Reviews & Features

  • Basement Jaxx vs Metropole Orkest        
    REVIEW 09.02.12

    Basement Jaxx vs Metropole Orkest

    Recorded live at a recent Barbican gig, this disc offers a selection of dance outfit Basement Jaxx’s favourite records re-scored for 60-piece orchestra and choir by Jules Buckley (better known as conductor of the Heritage [...]

  • James Turnbull Fierce Tears        
    REVIEW 09.02.12

    James Turnbull – Fierce Tears

    As well as being a successful soloist and an active orchestral and chamber musician, oboist James Turnbull also busies himself with education and outreach projects, rediscovering lost repertoire and commissioning new works for the oboe. [...]

  • I Culture Orchestra        
    FEATURE 09.02.12

    New roots: I, Culture Orchestra

    Bringing together young musicians from Eastern Europe and beyond, Poland’s I, Culture Orchestra touts an optimistic vision for the future. Lauren Strain reports from Gdańsk In August, Gdańsk’s Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music was buzzing [...]

  • Rachel Kolly d'Alba        
    FEATURE 02.02.12

    Strings of desire: Rachel Kolly d’Alba

    Poised and impassioned, Rachel Kolly d’Alba is setting the violin world alight – as Francesca Treadaway discovers ‘I was hoping to catch you before you jet off to Madrid!’ I exclaim as Swiss violinist Rachel [...]

  • Aurora Orchestra        
    FEATURE 02.02.12

    Leading lights: Aurora Orchestra

    Daring and dramatic, Aurora Orchestra are rewriting the rulebook for what an ensemble can – and should – be today. Lauren Strain wracks their brains Hello! Please introduce yourselves. How are you? Where are you [...]

  • Nils Frahm        
    FEATURE 02.02.12

    Nils Frahm: The sound of silence

    Composer, producer and pianist Nils Frahm‘s new album, Felt, is an experiment in close recording and even closer listening. He tells Lauren Strain of his desire to explore the concept of quietness Shp-shp. Ffrrr. Ctt. [...]

  • Jonathan Cohen        
    FEATURE 06.12.11

    No throwback: Arcangelo

    Specialists in early music but far from one trick ponies, period purveyors Arcangelo are ones to watch. Samara Ginsberg meets their director, Jonathan Cohen Founded in 2010 and led by British conductor Jonathan Cohen (pictured), [...]