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 →

John Williams at 90

John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter sharing the Musikverein stage with the Vienna Philharmonic in January 2020. © Terry Linke / Deutsche Grammophon The legendary composer and conductor John Williams turns ninety today. His sixty plus years in Hollywood have made him the best-known composer in the business, and deservedly so. To paraphrase Sir Peter Maxwell... Continue Reading →

The Cleveland Orchestra and Welser-Möst are back online – Luminous Abrahamsen premiere and tremendous Brahms 2 with Igor Levit

Hans Abrahamsen taking a bow after the world premiere of Vers le silence (2021) with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst. © Roger Mastroianni The second season of In Focus, the Cleveland Orchestra’s online series, augured during the pandemic, was launched on Friday on the Adella Live platform, with a spellbinding concert recording from 6-8... Continue Reading →

Album review: Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s spellbinding Beethoven voyage  

To begin with, it must be admitted that this review is long overdue. This, however, is not due to any lack of excitement, admiration or enthusiasm over Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s spellbinding accounts of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Grande Sonate in B-flat major for Pianoforte, op. 106 (1817-18), better known as the Hammerklavier Sonata, and the Fifteen Variations and Fugue for Pianoforte, op. 35... Continue Reading →

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