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Rising Stars
Born: Ljubljana, Slovenia Career highlight(s): For me, it’s been performing in venues such as the Musikverein, Walt Disney Hall, Konserthuset and Shanghai National Theatre, while also seeing my ideas for EuroStrings and the Virtual Guitar Orchestra
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This Musical Journey Is Ravishing And Revelatory
M-A Charpentier: Mass for Four Choirs, etc; plus works by Benevoli, Beretta, Cavalli, Cazzati, Giamberti and Merula Ensemble Correspondances/Sébastian Daucé Harmonia Mundi HMM 902640 74:45 mins ‘Go to Italy; that is the true source’ – so Charpentie
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Back To Basics
Rob Barron (piano); Jeremy Brown (bass); Josh Morrison (drums) Ubuntu UBU0064) The repertoire of most young/youngish jazz musicians these days consists almost exclusively of their own original compositions. This is entirely commendable, but I somet
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Frauenliebe und -leben Robert Schumann
‘Since first seeing him, I think I am blind, Wherever I look, Him only I see’. These besotted words open Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben, regarded as one of his great song cycles alongside Dichterliebe and the Eichendorff-Liederkreis. This c
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A Delightful Set Of Little-known Treasures
Fragments from Hans Andersen; 12 Studies, Op. 46; Concert Studies Nos 1 & 2 Nicolas Namoradze (piano) Hyperion CDA68303 66:32 mins Praised by Saint-Saëns as ‘the most remarkable of the young British composers,’ York Bowen (1884-1961) has all the sam
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Our Choices
While editing Sophy Roberts’s wonderful piece on Siberian pianos (see p44), I was reminded of the time some years back when I listened to Borodin’s evocative tone poem In the Steppes of Central Asia while travelling on the Trans-Mongolian railway. In
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Background To…
An award-winning composer, conductor and pianist, David Gompper has enjoyed a global career that has seen him make music in the UK, Russia, Nigeria and across the United States. Born in South Carolina, he studied at the Royal College of Music and fou
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A Memorabilia Occasion
It’s that moment on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow that we all wait for. After the expert has inspected and appraised the ornate vase, Victorian brooch or Chinese gong in front of them, at last comes the revelation of – expectant pause – how much it’s worth
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Need To Know
Which features? Make a checklist of the features you need, such as DAB radio, Bluetooth or headphone output; but be warned, if it’s cheap and bursting with hi-tech features, sound quality may well be an afterthought. Look for products that do the bas
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Brief Notes
JS Bach Goldberg Variations Marcin Swiatkiewicz (piano) Rubicon RCD1064 These Goldbergs are full of energy and spontaneity. Swiatkiewicz’s frequent use of the 16-foot stop lends many of the variations a magnificent Thuringian heft. (OC) ★★★★ Brahms H
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The Month In Numbers
5 …more years of fresh Rocky mountain air, as conductor Sir Donald Runnicles (above) extends his contract at the Grand Teton Music Festival. 94 …per cent of adults in the UK say they would consider going to an orchestral concert, says a Royal Philha
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VERDI Life&Times
LIFE: Verdi is born in Le Roncole near Parma, the first child of Carlo, an innkeeper, and Luigia, a spinner. He takes organ lessons as a child. TIMES: Under the Duke of Wellington, a British, Spanish and Portuguese army defeats Joseph Bonaparte’s Fre
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Welcome
As I cast my eye over what follows in the reviews section this month, I notice a distinctly British and American roster of composers. From the US we have works by the likes of Caroline Shaw, David Gompper, Jennifer Higdon and Joseph C Phillips, while
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Books
Graham O’Reilly Boydell Press 392pp (hb) £45 Sometimes quite famous works have a dubious status. ‘Albinoni’s’ Adagio for example was fabricated from fragments by Remo Giazotti c1900, ‘Bach’s’ Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 585) is probably by s
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Barbizet, Bruckner And Other Delights
Pianist Pierre Barbizet brought great character and integrity to his performances, perhaps most notably with the violinist Christian Ferras. That pairing looms large in The Complete Erato & HMV Recordings (Erato 9029518762), a 14-disc set which shine
