Johannes Brahms

Bronfman / Tilson Thomas / Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall,

The Vienna Philharmonic’s contribution to the Rest Is Noise festival would have been significant whatever they played, but when their conductor Michael Tilson Thomas mounted the podium, it was to apologise for the fact that they would be making very little noise at all.

New CD celebrates Joseph Joachim, lynchpin of music-making in the

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.

Monkemeyer/Rimmer, Wigmore Hall

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.

Cultural Life: Nicola Benedetti, violinist

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.

Album: Brahms/Korngold, Violin Concertos – Znaider/Gergiev/

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.

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