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Ehnes Quartet play Schubert & Sibelius - Onyx: ONYX4163 - CD or download

The Ehnes Quartet favour rhythmic buoyancy, athletic grace and crisp, clear lines for Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet. Speeds are lithe, but …

BBC

András Schiff: Encores after Beethoven - ECM: 4814474 - CD or download

You won’t be surprised to learn there’s nothing musically flashy or flippant here; no bumble bees flying, for instance. Instead Schiff has put each …

Simpson, C: The Seasons - Deutsche HM: 88875190982 - CD or download

[Sirius Viols] balance eloquence and virtuosity here in a finely-judged equilibrium. Their sound is pellucid, ensemble and articulation flawless. The …

BBC

Bach2 The Future Vol. 2 - Champs Hill Records: CHRCD118 - CD or download

impressive, both in the quality of the playing and the variety of the music…in Ysaye's Third Sonata she yields nothing to the finest recordings in …

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 - DG: 4795201 - 2 CDs or download

Nelsons is spry and precisioned and his insistence on super-keen rhythm pays off big-time...The Fifth Symphony is quite marvellous...and like the …

Brahms: Complete String Quartets & Piano Quintet - Alpha: ALPHA248 - 2 CDs

In 2003 the Belcea Quartet recorded a nerves-on-a-knife’s-edge account of Brahms’s C minor Quartet (Op 51 No 1) for EMI. Here, more than a decade on, …

Piano

JS Bach: Missæ Breves complete recordings BWV 232-236 - Alpha: ALPHA816 - 3 CDs

While several one-to-a-part readings can bring a chamber-like intimacy, you get the best of all worlds here: red-blooded warmth, intense coloration, …

Vinyl Records

Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 14, Moments Musicaux & Two Scherzi - DG: E4277692 - CD or download

Piano

Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete) - Decca: 4786442 - CD

Kavakos opts for a subtle use of vibrato and a relatively limited dynamic range. His sweet tone is matched by Wang...these performances may seem …

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado<p>Abbado in Lucerne radiates clarity, wisdom and vision, qualities that over the years one had come to expect …

Benjamin Grosvenor: Dances - Decca: 4785334 - CD

The quality of this playing is altogether exceptional. Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor takes nothing for granted in music. Nor should we in listening to …

Yuja Wang plays Ravel - DG: 4794954 - CD or download

The outer movements are so deliciously light, like the most perfect soufflé, executed with disarming insouciance by pianist and orchestra alike...You …

The best recordings of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2

A quick guide to the greatest recordings of Rachmaninov's much-loved concerto<p><b>Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2</b><p><b>Krystian Zimerman</b> <i>pf</i> <b></b><b>Boston Symphony Orchestra /</b> …

Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion CD review – deft playing of most tuneful material

Cédric Tiberghien’s Bartók series has been an ear-opener – expressive and sharp-witted performances that clinch the music’s essence in original terms. The French pianist has saved some of Bartók’s most straight-up tuneful material for last, and this instalment includes the Three Hungarian Folksongs …

Amazon's Latest Drone Would Parachute Parcels Into Your Backyard

Tech News<p>Amazon's idea for drone deliveries just keeps getting wackier.<p>The U.S. e-commerce giant was awarded a patent earlier this week for a system in which a package would be "forcefully" propelled from an unmanned aerial vehicle and would be helped to land by tools including a parachute.<p>"The …

Drones