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Classical music reviews

ENDNOTES, March 2021

ENDNOTES,  March 2021 In this edition: Elgar’s Italian maestro. Stuart Millson recalls conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli. When Worcestershire’s Edward Elgar emerged from what has been described as provincial obscurity into the realms of the European romantic mainstream, it became clear that … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, February 2021

ENDNOTES, February 2021 In this edition: Entente Musicale, new releases of English and French music from SOMM; Kathleen Ferrier, remembered; Messiaen and 20th-century piano music from Divine Art, reviewed by Stuart Millson A musical entente cordiale is presented in splendid … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, January 2021

ENDNOTES, January 2021 In this edition: Stuart Millson’s Wagner The twilight of the gods, the violence and feuds of the great characters of The Ring Cycle, the exploits of knights and Die Meistersinger of mediaeval Nuremberg – these are some of … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, December 2020

ENDNOTES, December 2020 In this edition: opera arias sung by Ermonela Jaho, Art of the Mandolin, choral music from Keble College, Oxford and Clifton Cathedral. Reviewed by STUART MILLSON We bid farewell to 2020, the year of Coronavirus in which our … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, November 2020

ENDNOTES, November 2020 In this edition: Saint-Saëns and Henrique Oswald, Piano Concertos; Piano music by contemporary Iranian composers, Farhat and Tafreshipour, reviewed by STUART MILLSON A stream of elegant, late-romantic melody this month, courtesy of the SOMM label – which brings … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, October 2020

ENDNOTES, October 2020  In this edition: Elgar in America, by Stuart Millson The Worcestershire born and bred composer Edward Elgar first visited the United States in 1905, to great acclaim. Interestingly, the traditional performance of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, September 2020

ENDNOTES, September 2020 In this edition: as the BBC reinstates ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ to the Proms season finale, Stuart Millson recalls the Last Night of the Proms, 1982 Back in the days of Sir Malcolm Sargent, Basil Cameron … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, August 2020

ENDNOTES, August 2020 In this edition: Brahms celebrated in Vienna – patriotic music denigrated in Britain, by Stuart Millson The city of Vienna is home to two of the world’s greatest orchestras: the Vienna Philharmonic, once conducted by Karajan, and … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, July 2020

ENDNOTES, July 2020 In this edition: late-romantic piano quintets by Franck and Fauré; & a classical music establishment in meltdown, by Stuart Millson The Prague-based Wihan Quartet – winners of the London International String Quartet Competition in 1991 – has … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2020

ENDNOTES, June 2020 John Ireland et al. at the online English Music Festival;  music for horn by Peter Seabourne and Robin Holloway, reviewed by Stuart Millson With our concert halls closed and orchestras silent, the performance of classical music has … Continue reading

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