Codebreaker (James McCarthy) & Ode to a Nightingale (Will Todd)

This is a major new addition. Codebreaker is a 55-minute piece for choir, orchestra and soprano, composed by British composer James McCarthy and premiered...

Nimrod Borenstein, Violin Concerto

Nimrod Borenstein’s Violin Concerto is a substantial work cast in four movements. It resembles the style of Prokofiev, Barber, Glass and -dare I say-...

Ali Smith, “Autumn”

It’s not easy to blur the line between dreams and illusions, but Ali Smith succeeds effortlessly. "It was the worst of times, it was...

Currentzis, Tchaikovsky Symphony 6 “Pathetique”

Currentzis seems to shock and awe with each new release. I had been eagerly anticipating this Tchaikovsky release, having been exposed to the conductor’s...

Trifonov, “Evocations”

Trifonov has already established himself as a leading pianist of our generation and this release has been met with some great reviews. What we...

Zimerman, Schubert Sonatas D959 and D960

Music review: Krystian Zimerman, Schubert Sonatas D959 D960   These are very interesting interpretations of the last two Schubert sonatas. Zimerman has always been what I'd...

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Approximately 400 thousand British, Belgian, Dutch and French soldiers were trapped in Dunkirk in May 1940. In this film we are witnessing the rescuing...

Mum, I’m back

Mum, I'm back is a 5-minute short film by Greek director Dimitris Katsimiris (his previous short-film Birthday has won a number of international awards). Tackling the...

Mahler Symphony 5 – Jansons, Bavarian RSO

BR Klassik’s output lately consists of first class performances. Like its recent Haitink Mahler 3, this Mahler 5 with the Bavarian RSO and Mariss...

Mendelssohn, Scottish & Reformation Symphonies, Manacorda

There are many things to cherish in this new recording of Mendelssohn's 3rd and 5th symphonies. The Kammerakademie Potsdam with conductor Antonello Manacorda seem...

Mahler Symphony 3 – Haitink & Bavarian RSO

This is an exceptional Mahler 3rd. Having compared a dozen CDs before writing this review, I can attest it displaces a lot of the...

Currentzis and the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award 2017

The BBC Music Magazine award for Best Opera recording has been a justifiable victory for Currentzis and his forces for their recording of Don...

Schubert Symphonies – Günter Wand

This is one of the most all-round satisfactory (digital) cycles of the Schubert symphonies. Gunter Wand has been called a master of the core German...

Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 2 and 3, Buniatishvili / Jarvi

These are heartfelt, brilliant performances of the two warhorses. The playing here is not lightweight but rather brooding, revealing the dark colours of Rachmaninov's music. Both orchestra and pianist perform the concertos impeccably.

Toni Erdmann

Instead of an ordinary review for this special film, I've decided to write just an outline to name the different reasons that make Toni Erdmann stand out as one of the best (if not the best) films of the year.

Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Underrated. Skrowaczewski was an underrated conductor in his lifetime. Yes the press would review the CDs he would release on smaller record labels but...

Igor Levit’s Variations (Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski)

Even though I had been thinking of reviewing this 3CD set, the fact that it was recently awarded the Gramophone Recording of the Year...

The Bell Jar

Title: The Bell Jar Author: Sylvia Plath Originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas If Aliens were ever to visit us (if they haven’t so far) they might...

Argerich’s Rachmaninov 3rd

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Martha Argerich (piano) Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Ricardo Chailly Released remastered for Philips 50 series (2001) I remember being a student in London and entering...

Tokyo Story

Title: Tokyo Story Director: Yasujirô Ozu Released: 1953 One of my favourite film reviewers, Dennis Schwartz claims that, “This very well might be the best film ever made.” I...