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A prolific composer, with compositions for many genres and for amateurs and professionals alike, Edward Gregson, born in 1945, has also carved an influential niche for himself as a composition...
If I was asked to summarise succinctly my reaction to this DVD, the response would have to be: “fascination and frustration”.The former lies with the opportunity to observe Boulez at...
With this substantial set, Nonesuch salutes American-born Frederic Rzewski in a considerable manner; these piano works were composed between 1975 and 1999. Following comparatively conventional study (including periods with Roger...
While there is never any suggestion that Dvořák isn’t one of the most popular of composers, his reputation tends to rest on the last three symphonies, the cello concerto, Slavonic...
Put simply, André Previn’s concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter is a thoroughly lovely work that is beautifully crafted and invites repeated listening. One can assume that this purportedly live performance (before...
New horizons indeed! This is an excellent CD of very enjoyable piano music that will appeal to anyone with a taste for Debussy’s and Ravel’s keyboard works, not to mention...
2003 is Arnold Bax’s year. He died fifty years ago and therefore we have a hook to hang his composing hat on. Yet, as his followers will testify, Bax’s music...
Ned Rorem turned 80 just a few days ago on 23 October 2003. Leonard Bernstein would have been 85 this August. The two are linked here not just through splendid...
Christian Thielemann prefers antiphonal violins, cellos left-centre, double basses behind them – the positioning that Richard Strauss would have written for, and which is here explicitly recorded. In many ways...
A neat idea persuasively carried through. The first CD is a workshop; the sketches and fully composed parts that Bruckner left for the ultimately unfinished finale of his Ninth Symphony...
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