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Vida Breve (Short Life) – Stephen Hough
It seems fitting that British pianist Stephen Hough’s new album Vida Breve, featuring music on the theme of death, should be released while we are still in the thrall of the coronavirus. But this album is not a response to
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Modern and Familiar: Peter Breiner’s Romantic Concepts
Slovak composer Peter Breiner, who we interviewed in November has a follow-up album to his earlier album of calm Romantic music. A Journey, released on 1 March 2021, has both Breiner’s compositions and his arrangements of composers who often fall
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Benjamin Grosvenor’s Liszt Album – A Fine Combination of Artistry and Virtuosity
Known for his technical mastery and musicality, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor achieved worldwide acclaim after winning in the keyboard section of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 at the age of 11. Recorded in London in October 2020, this
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The Aria Ballet: Reinhild Hoffmann’s Callas
The idea of Tanztheater (dance theatre) came out of Germany in the 1920s. It started as ‘expressionist dance’ and was reborn in the 1980s in the work of German choreographers such as Pina Bausch and Reinhild Hoffmann. The influences of
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Helmut Deutsch: Memoirs of an Accompanist
The glossy cover of this book features a blown-up photograph of an unassuming gentleman with a deep penetrating gaze. It is quite reasonable to surmise that the subject is an intelligent, astute and empathetic individual, exuding an air of contemplative
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Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres
“Rossini: Amici e Rivali”
In the competitive operatic CD landscape, the frequent “best of” or “highlight” recordings have become a repetitive and uninspiring drag. Erato’s just released “Rossini: Amici e Rivali” featuring Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres stands out not just thanks to its
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Duncan Honeybourne’s Contemporary Piano Soundbites
A musician supports musician friends and colleagues during lockdown There have been many musical initiatives during the national lockdowns in response to coronavirus as musicians and others have sought to keep the music playing and to remind audiences that even
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The Austrian Connection
Haydn, Mozart, Schubert & Gál – Sarah Beth Briggs, piano
British pianist Sarah Beth Briggs has built her reputation on performing and recording on the “core canon” of piano repertoire and has a particular affinity with the music of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Her playing is always elegant and tasteful,
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