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April 13 , 2012

Reviews of the Week

The Irish Times is impressed by Masabumi Kikuchi's Sunrise

Their playing is the antithesis of barren technique and they show no interest whatsoever in showing off. Rather, they seem to be getting out of the music’s way, waiting in the echoing silences for it to happen around them.
Cormac Larkin, Irish Times

The Hilliard Ensemble's Quinto Libri di Madrigali is hailed in the Daily Telegraph

This fine Hilliard Ensemble disc of the Fifth Book of Madrigals (published in 1611) highlights Gesualdo’s individuality with remarkable fluency, pungency and colouring, identifying a composer who baffled his contemporaries but whose music is a constant source of wonder.
Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph

The British Financial Times on Miklós Perényi's Britten, Bach, Ligeti

[…] a substantial and satisfying programme. He ennobles the Britten and Ligeti, and makes Bach sing and dance in the most seductive style.
Andrew Clarke, Financial Times

British magazine Gramophone praises Carolin Widmann's and Alexander Longquichs reading of Schubert

It is arguably in the more intense passages of these works that the players are most compelling, though there’s no shortage of virtuosity either, particularly in the finale of the Fantasie. As a duo there is much to impress too, not least in their sensitive approach to rubato in the Rondo, one player unerringly mirroring the other.
Harriet Smith, Gramophone