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.
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.
It was Stephen Kovacevich’s 70th birthday party and his highly individual guests represented past, present, and future.
Orchestral musicians are very like squaddies and schoolchildren, most notably in their penchant for ya-boo jokes: witness their puerile digs about the poor sods who play that instrumental Cinderella, the viola.
Honeymoon period and local backlash behind him, Rattle can still produce startling results with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Odd in the extreme when heard live, the super-sweet timbre of The Monteverdi Choir's high tenors and sopranos is sublime in this recording from two performances in Paris and London.
Strangely enough, someone just introduced me to the Andrews Sisters. They are a great post-harmony group. They sing these really beautiful, upbeat songs. I have also been listening to a lot of Brahms and Beethoven, as well as some Michael Jackson.
Brahms tasteful, Korngold vulgar, right? Not in this recording. Soloist Nikolaj Znaider's meticulously judged vibrato glows through the poignant Romance of Korngold's Violin Concerto while Valéry Gergiev works his quivering magic with the Wiener Philharmoniker.
At some point during the recording sessions for this disc, the Nash Ensemble must have decided to play as though live, and not to the microphone.
But for the first Violin Sonata, all the arrangements on this superlative double-disc are Brahms's own.
It's debatable whether the world needs another recording of Brahms's "First Piano Concerto". But this beautifully paced collaboration between Nicholas Angelich and Paavo Jarvi perfectly catches the balance of intimacy and grandeur.
As the 1880s drew to a close, Brahms destroyed a number of manuscripts and announced his decision to retire. Then he heard Richard Muehlfield play.