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To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that the saxophonist Phil Chester has put his music down on record. And...

Anyone living in an Indian city, or in any electrified Indian village; and almost anyone living in a city across the world – from...

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The words ‘great’ and ‘legendary’ are not easily used in Latin America – even for revolutionary leaders much less for cultural figures. Traditions are...

Putting these two recordings by a chanteuse like the miraculous Brazilian Ithamara Koorax presents something of a risk and a reward. A risk, because...

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At first blush, you think that this disc might pass like a ship in the night. Although the music and its performers have lit...

At his sublime best, Bill Gable’s recordings are so singular that comparisons with other performances of similar repertoire are not relevant, so much has...

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Gabriel Fauré is best-known for his Requiem which among all funeral masses – including Verdi’s – is uplifting and has the odour of incense, no doubt because its composer spent much of his life as an organist deeply familiar with church music.

Debussy’s two sets of Images (1905 and 1907) are musical homages to pure sensation, conjuring the sound of bells through leaves, sunlight reflected from the scales of goldfish scales...
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