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Christian Lindberg, Steppenwolf (Viola Concerto) review

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, not only focusing on technique (as many contemporary works do)...

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 deals with the relationship between Ezra, a world-renowned writer in...
Brabbins, Ferneyhough, La Terre est un Homme review

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 for the players, struggling to get the notes right and...
Vivaldi, Four Seasons, Podger

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, well-thought-out, introspective music-making of the highest order. Of course, Rachel Podger...

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 20th-century composer: think of a Shostakovich slow movement (with all...
Beethoven Missa Solemnis Suzuki BIS

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 performance among their recorded output. Even Suzuki's solo recitals (himself...
Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread film review - Daniel Day-Lewis

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 Phantom Thread you know you’re in for a treat. This...
Beethoven Perahia Moonlight Hammerklavier Sonatas

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 and the Hammerklavier I hear you ask. When it comes...
Ostlund The Square

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 this tour de force of a film. For this reason,...
Codebreaker CD cover James McCarthy

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...