Marcus Blunt: Orchestral Works

The last album we reviewed with a celestial image on the front was from Vyacheslav Artyomov, a serious Russian who writes epic music. His view of the universe was big and scary; space is infinite and you’re a puny human. Blunt’s title piece, Aspects of Saturn uses as its inspiration Saturnus. He is the Roman […]

Lauri Porra: Entropia

This meld of prog rock and classical is as interesting an album as you’d want; entertaining if you like your prog broken down and your classical with bass solos and lots of 4/4 time. Mike Oldfield managed it on Tubular Bells. Adventurous brass band fans might also find much to like. Porra, (40), is an […]

Sofia Gülbadamova: Dohnanyi, Solo Piano Works

This tranquil and calming double CD has remained on our playlist for several weeks. We meant to write about it earlier but were too busy being calmed by its sounds to put finger to keyboard. Erno Dohnányi — or Ernst von Dohnanyi as he composed under — was 16 in 1894, when he moved to […]

Christopher Fox: Headlong

While this CD has an appealing side, it’s not one for someone who just fancies a nice bit of clarinet; if you studied clarinet at university, your car is called Clarrie McClarinetface and you only play the chalumeau with added keys for that authentic sound, perhaps. Though it’s a life you need, not a CD. […]

Michael Barenboim: Sciarrino – Tartini – Berio – Paganini

After an acclaimed debut solo album of music by Bach, Bartók and Boulez, Barenboim returns with this new recording, in which the word “virtuosic” is used in the Press release. It is that, but the mix of old and more modern means it’s not a CD of two halves, more like three or four. All […]

Giacomo Carissimi: Oratorio Di Daniele Profeta

Another CD for those who want some inspiring sacred music for Easter. Carissimi (1605-1674) was well known in his day, and Samuel Pepys wrote of a performance of his music: “Fine it was, indeed, and too fine for me to judge of,” a review that we’d probably not get away with: “It’s so good we […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Unmasked The Platinum Collection

Lloyd Webber is one of those composers you never think about; his music has become the background sound to modern culture in a way that few other performers manage. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina is a song that everyone can sing along to, from youngsters to pensioners. Listening to this four CD boxset, the overwhelming […]

Panayiotis Demopoulos: Brahms, Demopoulos and Mussorgsky

It’s not the usual comparison but this CD reminds us of Rob da Bank’s old 5am show on Radio One, aimed at people who’ve been up all night at a discotheque (as they don’t call them), and need some chill-out music to bring them down to a point where they can sleep. Clearly classical piano […]