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Classical music reviews

ENDNOTES, March 2020

ENDNOTES, March 2020 Remembering Vernon Handley  by Stuart Millson A recent BBC Radio 3 performance of a recording of Bax’s symphonic poem, The Garden of Fand – and my own replaying of a landmark recording of Tippett’s Concerto for Double … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, February 2020

Endnotes, February 2020 Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D; overture to The Wreckers;  and a recital at Middle Temple Hall, reviewed by Stuart Millson Ever since the revival of Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers in 1994 (a once-famous piece, championed by such … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, January 2020

Endnotes, January 2020 In this edition; Biss plays Beethoven and the BBC Philharmonic performs British tone poems, reviewed by Stuart Millson This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Already, orchestras and ensembles across the … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, December 2019

ENDNOTES, December 2019 Danish and Faroese recorder concertos; piano music from Leipzig, performed by Eleanor Meynell, reviewed by Stuart Millson  Recorded in the Musikkens Hus, Aalborg, Denmark, with an acoustic of all-embracing warmth, yet with the tiniest detail clearly registering, … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, November 2019

Endnotes, November 2019: in this edition, Mozart at a mediaeval church in Kent – and Six Flute Sonatas by Bach, on the OUR label, reviewed by Stuart Millson Vaughan Williams once likened musical life to a great pyramid. At the … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, October 2019

ENDNOTES, October 2019 Stuart Millson reviews Bach in Kent and a new Berlioz recording from Toronto Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – dating from 1741 – is a work often referred to as one of the greatest achievements in all … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, September 2019

ENDNOTES, September 2019 Stuart Millson on the film music of Lord Berners In 1944, the directors at Ealing Studios (Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti and Michael Balcon) were working on a new production, The Halfway House– a story set mainly in … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, August 2019

ENDNOTES, August 2019 In this edition: Pergolesi, A Neapolitan Stabat Mater; the film music of Gerard Schurmann, reviewed by Stuart Millson From the extraordinary across-the-centuries choral archive that is the ICSM/CHRONOS record label, comes one of the most surprising and dazzlingly … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2019, Choral Music of Norway

Endnotes, June 2019, Choral Music of Norway; Sergey Levitin plays Stanford at the English Music Festival, reviewed by Stuart Millson Recorded in the impressive acoustic of Domkirken, Bergen, a new CD from Chandos Records highlights the achievements of Norwegian composers, … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES: May 2019

Endnotes: May 2019 From Meadow to Mayfair – Stuart Millson pays tribute to the English light music tradition The great tone-poems of English music need little introduction: Bax’s epic evocation of Cornish myth and landscape, Tintagel, and Holst’s mysterious Dorset … Continue reading

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