Favourite Recording: Salonen’s Helix, Piano Concerto, and Dichotomie

Why are these pieces not frequently performed yet? Why??? When will they enter the repertory? This recording features 3 brilliant works by composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: a short tone-poem “Helix” for orchestra, the Piano Concerto played beautifully by Yefim Bronfman, and “Dichotomie” for piano solo (also played by Bronfman). The orchestral works are played by the … More Favourite Recording: Salonen’s Helix, Piano Concerto, and Dichotomie

Listening of the Week: Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle with the Royal Concertgebouw

Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven symphony cycle with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is solid, precise, but can feel a little “gentle” at times. This set of Beethoven cycle contains all 9 symphonies, plus the “Egmont” Overture Op.84. They are all very well performed by the Royal Concertgebouw, and the singers in the ninth symphony are all great. … More Listening of the Week: Bernard Haitink’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle with the Royal Concertgebouw

Favourite Recording: Isabelle Faust and Silke Avenhaus’s Schumann Violin Sonatas

These performances of the 3 Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Robert Schumann are outstanding. Violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Silke Avenhaus forms a great duo as they successfully bring out the emotions and beauty of these pieces. Schumann’s violin sonatas are all very intimate and carry an air of melancholy in them. Faust’s playing … More Favourite Recording: Isabelle Faust and Silke Avenhaus’s Schumann Violin Sonatas

Current Listening: Pascal Rogé plays Piano Works by Erik Satie

These short solo piano works by Erik Satie are played beautifully by Pascal Rogé in these performances recorded in 1983. The pieces presented here include the famous three Gymnopédies, the six Gnossiennes, and other piano works (for the full track-listing, please check out the album on Decca’s website). This album is a pleasure to listen … More Current Listening: Pascal Rogé plays Piano Works by Erik Satie

Current Listening: Beautiful Vasks Symphony and Violin Concerto from Storgårds and more

This release by Ondine couples two large works by Pēteris Vasks: the Symphony No.2 and Violin Concerto “Distant Light”. Both works feature John Storgårds; he conducts the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in the Symphony, and is the soloist in the Violin Concerto accompanied by Juha Kangas conducting the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. These works are both performed … More Current Listening: Beautiful Vasks Symphony and Violin Concerto from Storgårds and more

Current Listening: Excellent Mendelssohn and Very Good Shostakovich from Hilary Hahn

Here’s another Hilary Hahn recording that I’m writing about. Recorded in 2002, this album features the E-minor Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the A-minor Shostakovich Violin Concerto, played by the awesome Hilary Hahn and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Hugh Wolff conducts the orchestra in the Mendelssohn, while Marek Janowski conducts in the later piece. The classic … More Current Listening: Excellent Mendelssohn and Very Good Shostakovich from Hilary Hahn