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Randall Goosby: Wortels hersiening

429 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Roots is the debut solo disc from the young American violinist Randall Goosby. Dit neem 'n kort, maar bevestigende blik op swart Amerikaanse klassieke musiek, draai 'n paar skraal maar die moeite werd juwele op. What it’s not is a prog...

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...

Die week in klassiek: Falstaff; Hallé; Leipzig BachFest; Dunster festival – review

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A defining feature of Grange Park Opera – not the only one, and not typical of opera companies – is a sense of humour. The Surrey-based festival treats its central endeavour – the work it makes on stage or, in this pa...

‘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...

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...

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...

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

117 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

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 ...

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...

Alexandre Kantorow: Brahms review

101 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...

Roderick Williams and Andrew West: Birdsong review

95 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Birdsong, or … songs for birds. There are two threads running through this recital recording from the baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West. One is that their programme is punctuated by songs about nighti...

Czernowin: Heart Chamber review

93 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

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...

Die week in klassiek: Houses Slide; Manchester Collective x Edmund Finnis; Elias String Quartet

93 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

In a week of flash floods, the world premiere of Houses Slide was all too timely. Who doesn’t currently feel they might be atop a crumbling cliff, metaphorical or otherwise. The composer Laura Bowler and librettist Co...

Chopin: Complete Nocturnes review

91 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Chopin composed 21 nocturnes, 18 of which were published during his lifetime. They span almost his entire creative career – the earliest were written in the late 1820s, when the composer was still in his teens, the la...

Brahms: Klavierkonserte nr 1 & 2 resensie

89 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

“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 ...

On DSCH: Shostakovich and Stevenson/Igor Levit

89 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...

Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No 10 resensie

87 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

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...

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