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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 only a few years ago. It is difficult to distinguish the...

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- Szymanowski, but still has a voice of its own. The outer...

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 the worst of times." So begins Smith's novel and we...

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 introspective rendition of the Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Surprisingly,...

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 have here is an arrangement of the Chopin concertos by...

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 call a lyrical thinker of the piano repertoire. His performances...

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 of the British troops. A nearly impossible task since they...

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 sensitive topic of (trans)gender identity, the film begins by showing...

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 Jansons could easily gain benchmark status, alongside the recordings of...

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 to have performed these works a lot. Like their instalment...