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‘It has been difficult’: classical musicians on their Covid delivery jobs

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The arts have been one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, with many livelihoods largely destroyed the moment the prime minister advised people to stay away from venues in mid-March last year. The scale of ...

Violin Sonatas: Montgeroult, Viotti, etc review

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When men wrote the accepted history of classical music, some important women were left out. In the case of Hélène de Montgeroult (1764-1836), whose Sonata in A minor Op 2 Geen 3 gets its first recording on this intrigui...

Ligeti: Die 18 Études review

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The studies that György Ligeti composed in the last two decades of his life are the most important additions to the solo-piano repertoire in the last half-century. On their own terms, die 18 pieces the composer comple...

Czernowin: Heart Chamber review

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Though her works are still hardly known in Britain, Chaya Czernowin is a major, distinctive voice in new music on both sides of the Atlantic. Heart Chamber, first performed in Berlin in November 2019, is her fourth op...

Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No 10 resensie

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Over the last 60 years there have been at least seven completions of the symphony that Gustav Mahler left unfinished at his death in 1911. But it’s the “performing version” of the 10th by Deryck Cooke, which he worked...

‘It was airbrushed out of the canon’: finding Africa’s classical music

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While the Wigmore Hall has rightly garnered plaudits for keeping classical music alive during lockdown, another pioneering concert series has also beaten the odds with its series of online live events. The African Con...

Schulhoff: Flammen review

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Czech-born Erwin Schulhoff died of tuberculosis in a concentration camp in Bavaria in 1942; he was 48. His only opera, Flammen (Flames), had been composed between 1923 en 1929, and was first performed in Brno in 1932...

Die week in klassiek: back to Bach’s Passions with the OAE, Oxford Bach soloists and more

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After the abrupt silencing of Bach’s Passions last year – an Easter tradition that looked immutable until lockdown intruded – this year’s recovery has been little short of miraculous. Since the numerous performances w...

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire; Phantasie, etc review

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Pierrot Lunaire is one of Schoenberg’s most enduring and influential works, one of the pinnacles of modernism and musical expressionism. These 21 settings for reciter and ensemble of hallucinatory poems by Albert Gira...

Die week in klassiek: world premieres by Anna Clyne, Huw Watkins and Mark-Anthony Turnage

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Perth’s beautiful, state-of-the-art concert hall was the setting for the first of three world premieres, all by British composers, which lit up last week’s listening. Wind players of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, di...

Classical highlights: concerts and opera to watch in May

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8Bit The Royal Opera House makes a belated contribution to the last year’s proliferation of specially conceived online music-theatre pieces, with eight free to view “experimental experiences”. Among them are a guided ...

Schumann: Die klaviertrio's; Klavierkwintet; Klavierkwartet resensie

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Schumann het altesaam vier klaviertrio’s gekomponeer - die drie wat genommer is, en 'n stel van vier stukke vir viool, tjello en klavier wat as die Fantasiestücke gepubliseer is, Aan 88. Trio Wanderer se opname sluit ook in ...

The Life of Music review – pushing at the boundaries of the classical canon

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Questions thunder down on anyone who writes about music. How to describe abstract sounds in words is the first hurdle. Once every synonym for loud, soft, fast, slow has been exhausted, where next? While the story of a...

Heart & Hereafter: Songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

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“I could have recorded some Puccini or Verdi”, writes Elizabeth Llewellyn – and that would have been the obvious choice for the debut recital recording from a soprano so much at home on the operatic stage. In plaas daarvan, sh...

Brahms: Klavierkonserte nr 1 & 2 resensie

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“Met die huidige opname het ons probeer om die werke te herskep en te herstel, om die musiek skoon te maak en te ontgif ”, skryf András Schiff in die voernotas vir sy nuwe Brahms-skyf. 'Om dit te bevry van die las van die ...

Coll: Violin Concerto; Mural, etc review

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The first disc devoted exclusively to orchestral music by Francisco Coll traces a neat trajectory through his development over the last decade and a half. The earliest piece here is Coll’s opus 1, Aqua Cinerea, compos...

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