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Re­views by the world’s finest crit­ics

BBC Music Magazine - - Front Page -

Out with the old and in with the new? Per­haps not, but as we be­gin 2019 it’s as good an op­por­tu­nity as any to make a res­o­lu­tion to mix your lis­ten­ing up a bit. I’m cer­tainly guilty of re­turn­ing to favourite al­bums and com­posers over try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent.

This month we’ve op­eras by Saintsaëns, Korn­gold and Arthur Ru­bin­stein that are wor­thy of at­ten­tion, plus a fan­tas­tic disc of or­ches­tral works by Bri­tish com­poser Ken­neth Hes­keth. If an un­fa­mil­iar take on a clas­sic is a safer start, then how about our Record­ing of the Month – a re­duced Mon­teverdi Ves­pers that still packs a punch. Then there’s the de­but al­bum from Leeds win­ner Eric Lu, and the first solo disc from vi­o­lin­ist Eli­cia Sil­ver­stein. Both ought to be on your playlists… Happy New Year! Michael Beek Re­views edi­tor

This month’s crit­ics

John Al­li­son, Ni­cholas An­der­son, Michael Beek, Terry Blain, Kate Bolton-por­ci­atti, Geo Brown, An­thony Bur­ton, Michael Church, Christo­pher Cook, Christo­pher Din­gle, Misha Donat, Jes­sica Duchen, Re­becca Franks, Ge­orge Hall, Mal­colm Hayes, Ju­lian Hay­lock, Claire Jack­son, Daniel Ja é, Berta Jon­cus, Erik Levi, Natasha Lo­ges, An­drew Mcgre­gor, David Nice, Roger Ni­chols, Bayan North­cott, Jeremy Pound, Steph Power, An­thony Pryer, Paul Ri­ley, Jan Smaczny, Michael Tan­ner, Roger Thomas, Kate Wake­l­ing KEY TO STAR RAT­INGS ★★★★★ Out­stand­ing ★★★★ Ex­cel­lent ★★★ Good ★★ Dis­ap­point­ing ★ Poor

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