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Music Review: Cypress String Quartet – ‘Beethoven: The Early String Quartets’

The Cypress finishes recording all Beethoven's string quartets with this further testament to the composer's overall genius and the forward-pressing aspects of these relatively early but towering works. The Op. 18 quartets on this two-CD set are full of harmonic riches, rhythmic intricacy, and emotional complexity, all fully evident under the Cypress musicians' expert fingers.

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Music DVD Review: Mika – ‘Sinfonia Pop’

Mika's songs lend themselves naturally to orchestral treatment. His voice is an instrument of precision and sparkle as well as range, dancing between a supple tenor and a relaxed falsetto; with masterful vocal control, he sings with subtle power and finely tuned sensitivity against the orchestra and background singers.

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