Articles by Peter Dale

Peter Dale reads 'The Music of Lennox Berkeley' by Peter Dickinson

Peter Dale is impressed by Trevor Hold's new survey of 'The Second Golden Age of English Song'

Peter Dale reads from a Liverpool University symposium on the musical work

'The Tales of Hoffmann' in a vintage performance enjoyed. 'The recording is remarkably warm, surface noise minimal, characterisation lively, and orchestral playing spot on.'

Handel's opera 'Tamerlano' in a new recording investigated. '... absolutely convincing ...'

A tribute to Wilfrid Mellers, for a unique life of music and letters

Intensely idiomatic. '... beautifully played ... sensitively directed ...' Antonín Tucapský's Violin and Viola Concertos, as heard

A landmark. 'Beecham produces a performance redolent even now of passion and conviction ...' Delius's 'A Village Romeo and Juliet'

Night thoughts. 'Nicolas Hodges ... masters every nuance the musical landscape requires.' The music of Justin Connolly

Refreshingly free. '... Skærved is dazzlingly good ...' Violin music by Alan Rawsthorne and John McCabe

Intelligent discourse. 'This disc ... deserves more than merely passing attention.' Chamber music by George Nicholson

Fresh impressions. '... more immediate, more compelling, sometimes more alienating, always more convincing.' Quatuor Turner plays Beethoven String Quartets

A sense of occasion. '... pomp without pomposity, excitement without loss of dignity, and ... a sense of hushed awe.' The Coronation of King George II, 1727

A luminous pearl. 'The performances on this disc are excellent.' The symphonies of Rued Langgaard

An indispensable collection. '... indefatigably intelligent, sensitive and musical.' The final volume of Hyperion's Schubert Edition

Absolutely idiomatic. '... his expressiveness is faultless.' Schumann's Dichterliebe and other Heine settings

Smyth's Mass. 'The musical ideas are often bold ...' A disc in the EMI British Composers' series

Humanitarian anxiety. 'It is hard to imagine more idiomatically persuasive performances.' Penderecki orchestral works

In a more extended 'captivating moment', Peter Dale discovers one of the truly great living musicians

Tremendous Engagement. '... the listener who attends carefully to this disc will be handsomely rewarded.' Adrian Williams on record

'Beautifully coloured, most intelligently but undemonstratively phrased and nuanced ...' Schumann songs

American voices. '... compellingly energetic rhythmic forces, clear, translucent orchestration, bold themes and simple structures.' Symphonies by George Antheil and Paul Creston, examined

Passion and conviction. Very well played indeed. Very well recorded. Taxing music to perform even when accessible to the listener. Peter Dale explores the orchestral music of Penderecki - a composer who lit a beacon for Polish music.

Virtuosity without swank - Peter Dale explores the Italian baroque

Magnificent and Aweful. Peter Dale considers Messiaen's impact on the ear

His own man. Reconsidering Rutland Boughton

Gracefully formed - the world of Franz Krommer

a fast-track graduation course in making your peace with the music of our time and in sweeping the house clean for the next millennium

'Late Romanticism' - Peter Dale ponders the music of Pizzetti

Tales from Bentzon - Peter Dale listens to some little-known Danish chamber music

Some Folks Do - Peter Dale listens to American Song on two new CDs

Peter Dale explores James Day's Englishness in Music

Peter Dale reviewing Rebel Violin Sonatas

 

 

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