Current Listening: Janine Jansen plays Mendelssohn and Bruch

Two of the most popular Romantic violin concertos are presented here by Janine Jansen with the Gewandhausorchester conducted by Riccardo Chailly: the Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor, and the Bruch Concerto No.1 in G minor. Jansen also includes the short Romance in F major for viola and orchestra by Bruch in between the 2 concertos … More Current Listening: Janine Jansen plays Mendelssohn and Bruch

Listening of the Week: Harnoncourt conducts Schumann

I have been listening to Schumann for the past few days, including this set of recordings from Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. This set contains Schumann’s 4 symphonies, the piano concerto and violin concerto. The symphonies are interpreted wonderfully. Although this is not my personal favourite Schumann symphony cycle, there are many … More Listening of the Week: Harnoncourt conducts Schumann

Favorite Recording: Tetzlaff and Harding rock Widmann’s music

This 2007 violin concerto is amazing. The recording presented here contains 3 works from the German clarinet virtuoso and composer Jörg Widmann. What draws me to this particular disc? I first saw a performance of Widmann violin concerto performed by Christian Tetzlaff from the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall website, and I was entranced. The … More Favorite Recording: Tetzlaff and Harding rock Widmann’s music