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Death and Transfiguration: Kenneth Hamilton Plays Liszt review – liberating and refreshing
This wide-ranging selection of Liszt’s piano music meets its technical challenges with a rare directness and clarity

Andrew Clements

02, Dec, 2021 @6:43 PM

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London Sinfonietta/Edmon Colomer – Gerhard’s starry exuberance makes welcome return
Two of the Catalan-composer’s astrological works reminded audiences of his brilliantly-coloured music in a programme that also showcased contemporary Catalan composers

Andrew Clements

02, Dec, 2021 @2:38 PM

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Elgar and Bridge/Schwabe: Cello Concertos review – hugely impressive and refreshingly straightforward
A performance full of finely realised detail and lacking in bombast ensures these two great and contrasting British cello concertos shine

Andrew Clements

26, Nov, 2021 @11:12 AM

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Humphry Davy: The Age of Aspiration review – Fitkin’s intricate reflection on the costs of progress
An absorbing new work by Graham Fitkin draws on the life of a Cornish chemist to illuminate the social and political effects of the industrial revolution

Andrew Clements

22, Nov, 2021 @10:44 AM

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Champion of the Russian composer’s operas Dmitri Tcherniakov notches up another with this Bolshoi theme-park staging

Andrew Clements

18, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The Cunning Little Vixen review – CBSO’s concert staging has care but misses vital charm
Elena Tsallagova was a feisty vixen and the CBSO’s playing under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was outstanding in a more matter-of-fact interpretation of Janáček’s opera than one normally hears

Andrew Clements

17, Nov, 2021 @6:28 PM

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Ennui will rock you: books, games and more for getting through burnout
From Death in Venice to virtual husbandry in Stardew Valley, Guardian critics suggest culture to help cope with exhaustion

Andrew Clements, Sam Jordison, Keza MacDonald, Danny Leigh and Skye Sherwin

15, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Takács Quartet review – immaculate as ever but new lineup needs to settle
With a new member there were thrilling moments but also some unevenness in a programme of Beethoven, Janáček and Haydn

Andrew Clements

09, Nov, 2021 @1:16 PM

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Up for Grabs review – Turnage’s deliriously unbuttoned score celebrates thrilling football history
Mark-Anthony Turnage has channelled his passion for the beautiful game into an electrifying musical tribute to accompany highlights from Arsenal’s 1989 title win over Liverpool

Andrew Clements

07, Nov, 2021 @2:04 PM

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Aldo Clementi: Canoni Circolari review – joyous polyphonies and tubular bells
Imitation and canon are at the heart of Clementi’s sonically gorgeous pieces featuring flute, violin, piano and percussion

Andrew Clements

04, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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LSO/Harding/Tamestit review – vivid adventures and a fierce encounter with a tuba
Jörg Widmann’s viola concerto received its London premiere in the final concert of Antoine Tamestit’s residency with the London Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Clements

01, Nov, 2021 @2:35 PM

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Mussorgsky: Unorthodox Music review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
A ‘cradle-to-grave songspiel’ describing the arc of a woman’s life is brilliantly conceived by soprano Booth and pianist Glynn

Andrew Clements

28, Oct, 2021 @5:00 PM

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