Light Classics Reviews

Between Worlds (Avital)

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

Decca Sound: The Acoustic Years (Various)

Another galvanising dip into the historical archives from Decca

Composed Noise (The NOISE)

Improvised quartets succeed despite vicissitudes of chance

Tchaikovsky, Ellington: Nutcracker Suites (Harmonie Ensemble/Richman)

A 1960 crossover project that works a Christmassy treat

Gershwin: Take Two (Tedeschi)

Tedeschi makes it a double with a second shot of neat Gershwin.

Homeward Bound (Terfel, Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

A super-sized feel-good fest from Bryn and his American friends.

Berlin, Weill, Porter: Golden Age Songs (Raabe)

Oops, Max Raabe did it again in a German nostalgia fan’s dream.

Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom

McCartney takes on the American songbook.

The Four Elements (Nigel Kennedy)

The rogue elements: Nigel Kennedy as composer veers off course.

Rock Symphonies (David Garrett)

Calamitous crossover: Garrett’s musical experiment goes wrong.

ARRIVEDERCI (Vittorio Grigolo t; Orch del Teatro Regio di Parma/Morandi)

Forza Vittorio: Grigolo gets stuck into Italian favourites.

BARBRA STREISAND: What Matters Most

While other singers of this stature (50 gold records, no less) churn out the old hits and count the megabucks, Streisand is still releasing new material that stands strong on its own merits, such as this stunning disc.

2Cellos (2Cellos)

High-powered performances and clever arrangements from cello rockers.

Tori Amos: Night of Hunters

Amos goes classical: Night of Hunters is mostly successful.

The Ten Tenors: Double Platinum

Popera fans rejoice: the Ten Tenors give a powerhouse performance.

Paradiso (Hayley Westenra; Ennio Morricone)

Hayley’s big coup: Westenra teams up with Morricone.

Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor (Caro Emerald)

The Dutch chanteuse serves up 1920s Chicago with contemporary studio sheen.

David Hobson: The Best of David Hobson

A welcome opportunity to enjoy Hobson as a purely popular entertainer.

The King's Speech: original motion picture soundtrack (Alexandre Desplat)

Desplat conveys through music the restrained angst and regal grandeur of the film's hero.

LOVE SONGS (mezzo-soprano: Anne Sophie von Otter, piano: Brad Mehldau)

Classical meets jazz here, as operatic mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter mixes it with jazz pianist and composer Brad Mehldau in a two-disc tribute to love in all its forms, from elation to deflation and regret.
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