Music reviews

Mozart: Piano Trios

There is something so assured in this recording of Mozart’s Piano Trios. A deft touch at the piano, a sense of style to the violin melodies and a warm rich tone for the cello. This is everything Moza…

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Richard Strauss by Lucerne Festival Orchestra & Riccardo Chailly

There is silence. We wait … and wait … and then, out of this heavy hush, the trumpet speaks those famous notes. Riccardo Chailly brings his understanding of opera drama to these epically dramatic pie…

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Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

It’s a fact that has been little remarked upon across his forty-year career, but Nick Cave is a master of reinvention. The Bad Seeds – now on their seventeenth studio album – have charted a rock‘n’ro…

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Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans

The plot of Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans – ‘Judith the Triumphant’ – is gruesome: barbaric Assyrian general Holofernes invades Judea, and in retaliation the virtuous Judith beheads him. It is an unus…

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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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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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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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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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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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