Gary Kahn | The Power of the Ring
This large and weighty tome could be described as the ultimate in vanity publishing, as the Ring in question is the Royal Opera House’s...
Dominic McHugh | Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady
Despite being the most successful musical of its day and one of the most influential in the development of the Broadway musical,Read...
Anthony Phillips (trans.) | Sergey Prokofiev, Diaries 1924-1933: Prodigal Son
This is the third and final volume of these enthralling diaries, also the longest, totalling some 1,147 pages in all.Read More
Viola Sonatas: Idylls and Bacchanals
A highly rewarding double-disc collection. John McEwan’s wartime sonata will be a discovery for many; tunefully approachable with a glorious slow movement a gift...
Brahms: Ballades, op10; 8 Pieces, op76; Paganini Variations, op35
Bax chooses an unusual programme, one that is not entirely effective. He is more successful in the serious, early Ballades,Read More
Schumann & Dvořák: Piano Quintets
A delightful coupling that brings heart-on-sleeve joy to the Schumann and bold, quick-silver energy to the Dvořák. Both performances fizzle with ideas and unabashed...
Britten: War Requiem
Recorded 50 years after the work’s famous premiere in the very same space for which it was written, Nelsons’ take on Britten’s enduring masterpiece...
Donald Greig | Time Will Tell
Donald Greig is a musicologist and baritone member of the Tallis Scholars, who have done him proud with a solid plug for his debut...
Nicole V Gagné | Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music
This new volume in a long-running series is impressively wide-ranging, including not only composers and performers, but also such phenomena as just intonation,
Christoph Wolff | Mozart at the Gateway to his Fortune: Mozart at the Gateway to his Fortune
In 1790 Mozart wrote a letter to his friend Michael Puchberg, the most significant part of which reads ‘I now have more cause to...
Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor; Concerto in A minor op129; Fantasy in C op 131
Adding Schumann’s own transcription of the Cello Concerto to the little-heard Fantasy and the belatedly-discovered Violin Concerto, Marwood’s disc is a delight from start to finish.
Alexander Tcherepnin: Piano Music 1913-1961
An inspired idea to open the disc with a selection of 1960s archival recordings by this most dynamic of composer-pianists.Read More
Music for Kings and Courtiers: Pieces by de Visee, Corbetta, Hurel etc
A beautifully-recorded selection of 16th and 17th century repertoire brought vividly to life by Scottish virtuoso Gordon Ferries. He carefully matches each set to one...
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2
In what is not so much a radical rethink of his quarter-century-old Decca set as a wholly organic refinement, Schiff proves yet again what...
Sarah Quigley | The Conductor
If ever a piece of music cried out to be made the subject of a film, it would be Shostakovich’s seventh symphony.Read...
Jeffrey Magee | Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater; Benjamin Sears (ed) | The Irving Berlin Reader
Nearly a quarter of a century after Irving Berlin’s death in 1989 at the age of 101, Jeffrey Magee’s magisterial analysis of his contribution...
Stuart Isacoff | A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, The Music, The Musicians
The early signs were a little off-putting – too journalistic, too many clichés – but reservations were soon swept away by the sheer energy of the...
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies nos. 1, 2, 3
Here at his least wilful and most persuasive, Gergiev presents these early works with utter commitment and great verve. Special mention must be made of...
Chopin: Concerto in F minor, Op.21; Sonata in B flat minor, etc
Listeners familiar with Buniatishvili’s art will recognise a formidable technique placed wholeheartedly at the service of an inspired, heat-of-the-moment imagination.Read More
Jean Mouton: Choral works
A fascinating exploration of a little-known composer and a unique soundworld, Peter Phillips’ latest pairs a major mass setting with vividly characterised (and often...