RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
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