Avi Avital "Between Worlds" (Deutsche Grammophon)
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Rolando Villazon, Royal Festival Hall, London<br/>Hallé / BBC Philharmonic/ Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Sunday 09 May 2010
Sunday 09 May 2010
Geoffrey Burgon's slinky, jazz-inflected viola concerto "Ghosts of the Dance" conveys colour, character and narrative in economical writing.
Sunday 25 April 2010
Technically faultless, with a gleaming, heroic tone, the Concertgebouw's principal horn player Jasper de Waal barely breaks a sweat in this decorous selection of aristocratic background music from the two Haydns.
Sunday 18 April 2010
Simon Trpceski and Vasily Petrenko deliver fresh and disciplined readings of Rachmaninov's Second and Third Piano Concertos with the revitalised Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Friday 26 March 2010
On Voices Of Bach, the Berlin Philharmonic's principal oboist Albrecht Mayer adapts the vocal melodies of Bach's cantatas to fit his instrument.
Sunday 14 March 2010
Recorded in three venues, this is a scrapbook of Thomas Adès's recent works.
Sunday 28 February 2010
In the 2008 Proms, Nikolaj Znaider and Sir Colin Davis slowed Beethoven's Violin Concerto to a near static state of bliss. Surprising, then, that their Elgar is so dynamic.
Monday 01 February 2010
Daniel Barenboim has earned his adoration. He could stand on one leg and whistle “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and still bring audiences to their feet.
Sunday 29 November 2009
Martin Helmchen delivers a refreshing performance of Schumann and Dvorak's piano concertos.
Friday 20 November 2009
Though not quite reaching the sublime heights of Evgeny Kissin's interpretations in last year's issue of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with Sir Colin Davis and the LSO, Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen displays consummate skill in these renderings of the 4th and 5th Concertos – especially impressive.
Sunday 08 November 2009
Freiburger Barockorchester's storm through twoof Haydn's most startling symphonies. No. 49, "LaPassione", is held as a prime example of Sturmund Drang, though No. 80more than equals it interms of contrastingsonorities, styles andtextures, from the ländlerinterruptions of the first movement to the proto-Beethovenian harmonies of the menuetto. Played by Gottfried van der Goltz, the First Violin Concerto is a temperate oasis. If the disclacks the dewy radiance of"Le Matin", "Le Midi" and"Le Soir", it is still dynamic.
Sunday 18 October 2009
Twenty-five years after his first recording of Bach's Partitas, Schiff returns to these works with new ideas, some seemingly informed by his directing of the Brandenburg Concertos from the keyboard.
Geoffrey Tozer: Pianist who played the Proms at 15 and later forged a productive relationship with Chandos Records
Tuesday 06 October 2009
Geoffrey Tozer's career illustrates the importance that a record label can have for a musician. Having made his mark as a child prodigy, even playing at the Proms at the age of 15, by his early 30s Tozer had taken up teaching to make ends meet. But then an association with the Colchester-based Chandos Records began to make his name known in musical circles all around the world.
Friday 18 September 2009
The clarinet's multi-faceted character is virtually unrivalled among orchestral instruments, its wheedling tones able to convey the most dramatic shifts of expression, from pious sobriety to almost comic insouciance.,/p>
Carl Maria von Weber took advantage of this unlimited scope in the quintet and two concertos written for his friend, the clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann, and deftly recorded here by the young Swiss player Fabio di Càsola. He's particularly adept at the slower, subtler passages: the 1st Concerto's limpid Adagio are realised with dreamlike sensitivity, the clarinet floating weightlessly over the horn chorus, contrasting with the more jaunty, birdlike nimbleness of the ensuing Rondo. Likewise, the brooding Romanze is the standout section of the 2nd Concerto.
Friday 18 September 2009
Nigel Kennedy can be a frustrating proposition – unbearable when subjecting Hendrix to rude disinterment, for example – but unbeatable on his home turf.
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