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Brahms: Complete Songs Vol 1 – Opp 32, 43, 86 en 105 resensie

15 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Over the last decade and more, no Lieder recitals have given me more intense pleasure than those by the tenor Christoph Prégardien. Though he is now in his mid 60s, and his voice has inevitably lost some of its former...

The Complete Music of Anton Webern review

28 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

In the decades after the second world war it was the music of Anton Webern, rather than that of his teacher Arnold Schoenberg, that provided the starting point for the revolution launched by the composers of the Europ...

Classical comeback: the pandemic proves the need to support musicians and orchestras

12 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

In Maart 2020, live classical music and much of cultural life worldwide came to an abrupt halt overnight. Sedertdien, we have seen the gradual reopening of concert halls in all four nations of the UK, as organisers, O ...

Rossini to romcoms and Feldman to football: the best classical music and opera of 2021

20 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

I was a big fan of Pavel Kolesnikov’s recording of the Goldberg Variations, and it was a pleasure to be once again part of a reasonably big, focused Proms audience to hear him play the work, the same yet different, in ...

From wassails to Wexford: the best classical Christmas albums of 2021

11 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

As surely as the first cuckoo arrives in spring, so the first festive CD lands around mid-August. By usual standards this year’s Christmas heap is small, but quality is high. The collegiate choir offerings, thwarted b...

Alexandre Kantorow: Brahms review

74 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Laas jaar, Alexandre Kantorow released a recording including Brahms’s Piano Sonata No 2 alongside works by Bartók and Liszt, and announced himself as a Brahms interpreter of unusual insight and distinctiveness. This n...

Die week in klassiek: Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta; La traviata – review

44 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Skirts flowing, instruments held aloft, feet jingling in bell slippers, stamping heels and toes, they bounded on to the stage of Queen Elizabeth Hall with whooping calls to action. The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaj...

Liza Lim: Singing in Tongues review

70 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

The first three of Liza Lim’s five operas to date are represented in this deeply impressive collection, together with her 2005 song-cycle for soprano and 15 instruments, Mother Tongue. Only one scene from the 2000 “ri...

Martinů: Les Fresques, The Parables, Estampes review

77 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Bohuslav Martinů spent much of the last decade of his life commuting across the Atlantic, his teaching in the US interrupted with spells back in Europe, before he eventually settled first in Italy and then in Switzerl...

Il Vologeso review

84 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Niccolò Jommelli, as none but the most committed 18th-century opera nerd will be able to tell you, wrote Il Vologeso in 1766, when the 10-year-old Mozart was a year into his own composing career. That’s how come Il Vo...

Die week in klassiek: Berlynse Filharmonie/ Petrenko; Partenope by die Luzern -fees

30 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Vanjaar se lusernfees het 'mal' gekies ("gek") as tema. Dit kan enige dag die keuse wees, enige seisoen. Baie van die beste musiek, baie komponiste, sommige kunstenaars en die wêreld waarin ons leef, is 'n antwoord op die ...

On DSCH: Shostakovich and Stevenson/Igor Levit

68 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Twee jaar gelede, Igor Levit devoted a recital at the Wigmore Hall to Ronald Stevenson’s massive Passacaglia on DSCH. It was an extraordinary, unforgettable performance of one of the most singular works in the 20th-centu...

Penderecki: Complete Quartets review

61 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Krzysztof Penderecki’s four numbered string quartets do not trace the course of his creative development anything like as faithfully as, sê, the six quartets of Bartók or the five of Elliott Carter map the progress o...

Die week in klassiek: Chineke! Orchestra; Alcina – review

62 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

The audience was small but the roars of welcome for the UK’s only Black and ethnically diverse orchestra could not have been more enthusiastic. Fresh from the Edinburgh international festival – see their performance o...

John Cage: Number Pieces review

47 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Tussen 1987 en 1992, the final years of his life, John Cage composed some 40 works that he designated only by numbers, indicating the number of performers needed to realise them. They range from solos to orchestral ...

Sean Shibe: Camino

42 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

You might think you know what Spanish guitar music sounds like, and you might think it an unexpectedly middle-of-the-road choice for Sean Shibe, who has always appeared more at home in programmes that set your ears sl...

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