Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alexander Ekman

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Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015) / Alexander Ekman (Choreography & set designs) /  Royal Swedish Ballet / Mikael Karlsson (music)

MS Slavic 7

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Film review: MS Slavic 7 / Director: Sofia Bohdanowicz/ Released: 2019 I have nothing but praise for this contemporary...

Beethoven, Triple Concerto & Symphony 7 / Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma, Barenboim...

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Music Review: Beethoven, Triple Concerto & Symphony 7 / Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Daniel Barenboim (piano & conductor) / West-Eastern...

“1917”, Sam Mendes

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Film review: 1917 / Director: Sam Mendes / Released: 2019 1917 is one of those rare films that...

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood / Director: Quentin Tarantino / Released: 2019 That Tarantino is the creator...

Best classical music albums of 2019

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Like last year, here are my top picks for the best classical music albums released in 2019. These are presented in random...

Review: Salonen, Cello Concerto, Yo-Yo Ma, LA Philharmonic

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Review - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Cello Concerto / Yo-Yo Ma (cello) / Salonen (conductor) / LA Philharmonic / Sony Classical

Review: Alkan, Symphony for Solo Piano & Concerto for Solo Piano,...

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Music review - Alkan, Symphony for Solo Piano, Concerto for Solo Piano / Paul Wee (piano) / BIS ...

Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho

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Film review – Title: Parasite / Director: Bong Joon-Ho / Released: 2019 There seems to be something fundamentally...

Mariss Jansons Obituary: a personal note

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Mariss Jansons, a sculptor of sounds I can't, and I don’t wish to write a standard obituary for...

Review: Beethoven, Symphony 5 & 6, Janowski/WDR

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Review - Beethoven, Symphony 5 & 6, Marek Janowski/WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne / Pentatone The High Arts Review...

Review: Beethoven, Symphonies 1 & 5, Ivan Fischer / Budapest Festival...

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Review - Beethoven Symphony 1 & 5, Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Channel Classics The High Arts Review Rating: ★ ★ ★...

Beethoven, Symphony 9, Haitink / Bavarian RSO

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Music review - Beethoven, Symphony 9, Bernard Haitink / Chor & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks / Sally Matthews, soprano / Gerhild Romberger,...

Joker, Todd Phillips

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Film review - Title: Joker / Director: Todd Phillips / Released: 2019 “When Dalí and...

Album Review: Destination Rachmaninov – Arrival (Piano Concertos 1 & 3)...

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Music Review Destination Rachmaninov - Arrival (Piano Concerto 1 & 3) - Daniil Trifonov / The Philadelphia Orchestra / Yanick Nézet-Séguin /...

Beethoven, Complete Symphonies, Nelsons / Vienna Philharmonic

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Music review - Beethoven, Complete Symphonies, Andris Nelsons, Wiener Philharmoniker, Deutsche Grammophon The High Arts Review Rating: ★ ...

Beethoven, Complete Piano Concertos, Lisiecki / Academy of St. Martin in...

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There were times that I found the changes of tempo distracting, as in the Second Concerto which needed more energy and less thinking...

Beethoven & Sibelius Violin Concertos, Tetzlaff, Ticciati

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Don't get me wrong, Tetzlaff is magnificent here, but the whole release is let down at places by Ticciati's understated orchestral contribution.

Beethoven, Piano Sonatas op. 109, op. 110, op. 111, Steven Osborne

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Believe the hype and the accolades this release has received so far: this performance of the last three Beethoven sonatas is one for the ages.

Alchemy (Music by Jalbert, Stucky & Vine), Jupiter String Quartet &...

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Music Review: Alchemy / Jupiter String Quartet / Bernadette Harvey (piano) / Marquis This new release by Marquis features chamber...