Camille Saint-Saëns and His World | ed. Jann Pasler
Is there a composer whose life spanned a period of comparable musical upheaval? Born eight years after Beethoven’s death, Saint-Saëns lived until the year...
How Music Works | David Byrne
During his four decades of making music, David Byrne has rarely shied away from a challenge. With this book he has taken on a...
Britten in Pictures | ed. Lucy Walker
One of the first major biographical landmarks in the Benjamin Britten bibliography after his death was Donald Mitchell and John Evans’s Pictures from a...
Satie & compagnie: Piano music by Satie, Poulenc, Ravel, Hahn, de Séverac, Koechlin
In as delightful a recital as this reviewer hopes to hear this year, Queffélec has crafted an inspired 80-minute sequence anchored around some of Satie’s...
Dohnányi: Complete solo piano music vol 2
Another generous, well-recorded instalment in what is shaping up to be a hugely important series celebrating one of the great composer-pianists.Read More
Mozart, Copland & Kats-Chernin: concertos for clarinet and orchestra
Mozart’s late masterpiece really does deserve to be heard on the basset-clarinet, especially when the performance is as winning as here.Read More
Weber: Sonatas, op 10 & Quartet, op8
Weber’s chamber music has never had the exposure of his orchestral and operatic masterpieces: more’s the pity, as Faust and Melnikov throw themselves into...
CD: Editor’s Choice (December-February)
18th-century Portuguese Love Songs
L’Avventura London, Žak Ozmo (dir)
Festival: Paris Festival Baroque
The first ever Paris Festival Baroque has just come to a close after two weeks of early music performance. The festival,Read More
My Beloved Spake: Anthems by Purcell & Humfrey
An inspired idea to couple well-known works by Purcell with pieces by his slightly older, and tragically short-lived, contemporary Pelham Humfrey.Read More
Stephen Broad (trans.) | Olivier Messiaen: Journalism 1935-1939
Stephen Broad has specially studied Messiaen’s early life and writing and has collected these articles from many sources. As he writes in his preface:...
Owain Arwel Hughes | My Life in Music
There was a time when Owain Arwel Hughes was rarely off tv. He did much to popularise classical music and brought epic productions to...
Beethoven: Sonatas in C op 2/3, in B flat, op106 Hammerklavier etc
A complete recital from a master at the very height of his powers, recorded in the Royal Festival Hall in 1975.Read More
Mozart In Between: Piano concerto no 9, symphony no 23
An elegant reading of the ninth concerto, directed from the keyboard with real flair and a convincing ‘period’ feel follows one of Mozart’s neglected...
L'Infinito: songs by Respighi, Casella, Alfano, etc
A carefully-planned treasure-trove of fascinating repertoire, warmly recorded and sympathetically performed. If Kader’s vibrato may be a touch too much,Read More
Charlotte Tomlinson | Music from the Inside Out: A Musician’s Guide to Freeing Performance
A 2003 documentary DVD about the Philadelphia Orchestra is also called Music from the Inside Out. There is no connection between the DVD and...
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral works, vol. 3
Showing remarkable commitment and faith in the composer’s ability to mint new sounds and exciting textures, the LPO’s final collection of recent works by...
Dvořák: Symphonies 3&6
A lovely record from an old-school maestro with nothing to prove, content to inspire his players to performances of natural grace and unforced virtuosity.
The Sea: Songs by Fauré, Schubert & Debussy
A delightful recital that effortlessly transcends the potential naffness of the title. Neven’s melodies are every bit as persuasive, as idiomatic as his Lieder,