Last autumn Helene Grimaud released a fine recording of Brahms’ piano concertos under the baton of Andris Nelsons: to hear them perform the second concerto live with the Philharmonia Orchestra was to realise anew what a superb symbiosis they can achieve.
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Sunday 17 July 2011
Sunday 29 May 2011
Thursday 12 May 2011
Pinchas Zukerman is a musician through whom history is stamped as through a stick of Brighton rock.
Sunday 01 May 2011
Sunday 17 April 2011
Paavo Järvi's spacious, serene reading of A German Requiem is beautifully recorded.
Friday 08 April 2011
Following his brilliant interpretation of Beethoven's 9th, Järvi turns his attention to another German musical milestone, Brahms' most imposing work.
Thursday 31 March 2011
How to describe Murray Perahia’s qualities? Elegance, fluency, modesty, clarity – and an abiding sense of the poetic. In the final piece of Schumann’s Kinderszenen “Der Dichter spricht” – “the poet speaks” – Perahia’s own inner voice emerged in halting, half-imagined, recitative-like, phrases as if dreaming a potentially much larger canvas.
Friday 25 March 2011
David Wilde follows his solo piano albums dedicated to Brahms and Schumann with these masterly interpretations of three of Beethoven's most imposing sonatas, in which he aims to show the composer's progression from despair at losing his hearing, through optimism to spiritual aspiration.
Friday 04 March 2011
The British violinist Daniel Hope is setting out to restore Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) to his rightful place as the lynchpin of music-making in the Romantic era, with a new CD entitled The Romantic Violin. And it's not a moment too soon, for some of the 19th century's crucial musical developments revolved around this violinist and composer.
Sunday 02 January 2011
Wednesday 29 December 2010
As a tale of love conquering all, then being conquered in turn by madness, and with the incursion of a third party to form the most chaste love-triangle in history, the saga of Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck, and Johannes Brahms is uniquely fertile soil for drama.
Sunday 26 December 2010
Chamber music triumphed over grand projects in 2010, with the notable exception of Sir Mark Elder's luminous Götterdämmerung with the Hallé.
Saturday 11 December 2010
Saturday 27 November 2010
Each year, Risor - a small fishing town on the south-eastern coast of Norway - hosts an internationally renowned festival of chamber music.
Sunday 21 November 2010
Pupil of Dvorák, and sometime teacher of Martinu, Josef Suk died in 1935, just a few years before the Czech musical tradition was irrevocably severed by war.
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