (his dates are 1823-92). It is a fascinating piece, full of folkloristic influences alongside those of Beethoven …

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Combining disparate sounds with a bit of magic: Michel Godard and serpent in Göttingen

Combining disparate sounds with a bit of magic: Michel Godard and serpent in Göttingen

Atsushi Sakai (viola da gamba) and Bruno Helstroffer (theorbo) at PS.Halle, Einbeck Light the earth: Incantation: Handel, Jean de la Fontaine, Michel Lambert, Sieur de Saint Colombe, Marin Marais, Michel Godard; Michel Godard, Antje Rux, Airelle Besson, Atsushi Sakai, Bruno Helstroffer; Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen at PS. Halle, EinbeckReviewed 14 May 2024 The somewhat unlikely …

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Out of the Shadows: An evening of music by Brixton-based contemporary classical composer Robert Hugill

Out of the Shadows: An evening of music by Brixton-based contemporary classical composer Robert Hugill

As part of 96 Festival, Omnibus Theatre, Clapham’s celebration of queerness and theatre, on 16 June 2024, tenor Ben Vonberg-Clark, baritone Jonathan Eyers and pianist Nigel Foster will be performing Out of the Shadows, featuring two of Robert Hugill’s recent cantatas and love songs. On Friday 5 July 2024, the programme will be presented at …

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More Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in the rare 1872 version

More Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in the rare 1872 version

Until now, if one comes across Bruckner’s Second Symphony – a less likely scenario than encountering No. 3 – it would be in the 1877 version. Here is the 1872 score, almost unperformed but heard here in a fine performance. Bruckner scholar William Carragan edited this score, and it is heard in a most persuasive …

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Göttingen 1853: Johannes Brahms & Joseph Joachim, a meeting of musical minds evoked

Göttingen 1853: Johannes Brahms & Joseph Joachim, a meeting of musical minds evoked

Aula of Georg-August Universität, Göttingen  (Photo: Stefan Flöper / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0) Bach, Joachim, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven;  Shunske Sato, Shuann Chai, Wolfgang Sandberger; Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen at Aula of Georg-August UniversitätReviewed 13 May 2024 Brahms and Joseph Joachim spent a musical Summer together in 1853 in Göttingen and this event imaginatively evoked the music …

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Many trees, not so much wood: Klaus Mäkelä conducts Bruckner

Many trees, not so much wood: Klaus Mäkelä conducts Bruckner

Bruckner Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Klaus Mäkelä. Kulturpalast, Dresden, 10.05.2024  Symphony No 5 (1875/76; 1878 version, ed. Leopold Nowak, Third Revised Edition of 2005)  Klaus Mäkelä’s career is in stratospheric mode. He takes over the helm of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2027 as the orchestra’s eighth Principal Conductor; he already has his hands full with …

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Pianist Francesco Piemontesi impresses in Dresden

Pianist Francesco Piemontesi impresses in Dresden

Beethoven, Debussy Francesco Piemotesi (piano). Palais im Grossen Garten, Dresden, 11.05.2024 Beethoven Piano Sonatas: No. 21 in C, Op. 54, ‘Waldstein’; No. 30 in E, Op. 109  Debussy Préludes, Book II, L 131  The title for this year’s Dresden Festival is ‘Horizons’: as Jan Vogler, the director of the 47th festival says, … far too …

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Quite a Summer: Tom Fetherstonhaugh and Fantasia Orchestra have three festival debuts including the BBC Proms

Quite a Summer: Tom Fetherstonhaugh and Fantasia Orchestra have three festival debuts including the BBC Proms

Jess Gillam, Tom Fetherstonhaugh & Fantasia Orchestra in rehearsal  (Photo: Fantasia Orchestra) Tom Fetherstonhaugh and Fantasia Orchestra are having quite a Summer with debuts at the BBC Proms, Northern Aldborough Festival and Ryedale Festival, along with other appearances which will be keeping the orchestra busy. The orchestra describes itself as a community of friends and …

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