Pristine Elgar Quartet with the English Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Woods

Artistic Director Kenneth Woods and the English Symphony Orchestra in session at Wyastone Hall. © Courtesy of the ESO Performing string quartets in orchestral settings is a fascinating affair. Among the most famous forays to the genre are Gustav Mahler’s 1896 (unfinished) adaptation of Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden (1824) and Dimitri Mitropoulos’s string... Continue Reading →

Gazing into unforeseen horizons – Vivid world premiere of Saariaho’s Vista by Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic

Susanna Mälkki and Kaija Saariaho. © Jean-Louis Fernandez / Festival d’Aix-en-Provence On so many levels, the Wednesday evening’s online concert by the Helsinki Philharmonic, Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki and Artist-in-Residence Kirill Gerstein will be entered in the orchestras chronicles as one of the key events of the pandemic era. The main event of the evening... Continue Reading →

Corigliano’s Conjurer lives up to its name with Marc Damoulakis, the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst

Principal Percussion Marc Damoulakis performing John Corigliano's Conjurer with his Cleveland Orchestra colleagues and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra In course of the history of the orchestral apparatus, percussion instruments have entered the stage somewhat gradually. For the most part, their role has been essentially coloristic; to enrich... Continue Reading →

From Pérotin reworked to Riley revisited – San Francisco Symphony and Salonen salute minimalism

Esa-Pekka Salonen and the members of the San Francisco Symphony recording Steve Reich's Clapping Music (1972) on 18 December 2020 for SFSymphony+ Patterns episode. © Kristen Loken Following their uplifting online season opening, Throughline in mid-November, Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen rejoins with the San Francosco Symphony for another wonderful streamed programme, Patterns, available on the... Continue Reading →

Album review: Danny Driver encapsulates Ligeti’s boundless imagination with terrific insight on the new Hyperion disc

Among the twentieth century keyboard music, György Ligeti’s Études pour piano (1985-2001) hold a very special place. They stand out as a summa of not only the composer’s entire creative span, but also of the whole pianistic century. Within those eighteen studies, ideas of (poly)rhythms, harmony, both non-tonal and non-atonal, and virtuosity meet at the... Continue Reading →

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