Classical Music Reviews

Between Worlds (Avital)

Avital’s world tour manages to take the mandolin out of Italy

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (Isserlis, Levin)

Isserlis takes an exhaustive tour through Beethoven’s work for cello

Reger: Orchestral Works (Norrköping Symphony/Sergerstam)

A valuable reissue with some polished performances

Mozart: Violin works (Ray Chen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival/Eschenbach)

Three cheers for Chen as Brisbane boy makes Mozart

Sibelius: Masonic Ritual Music (Lahti Symphony/Kuusisto)

Musical curious reveal the famous Finn's Masonic connections

Verdi: La Traviata, Aida, Macbeth (Various)

A trio of treasures in a bargain box of value for money Verdi

Michael Kieran Harvey: Psychosonata (Harvy et al)

Relentless virtuosity makes hard work of a taxing program

Hindemith: Violin Sonatas (Becker-Bender, Nagy)

Strong performances, bested by a recent competitor

Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos (Wang, Simon Bolivar Orchestra/Dudamel)

Young guns attempt to blast Rach 3 into a brave new world

Bax: Symphony in F (BBC Scottish National Orchestra, Yates)

In need of a trim, but Yates comes up with more than just faux-Bax

Beethoven: String Quartets arranged for String Orchestra (Camerata Nordica

If you're comfortable with the concept there's much to enjoy

Mozart: Opera and Concert Arias (Matthews, TSO/Letonja)

Local opera star rekindles old flame for Viennese wunderkind

Buxtehude: Vocal Works (Amsterdam Baroque/Koopman)

Koopman's definitive series puts Buxtehude right up there next to Bach

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Angela Hewitt)

Hewitt's freshly-minted, spontaneous approach pays dividends.

Dessner: Aheym (Kronos Quartet)

Kronos helps an indie-rocker explore his classical inclinations

Bach, CPE: Keyboard Concertos (Spányi, Concerto Armonico/Szüts)

Spányi's final volume sees CPE Bach still pushing the envelope

Mozart: Piano Concertos (Argerich, Orchestra Mozart/Abbado)

Abbado's valedictory final recording with an old colleague

Britten, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (Ehnes, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Karabits)

Violin concertos by a pair of 20th-century friends and soulmates

Debussy, Ravel: Two piano music (Pascal & Ami Rogé)

French two piano music in the hands of partners for life

Busoni: Late piano music (Hamelin)

Marc-Andre Hamelin's Canadian cool meets Busoni's Mediterranean heat
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