• Slowly Rolling Camera

    Slowly Rolling Camera

    This debut from British four piece Slowly Rolling Camera has strong overtones of the Cinematic Orchestra, yet as that band is hardly prolific and it’s genre less than oversubscribed it’s great to hear something that ...
  • In Each and Every One

    In Each and Every One

    Drummer Seb Rochford, you know, him with the unfeasible afro, seems to be everywhere these days. Frankly I’m surprised that he found time to make an album with his band, but it was certainly worthwhile. ...
  • Hindsight Bias

    Hindsight Bias

    Prog meets post rock with a hint of disco. Sounds like a bad idea, but this ‘Scandiwegian’ trio pull it off rather well. Bly de Blyant is drummer Øyvind Skarbø, guitarist Hilmar Jensson and multi-instrumentalist ...
  • Anyone With A Heart

    Anyone With A Heart

    Finnish pianist Rantala seems to have more breadth than most in the field of contemporary music. His last album, My History of Jazz, a homage to the music that influenced him, could not be more ...
  • Prokofiev

    Prokofiev

    Jansen opens this album with the Violin Concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op. 63, Allegro Moderato. The haunting tones of the opening bars give the listener an immediate taste of this young Dutch musicians ability. ...
  • Shostakovich: Symphony 4

    Shostakovich: Symphony 4

    The Fourth is the stuff of legend. In 1936, Dimitri Shostakovich’s music had been denounced in Pravda (allegedly at the behest of Stalin). Shostakovich composed “an artist’s creative response to just criticism” Fifth symphony, and ...
  • Dvorak: Cello Concertos

    Dvorak: Cello Concertos

    I’m a big fan of Dvorák’s Cello Concertos (especially the B Minor) and have liked Isserlis cello work for years. He claims it’s taken almost 40 years to take on the Dvorák. It’s a bold, ...
  • Correspondances

    Correspondances

    Henri Dutilleux passed away in May this year aged 97. ‘Correspondences’ is a song-cycle based around the poems and letters of Mukherjee, Rilke, Solzhenitsyn and van Gogh, set to music. The disc also features ‘Tout ...
  • Bach Arias

    Bach Arias

    This disc of JS Bach Arias contains a beautiful melange of his works. The musicians clearly take their own interpretation on the musical directions; ‘Choral Schubler’ better known as Watchef Auf is a fine example, ...
  • 6 Sonatas for Violin & Piano

    6 Sonatas for Violin & Piano

    These particular Bach violin sonatas are written (and commonly played) with harpsichord accompaniment, but here it’s a direct transposition to the piano. In fact, this harks back to recordings made before the trend for authenticity ...
  • Advent at Merton

    Advent at Merton

    It seems appropriate as Christmas approaches (at the time of writing) to listen to Advent music. Peter Phillips and Benjamin Nicholas, both of whom have glittering musical backgrounds, lead the Choir of Merton College, Oxford. ...
  • Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra

    Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra

    One of the regular side projects of the Ellington Orchestra was to let the group back the Duke’s alto sax player Johnny Hodges. Billy Strayhorn, Ellington’s collaborator in composition, leads the Ellington Orchestra in this ...
  • Third Dimension

    Third Dimension

    This Pure Pleasure reissue of a Bethlehem title has yet another distinction, because it’s a Bethlehem reissue of his first, and extremely rare session on King Records. Kirk is the best-known multi-instrumentalist in jazz, meaning ...

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