Christian Lindberg, Steppenwolf

It's no surprise that this disc is immediately accessible and a joy to listen to. Lindberg's own compositions have always been a rewarding experience,...

Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry

A lot has been written about this book. Its title is Asymmetry, and this applies to its structure, content and meaning. The first part...

Brabbins, Ferneyhough, La Terre est un Homme

OK, this is as complex as it gets: Ferneyhough's La Terre est un Homme. It seems like a nightmare trying to imagine the rehearsals...

Podger, Vivaldi Four Seasons

This is not yet another recording of the Four Seasons. More importantly, this is not your standard historically informed account. This is fresh, insightful,...

Lindberg, Pettersson Symphony 5 & 7

The 16 symphonies of Allan Pettersson have often been described as music of pain, anguish, and sadness. They are unlike those of any other...

Suzuki, Beethoven “Missa Solemnis”

The expectations run high when there is a new Suzuki release with his Bach Collegium Japan. It is really hard to find a weak...

P. T. Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

  Title: Phantom Thread Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Released: 2018   Film Review: Phantom Thread Paul Thomas Anderson at his most emotional. Within minutes of witnessing Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting in the...

Perahia, Beethoven Sonatas Moonlight & Hammerklavier

This has been an anticipated release. Perahia recording two of the most famous Beethoven piano sonatas. Do we need another recording of the Moonlight...

Ruben Östlund, “The Square”

Title: The Square Director: Ruben Östlund Released: 2017 The Square is much better than the average cinemagoer wants you to believe. A lot has been already written about...

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...