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Instrumental
6 Partitas, BWV 825-830 Asako Ogawa (harpsichord) First Hand Records FHR92 150:30 mins (2 discs) Asako Ogawa is a noted soloist and continuo player, and is also a Baroque coach at the Guildhall; the people she has studied with include Laurence Cu
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BBC Music Magazine
Plus each of our favourite percussion moments in orchestral music Editor Oliver Condy Triangle in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Deputy editor Jeremy Pound Bells in ‘Saturn’ from Holst’s The Planets Reviews editor Michael Beek Timpani in Bartó
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This Dutch Master Creates A Very Powerful Portrait
Ritratto Verity Wingate, Martin Mkhize, Frederik Bergman, Paride Cataldo, Dominic Kraemer, Lucas van Lierop, Cameron Shahbazi; Dutch National Opera; Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Geoffrey Paterson Challenge CC 72849 88:24 mins An invitation to an opera tha
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Welcome
As we go to press with this issue, 2021 has barely begun – the pandemic, of course, is still with us, although the promise of an end to it all is welcome indeed. The music world faces an almighty challenge in the months to come, not just to perform l
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Stadium Of Stars
If Carnegie Hall represents the great rescue saga of American concert hall architecture, then Lewisohn Stadium, which once towered over Upper Manhattan like an ancient Greek amphitheatre, is its tale of forgotten loss. There it is, with its neo-class
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Take Five
When the British-Bahraini trumpet player Yazz Ahmed received the Ivors Composer Award for Innovation in November, the Academy praised ‘a unique creative voice that smashes the boundaries between jazz and electronic sound design’. It’s an accurate sum
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Choral & Song
Latin Motets Latvian Radio Choir/Sigvards Klava Ondine ODE 1362-2 56:38 mins Anton Bruckner devoted his life and his music ‘to the dear God’, the words he inscribed on the title page of his Ninth Symphony. But all his work, with insignificant exc
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Rewind
This month: ADRIAN CHANDLER Violinist and director La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler (violin) Signum Classics SIGCD641 (2020) Quite a lot of thought usually goes into La Serenissima’s projects, but this one sort of happened by chance. It was all odds
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This Month’s Contributors
‘A seven-foot tamtam, an aluphone and a frog-shaped wood-block – just some of the instruments in Evelyn Glennie’s collection. It was wonderful to explore her career through these unique objects.’ Page 26 ‘Part detective hunt, part ode to a place oft
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His Majesty’s pleasure
Arguably no monarch was more enthusiastic in taking centre-stage than Louis XIV of France. And quite literally centre-stage. As a seasoned dancer in the Court ballets, he danced some 80 roles – most famously of all that of the rising sun in Le Ballet
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A Momentous Recording Of Two Martinu Concertos
Martinu: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin); Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Jakub Hruša BIS BIS-2457 (CD/SACD) 74:40 mins For nearly 30 years Martinu’s First Violin Concerto, completed in 1933, w
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Studio Secrets
South-West England-based music charity Sound World has stepped up to help struggling local musicians by commissioning 12 new short works by composers such as Sally Beamish, Nico Muhly and Howard Skempton. The pieces have been recorded for a forthcomi
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Jilly Goolden Wine expert
When I was growing up I had a lot of music around me – my father used to fill the house with his LPs. We had a recording of Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals with verses by Ogden Nash and I remember absolutely loving it. And as a teenager I disco
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Richard Morrison
I guess I’m not the only one searching metaphorically for a rudder, a compass, a fair wind and a seaworthy vessel to get me through 2021. The turmoil inflicted by COVID has cast doubt on all certainties – including, for musicians, the certainties of
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Continue The Journey…
Robert Schumann spent much of July 1840 immersed in the work of Adelbert von Chamisso – as well as Frauenliebe und -leben , his Fünf Lieder , Op. 40 also set Chamisso’s words. In this instance, though, four of the five songs are Chamisso’s translatio
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