Classical Music Daily — Sunday 2 October 2022


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CD Spotlight. A pleasant surprise — The Maggini Quartet plays Bax and Ron Bierman listens. '... enthusiastic, first-class performances.' (published 2 October 2002)


Jacquet of Mantua (1559); John Russell (1916); Max Bruch (1920); Kenneth Leighton (1929); Ton Koopman (1944); Georg Tintner (1999); Thomas Round (2016); Klaus Huber (2017); Giya Kancheli (2019)

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Recent Articles

CD Spotlight. Wonderfully Attuned — Robert McCarney listens to music by Kevin Raftery. '... this is one of the most richly stimulating, impressive and sheerly enjoyable CDs of music, new or old, that I have heard in quite some time.'

CD Spotlight. A Very Worthwhile Experience — Geoff Pearce listens to the latest album from Gintas K. 'Every time I listen, I feel a different perspective and hear different things ...'

Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — Sound Sense and Nonsense

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Profile. Opera is a Whole New World — As rehearsals begin for her new opera, Gabriela Lena Frank talks to Ron Bierman

Classical music news - September 2022 Obituaries — Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month

CD Spotlight. A Monumental Treasure Chest — Gerald Fenech listens to the complete Warner recordings of Frank Peter Zimmermann. 'Inspired music-making that should keep you company for months on end ...'

CD Spotlight. Dante's Paradise in Three Parts — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to music by Salvatore Sciarrino. '... the three soloists depict the protagonists of the journey to the top of Paradise very well.'

CD Spotlight. Freshness and Vigour — Robert McCarney listens to music by British composer Robert Saxton. 'This is a very well prepared and presented disc that does an excellent job of providing a portrait of the composer.'

CD Spotlight. Secret Love Letters — Lisa Batiashvili plays Chausson, Debussy, Franck and Szymanowski, warmly recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Batiashvili plays this programme with ultra-sensitive feeling and moving emotional ardour that penetrate right to the heart of this sublime music which reveals the inscrutable depths of the human soul.'

CD Spotlight. Fascinating Listening — Music by Alban Berg, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the BBC Symphony Orchestra is on top form ...'

Ensemble. Schubert's Octet and the Spirit of Vienna — Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the final concert of a Schubert festival in Rome

CD Spotlight. Beautiful and Well-crafted — Gerald Fenech listens to Johann Simon Mayr's opera 'Alfredo il Grande'. 'This is a gem of a premiere recording that should enhance Mayr's reputation as a truly fine opera composer which he richly deserves.'

CD Spotlight. A Plethora of Influences — Robert McCarney roundly congratulates Chandos and all involved with this CD. 'The playing by the various members of the ARC Ensemble is excellent throughout and the recording is crystal clear and atmospherically spacious.'

CD Spotlight. Absolutely Compelling — Cherubini, Méhul and Beethoven, recommended wholeheartedly by Gerald Fenech. 'Bernhard Forck leads with engrossing enthusiasm, and his Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin responds with some truly exhilarating performances that sweep you off your feet.'

Ensemble. Preljocaj is Back in Rome — Giuseppe Pennisi reports on two contemporary ballets at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

CD Spotlight. Wonderfully Transparent and Detailed — Robert McCarney listens to symphonies by Latvian/Canadian composer Tālivaldis Ķeniņš. 'The playing by all concerned is excellent.'

CD Spotlight. A Magnificent CD — Geoff Pearce listens to music by Ruth Gipps. 'The BBC Philharmonic responds magnificently ...'

CD Spotlight. Inner Turmoil — Handel's 'Amadigi di Gaula', strongly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... full of passion and angst.'

CD Spotlight. Symphonic Maturity — Patrick Maxwell listens to Sibelius symphonies. '... the wind and brass playing is pristine throughout.'

Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney — From swerve of shore to bend of bay

Classical music news. Winners, Projects, Cancellations — Items in the news

Ensemble. Baroque Music in Siena — Giuseppe Pennisi returns for the last weekend of the Chigiana International Festival and Music Academy

CD Spotlight. Shared African Heritage — Samuel Coleridge-Taylor from Chineke! Orchestra, strongly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... riveting stuff ...'

Classical music news. Obituary — Lars Vogt (1970-2022)

Classical music news. Gothic Opera — This Halloween in London UK, Gothic Opera presents a double bill of unknown supernatural operas by female composers Louise Bertin and Pauline Viardot

CD Spotlight. Criminal Exploits — Geoff Pearce listens to Adrian Williams' chamber concerto 'Portraits of Ned Kelly'. 'The playing is very impressive and delivers a compelling performance.'

CD Spotlight. Exceptional Performances — Gerald Fenech listens to Mozart from Francesca Dego, Roger Norrington and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 'Francesca Dego is an impassioned virtuoso, and her renditions are not only emotionally alive but also full of beguiling warmth and charm ...'

CD Spotlight. Outcast Composers — Giuseppe Pennisi listens to the Matangi Quartet. '... an excellent way to get acquainted with an important yet difficult period of Russian music.'

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