Music reviews

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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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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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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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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Mozart: Le Testament Symphonique by Le Concert Des Nations

During the summer of 1788, aged only thirty-two, Mozart achieved a monumental feat of compositional greatness: in just one and a half months, he completed symphonies 39, 40 and 41, to which he referr…

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Breakdown on 20th Ave. South by Buddy & Julie Miller

Husband-and-wife team Buddy and Julie Miller have released their first album in ten years – their third as a couple in nearly twenty years of recording together. Even they find it a little strange th…

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Il Giardino Dei Sospiri by Magdalena Kozena, Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks

Magdalena Kožená’s silvery mezzo soprano voice is a fascinating one: she possesses a bright upper register befitting a coloratura soprano, and a rich, penetrative depth throughout her range which all…

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I Am Easy to Find by The National

For the first time in their storied career, The National is bringing new voices into the fold. This, their eighth album, marries singer Matt Berninger’s distinctive baritone with collaborators includ…

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Gounod: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Iceland Symphony Orchestra & Yan Pascal Tortelier

Being so opera-centric as I am, it was not until this CD fell into my hands that I discovered Gounod was in fact a great symphonist. Under the baton of Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Iceland Symphony Orch…

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Liszt’s Italian Pilgrimage by Tristan Lee

Melbourne’s own Tristan Lee recently emerged from a PhD, for which he was researching the music of Beethoven and Liszt. His recording of Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième année: Italie (Years of…

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