Building a bright future for classical music

Great public architecture generally expresses eloquently the society which builds it. For much of modern history, it was about the glorification of God. In more recent centuries, politics and power became the stronger focus: think of the mercantile grandeur of the Low Countries, the triumphant classical confidence of Paris, or, in Victorian Britain, of the […]

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Video of the day: Kyung Wha Chung – the complete Gramophone interview

Kyung Wha Chung recently joined Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly for a live-streamed conversation. We now present the full, fascinating discussion On Monday evening we broadcast a live-streamed conversation with one of the great violinists of our time, Kyung Wha Chung, on Facebook. It proved to be exceptionally popular, and now you can enjoy the entire […]

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Unmoved by Bach’s St John Passion? Try listening to it in English…

David Temple introduces the first commercial recording in English since Britten’s in 1971 My first St John Passion was in the Barbican in 2011 with Crouch End Festival Chorus. It was in German, and with modern instruments at A=440. Though I was pleased with the performance, I was struck by the lukewarm response from the […]

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Video of the day: Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Waltz in conversation

Barenboim and Waltz discuss the importance of the text in the respective creative disciplines Today’s video is a fascinating conversation between Daniel Barenboim and the actor Christoph Waltz in which they discuss the differences between the texts that they use in performance – for Barenboim the score, for Waltz the script. They also explore how […]

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Signum Quartett Schubert: Aus der Ferne – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Franz Schubert’s songs sometimes found their way into his instrumental works, perhaps most famously in the fourth movement of the Piano Quintet in A major, D667, “Trout,” which was based on Die Forelle, D550; the Wanderer Fantasy in C major, D760, which was inspired by Der Wanderer, D489; and the second movement of the String […]

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Video of the day: Monteverdi makes time stand still

Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini on captivating form Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini are Monteverdi masters, their recordings are invariably highly acclaimed and they won a Gramophone Award in 2015 for their account of Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco (read the review). Their new recording ‘Night. Stories of lovers and warriors’ has ….. […]

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Freiburger Barockorchester / Gottfried von der Goltz / Petra Müllejans Handel: Concerti a Due Cori – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

These Concerti a due cori — concertos for two choirs (of instruments) — have occasionally received good recordings; Trevor Pinnock led one some years ago. But they’re not common items despite coming from the years in the late 1740s when Handel was revered. Their neglect may result from the fact that the music in them […]

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Yevgeny Sudbin Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Russo-British pianist Yevgeny Sudbin has traversed the Rachmaninov concertos at a deliberate pace, issuing a recording of the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 in 2007 and rounding out the set with this reading of the Second and Third in 2018. His Rachmaninov is carefully wrought, subtly intertwined with the orchestral part […]

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Video of the day: Yo-Yo Ma and The Knights record ‘Ascending Bird’

A first look at Yo-Yo Ma’s new recording with The Knights for Warner Classics. Yo-Yo Ma’s latest recording for Warner Classics is a collaboration with The Knights featuring repertoire ranging from Golijov’s Azul and Stockhausen’s Tierkreis to Dvořák’s ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka. In the exclusive video below you can witness the ….. Continues […]

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Philippe Entremont Schubert: Sonata No. 21 D. 960; Fantasie D. 940; Marche Militaire No. 1 – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Over his long and distinguished career, Philippe Entremont has frequently performed music of the great Viennese composers, though he has seldom recorded music by Franz Schubert, only offering rare recordings of the Trout Quintet and the Symphony No. 9 in C major, “The Great” in 2006. He admits that his interest in Schubert was limited […]

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Krzysztof Urbański / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

The centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps was widely celebrated in 2013, and since then recordings have increased dramatically, suggesting that this groundbreaking ballet has lost none of its power to intrigue and enthrall. Alpha’s 2017 recording of a concert by Krzysztof Urbański and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester offers a vivid performance that […]

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Piotr Anderszewski / Chamber Orchestra of Europe Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 27 – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Among the hundreds of recordings of late Mozart piano concertos on the market, including many of this particular pairing, this one of Poland’s Piotr Anderszewski at the keyboard and conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is a major standout. Though played on a modern piano, it brings together several trends that have lately been explored […]

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Antonin Dvorak Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra; The Water Goblin; In Nature’s Realm Zuill Bailey (cello), Jun Markel conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Review By Max Westler

Though several of the works Dvorak wrote during his four year stay in the New World reflect his interest in the folkloric music he heard there (most famously, the “New World” Symphony and the “American” Quartet), the cello concerto harkens back to his native Czechoslovakia with a sense of longing and nostalgia that’s unusually personal. […]

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