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I’m Colin Anderson, a writer on music and also the editor of Classical Source. Welcome to my Column; well, Nelson has one, so why not me!

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Gunning for music: I Ken the Woods from the trees.

Christopher Gunning (English composer, born 1944) conducted by Kenneth Woods. This Signum release embraces Gunning’s Symphonies 10, 2 & 12 (in that order) and finds the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in top form under the devoted Woods, superbly recorded in...

Cherubini Discoveries [Chailly/Decca]

The Discoveries are nine first recordings, all of them with Marche or Marcia in the title. The music of Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842, he was born in Florence and moved to Paris and became a French citizen) was highly regarded during his lifetime, not least by Beethoven,...

Ed Gardner & Schubert

Edward Gardner and the CBSO continue their Schubert Symphony Cycle for Chandos. Volume 2, recorded in Birmingham Town Hall, couples Symphonies 2 & 6, both delightfully done. Gardner’s fleet tempos (other speeds are available; conversely, the Trio of No.6 drags a...

Beethoven 250: Pollini 109-111 [Deutsche Grammophon]

Beethoven 250: Pollini 109-111 [Deutsche Grammophon]

In other words, Beethoven’s Final Three Piano Sonatas, Opuses 109, 110 & 111. Recorded live in Munich in June last year, with applause removed to allow a continuous sequence, Maurizio Pollini’s approach is essentially no-nonsense – fiery and direct – but, as the...

BBC Proms Statement

Like all cultural organisations, we at the BBC Proms are currently dealing with unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. We are still hoping that the Proms will be part of the summer this year, although that will involve adapting and changing the festival we...

Bruckner in Berlin

On Classical Source there are quite a few reviews of the Berliner Philharmoniker (usually by me), courtesy of the Digital Concert Hall’s live relays. Currently (during the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19) its archive is free of charge and open to all. With much...

Chandos releases Eugene Goossens from Melbourne

Chandos releases Eugene Goossens from Melbourne

Best remembered as a conductor, Sir Eugene Goossens (1893-1962) wrote quite a few pieces; here are his Opuses 62 (the 40-minute Symphony 2) & 63 (Phantasy Concerto, for violin and orchestra, lasting half-an-hour); both have four movements. Neither work is a...

In Praise of Donald Runnicles

In Praise of Donald Runnicles

I had my Total Hip Replacement surgery on March 4. I was very anxious for several days beforehand. Some much-needed succour came on Feb 27, a Radio 3 concert live from Glasgow, which embraced Bruckner 8 (BBC Scottish SO), a magnificent account led by Donald Runnicles,...