John Adams joins the Cleveland Orchestra for a dazzling all-American contemporary programme

Jeremy Denk and the Cleveland Orchestra performing John Adams's Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (2018) under the composer's baton at Severance Hall in February. © Roger Mastroianni Back on the podium to guest-conduct the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, composer John Adams has come up with the most inspiring all-American contemporary programme,... Continue Reading →

The ESO and Woods unveil Adrian Williams’s astounding Symphony No. 1

The English Symphony Orchestra in session with their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Kenneth Woods. © ESO Digital The latest installment in the English Symphony Orchestra’s marvellous online series with their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Kenneth Woods presents us with a tremendous premiere recording of Adrian Williams’s stunning Symphony No. 1 (2018-21). Commissioned by... Continue Reading →

A day to remember – John Adams and Víkingur Ólafsson join Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

John Adams conducting Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich with Víkingur Ólafsson as soloist. © Alberto Venzago As a part of his 75th birthday celebrations, the composer John Adams has had a busy week on the podium, rehearsing three of his own works with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson at the orchestra’s newly-renovated, acoustically brilliant and luminously... Continue Reading →

Album review: The LSO and Noseda continue their Shostakovich cycle with a tremendous account of the Leningrad Symphony

Among the twentieth century symphony, there can hardly be found a more widely-known entry into the genre than Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 (1939-41), better known as the Leningrad Symphony. While strikingly effective on a musical level, the symphony’s legendary status ows to the circumstances it was written, giving rise... Continue Reading →

Album review: Mighty Bruckner cycle launch from François-Xavier Roth and Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Two years ahead of Anton Bruckner’s forthcoming bicentenary in 2024, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and their Chief Conductor François-Xavier Roth have embarked upon a joint quest of committing the composer’s complete symphonies on disc for Myrios Classics. Auguring the journey, the orchestra and conductor have put forth the first volume in the series, containing a mighty account... Continue Reading →

Terrific Sawyers and Saxton portrait from the ESO and Woods

The English Symphony Orchestra in recording session with their Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Kenneth Woods at Wyastone Concert Hall. © ESO Digital Released online last Friday, the English Symphony Orchestra and their Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Kenneth Woods present us with a terrific contemporary double-portrait, venturing deep into the fascinating realms of the... Continue Reading →

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