Classical Music Reviews

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

Falvetti: Nabucco (Cappella Mediterranea/Alarcón)

King Nebuchadnezzar gets a Neapolitan Baroque makeover

Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (LSO/Farnes)

Britten's nursery crimes of long ago can still shock us today

Bel Canto (Kermes, Concerto Köln/Mueller)

Baroque's favourite eccentric tries her hand at bel canto

Palestrina: Choral Music (The Sixteen/Christophers)

Polished Palestrina from the English masters of polyphony

Handel: Harpsichord Suites (Egarr)

Technically brilliant but curiously frivolous Handel

Britten: String Quartets (Takács String Quartet)

The Takács find warmth in a reputedly cool composer
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