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Dec 172016
 
Commentary: Top Classical Recordings of 2016

I make no claims to have listened to everything released in 2016; here are my picks for the top classical recordings of the year.

Oct 262016
 
CD Reviews: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 1 and Mozart Violin Concertos plus Wagner Overtures & Preludes

For recorded sound, for brilliance of orchestral execution, and for interpretive concept, Janowski is one of the 21st century’s best Wagnerians.

Aug 272015
 
Fuse CD Reviews: John Adams’ "Absolute Jest" (SFS Media); Alexander Melnikov plays Schumann (Harmonia mundi)

John Adams’ Absolute Jest is a sheer blast of fun, wildly inventive and, at its best, a vertiginous collage.

Jul 222015
 
Fuse CD Reviews: Isabelle Faust plays Schumann and the Dmitri Ensemble plays Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies

Listening to Isabelle Faust’s performance of Schumann’s Violin Concerto I wondered why the piece has remained on the fringes of the repertoire for so long.

May 292013
 
CD Reviews: Isabelle Faust plays Bartók; Wolfgang Rihm’s Symphonie “Nähe fern”; Tokyo String Quartet plays Dvorak and Smetana; Thea Musgrave’s Chamber Works for Oboe (Harmonia Mundi)

A round-up review of new releases from Harmonia Mundi — an invigorating crop of albums.