More establishment than experimental, classifying the late composer is no easy task
Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky
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Kerry Camden: Outstanding bassoonist of his generation celebrated for his colourful and virtuoso style
Tuesday 25 May 2010
The bassoonist Kerry Camden was one of the most distinguished musicians of his generation.
Friday 14 May 2010
Not for Yuja Wang the mandatory selection of Chopin preludes and ballades; instead, she's chosen a theme, Transformation, here realised in various forms: most obviously, Brahms' famously tortuous Variations on a Theme by Paganini, but also Ravel's deconstruction of the waltz in La Valse, and most impressively, the gradual humanisation of the puppet in Stravinsky's Petrushka (and its subsequent reversion to wood). Wang's command and artistry is never in doubt right from the opening Allegro Giusto section, described in delicate little left-hand runs against a pointilliste upper-register, the combination lifting the piece in a weightless, dizzying dance.
Thursday 13 May 2010
One wonders if it was by design or accident that James MacMillan's new Violin Concerto was programmed here alongside Stravinsky's Symphony in C? MacMillan seemed to take up precisely where Stravinsky left off recalling the kinetic syncopations and even the melodic flavour of the symphony's playful first movement. The energy of one happily infected the other.
Wednesday 28 April 2010
Friday 23 April 2010
The Borodin Quartet is now well into its seventh decade, the latest replenishment in its ranks being cellist Vladimir Balshin, whose first recording is this trio of distinctively Russian pieces by Borodin, Stravinsky and Myaskovsky.
Monday 22 March 2010
The intimations of Ravel and Stravinsky in Colin Matthews' opulent orchestrations of Debussy's gusty Préludes, "The Wind in the Plain" and "What the West Wind Saw", made for a quite incestuous feel to the second of John Adams' cunningly devised concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. Five composers cross-fertilised in interesting ways.
Friday 12 March 2010
The intimations of both Ravel and Stravinsky in Colin Matthews’ opulent orchestrations of Debussy’s gusty Preludes “The Wind in the Plain” and “What the West Wind Saw” made for a quite incestuous feel to this the second of John Adams’ cunningly devised concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. All five composers cross-fertilised in interesting ways.
Thursday 11 March 2010
It’s one small step for Beethoven and a giant leap for mankind from the First to his Eighth Symphony and to hear both works in tandem on instruments of the period only intensifies the revolution drawing us ever closer to the mighty Ninth.
Sunday 14 February 2010
Saturday 30 January 2010
Like an increasing number of classical performers – most notably John Eliot Gardiner with SDG Records – the Labèque sisters have reacted to an industry in recession by establishing their own outlet, KML Recordings.
Friday 01 January 2010
Few conductors have invigorated repertoires with the verve that Pierre Boulez has brought to his interpretations of Stravinsky, compiled here across six CDs.
Friday 27 November 2009
As Tyondai Braxton knows, the process whereby a final master copy of an artist's album is rendered can be stressful. "Frankly, I nearly lost my mind," he says.
Friday 20 November 2009
Sunday 15 November 2009
Sunday 15 November 2009
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