CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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English writer Patrick Maxwell is the editor of gerrymander.blog, and a commentator for bbench.co.uk and The Speaker, but he has also written for many other sites. He was formerly a chorister at Westminster Abbey and is now a music scholar in Oxford.
Patrick Maxwell listens to music by John Dowland. '... the exquisite word-painting comes through brilliantly ...'
Ali Hirèche plays Chopin. 'Hirèche manages to give an impeccable portrait of Chopin, through a mixture of the multiple skills required to give an effervescent yet intimate feel to the music.'
Patrick Maxwell listens to Bach and Bruckner from Michael Schönheit, Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Beethoven, Shostakovich and Musorgsky from Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra impress Patrick Maxwell
Patrick Maxwell visits London to hear Haydn's 'The Creation' at the BBC Proms
Patrick Maxwell listens to music from Wadham College Chapel, Oxford. 'The choral sound is well produced, if at times lacking in cohesion, and the interpretations at the hands of Katharine Pardee are well handled.'
Patrick Maxwell listens to Britten, McDowall, Horovitz and James Bassi, performed by Janet Lincé and The New Choir