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Elgar: Violin Concerto, Chausson: Poeme

Reviewed by Phil Richards

This very difficult piece is handled with consummate ease by one of the great violinists. A very bright, vivid and well-balanced sound add to the pleasure. Coupled with Perlman’s beautiful performanc…

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The Stone Gods

Reviewed by Emily Harms

The Stone Gods is set in an apocalyptic near-future that is a direct result of the forces of desolation. On one level it is a philosophical piece of science fiction based on a love story between Bill…

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Cease to Begin

Reviewed by James Power

Seattle’s Band of Horses follow up 2006’s excellent Everything All the Time with another album of radiant, wistful earnest music. As exemplified on ‘Detlef Schrempf’ (the album’s fourth-track tribute…

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The Emergence of Memory

Reviewed by Martin Shaw

Long-time readers of this august publication will know that in the mid-nineties I was already raving about W.G. Sebald (The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo), for I already had the feeling the…

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J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

Reviewed by Richard Mohr

If you thought you there were enough Goldbergs or that Gould, Tureck or Schiff couldn’t be matched, think again! The debut CD of this young American pianist has caused a sensation in the US, for the …

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Playground

Reviewed by Richard Mohr

A lovely second album from the dynamic drummer from Sting and Jan Garbarek’s bands/ This time Katche dispenses with the services of Garbarek and Tomasz Stanko, who contributed so memorably to Neighbo

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The Singing Tree

What a lovely, unexpected gem of an album! The Singing Tree is a stunning example of talent, patience and excellent musicianship. Layers of slide guitar and piano in a laidback style reminiscent of T…

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Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara

Ali Smith’s latest work radiates a sweet passion that is at once surprising and highly attractive. Refiguring the myth of Iphis and Ianthe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Smith ponders the way our gender…

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White Chalk

Reviewed by Mark Azzopardi

For her new album White Chalk, P.J. Harvey offers us a totally different listening experience. With less emphasis on guitar-driven songs, Harvey, aided by producers Flood and John Parrish, and The Di…

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Verdi: La Traviata

Reviewed by Phil Richards

Missing from the catalogue for a while, it’s very nice to have this version around again. Contrubas is very moving as Violetta and Domingo is all grace in his duets with Violetta. Kleiber’s strong an…

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