Album Review Erik Bosgraaf: Dialogues

A world premiere recording of a piece by Boulez is reason enough to invest in this disc, but the ‘comprovisations’ which complete the recording cannot help but intrigue. Recorder player Erik Bosgraaf pairs up with ‘laptop artist’ Jorrit Tamminga for a series of seven Dialogues, in which the sound of the recorder is captured and transformed by electronics. However, one can imagine these works being much more successful in a live context: the Dialogues are of variable musical interest, meaning that some stand up to repeated listens much better than others. The situation is not helped by the intricacy of the Boulez.

Read the full review at Sinfini Music.

Prom 1: Spectacular Walton makes for a confident start to the 2015 season

Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture should have been the ideal way to launch the 2015 BBC Proms. In the festival’s 120th year, one would expect that the first concert would begin with a bang. While the actual fireworks came after Gary Carpenter’s Dadaville, the musical fireworks were saved for the end.

Read the full review at Bachtrack.