Music reviews

Abbey Road (50th Anniversary Edition) by The Beatles

Abbey Road is the greatest album ever. Abbey Road is the greatest album The Beatles made. Discuss among yourselves…

Fifty years ago the final Beatles album, Abbey Road, was recorded. It was released…

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Terry Riley: Sun Rings by Kronos Quartet

2019 is the fiftieth Anniversary of the moon landing. So I think that this is the perfect time for the first ever recording that intersperses sounds from space with classical music. Sun Rings by Terr…

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Libertà!: Mozart & the Opera

Between composing Die Entführing aus dem Serail in 1782 and the first of his Da Ponte operas in 1786, Mozart experienced a great deal of change and upheaval. He had moved from Salzburg to Vienna – aw…

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MARI by Mari Samuelsen

In our busy lives, we long to feel grounded. MARI – Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen’s first solo recording for Deutsche Grammophon – is an ‘urge to live slow … to keep yourself, your life and your…

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Maddalena and the Prince by Maddalena del Gobbo

Maddalena and the Prince is the second of Maddalena del Gobbo’s concept albums for Deutsche Gramophon, following on from Henriette: the Princess of the Viol – a disc of viola da gamba music originall…

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Rooted by Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson has been a key player in the UK folk scene since his 1976 debut album, Golden Vanity. Since then, he has become a top-flight acoustic guitarist. He made a number of very fine albums wi…

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Run Home Slow by The Teskey Brothers

The Teskey Brothers debut album was one of the standout releases of 2017, ending up on many people’s best of the year lists. The album introduced a band of four who love playing together and who have…

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Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, Mahler by Renee Fleming

Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben was groundbreaking: it was the first song cycle composed to be sung by a woman and from her perspective. As the title indicates, the cycle follows the life and love …

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Rise by Jess Gillam

Last year was a historic year for the BBC Young Musician awards. They had their first ever saxophonist in the finals. Now to those who don’t know, this is a bigger deal than you might think. It’s his…

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Sir John Tavener: The Protecting Veil by Matthew Barley and Sinfonietta Riga

When the first thing you see, as a performer, is the phrase ‘Transcendent With Awesome Majesty’, you know you’re going to be in for something epic. John Tavener wrote those words over the top of the …

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