Fellow Travelers and Late Quartets – Weekend well spent at Kangasala Classic

The members of Kamus Quartet performing Beethoven op. 131 at Kangasala Hall on Saturday evening. © Ville Hautakangas In the course of four festival days, the second instalment of Kangasala Classic brought together an uplifting selection of chamber works from Bach to contemporary in inspired performances, given in various venues across the settlements of Kangasala.... Continue Reading →

Album review: Gorgeous selection of Žibuoklė Martinaitytė premieres on Ondine

On a personal level, coming across with the works of Žibuoklė Martinaitytė has been one of the most joyful aural discoveries in recent (and more distant) memory. In the riveting orchestral scores of the New York-based, Lithuanian composer, several musical strata are bound together into sonic realms of astounding beauty and connectivity.  In terms of... Continue Reading →

Album review: Stellar disc premiere for Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter from Ensemble InterContemporain and George Jackson

In celebration of Steve Reich’s 85th birthday season, Nonesuch Records, the composer’s home label for almost forty years, indulges its audiences with an outstanding new album, featuring the world premiere recording of Reich/Richter (2018), a thirty-seven-minute masterstroke for chamber orchestra. As implied by its title, the music was written for a collaborative project between the... Continue Reading →

Album review: The delight of Mozart reinvented with Goebel and Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Sometimes wonderful musical albums come in the most surprising guises. This was exactly the case with the second volume of New Mozart by Reihard Goebel and Mozarteumorchester Salzburg on Sony Classical. Truth be told, seen with the eyes of our authenticity-poised era of music-making, a disc featuring world premiere recordings of two early-nineteenth-century orchestral adaptations... Continue Reading →

Everything is new – Interview with Leila Josefowicz

Leila Josefowicz portrait by © Tom Zimberoff The American violinist Leila Josefowicz is a cultural phenomenon. For the past twenty five years now, she has been a relentless champion of a vast catalogue of music of our time, including notable works by John Adams, Thomas Adès, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews, Steven Mackey, Luca... Continue Reading →

Celebrating John Williams with Tampere Philharmonic and Eero Lehtimäki

Tampere Philharmonic and Eero Lehtimäki performing John Williams at Tampere Hall on Wednesday evening. © Jari Kallio Celebrating the ninetieth birthday year of John Williams, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Eero Lehtimäki had put together an evening length-programme of selections from the Maestro’s unparalleled career in film scoring.  The evening’s playlist covered forty years of... Continue Reading →

Album review: A feast of music-making – Golijov’s Nazareno with the Labèques, joined by Rattle and the LSO

Auguring the new millennium, the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pásion según San Marcos (2000) was a milestone event within the contemporary music world, to say the least. Cherished by audiences and critics alike, the Pásion presented the audiences with an ingeniously organic fusion of musical styles, somewhat in the manner of Leonard Bernstein’s... Continue Reading →

Discovering Nielsen The Inextinguishable with The Cleveland Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt conducting Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, op. 29 The Inextinguishable with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in February. © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra Titled The Seeker, this month’s episode of In Focus, The Cleveland Orchestra’s wonderful online series, features an invigorating performance of Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, op.... Continue Reading →

Album review: An invigorating journey from Schoenberg to Salonen with Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the extraordinary Finnish ensemble, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director Malin Broman have put together their first joint album, released on Alba Records. Titled Stockholm Diary, the marvellous album opens with the world premiere recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s wonderful string orchestra piece of the same name. Composed in 2004,... Continue Reading →

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