Current Listening: David Rothenberg & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Adaptations

(Side note: I am moving in a couple of days, so this will be my last post until I have settled in at my new place. It will probably be a two-week hiatus, or something like that.) Here’s a great experimental album that I’ve had the pleasure of discovering. It features clarinetist David Rothenberg playing … More Current Listening: David Rothenberg & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Adaptations

Favourite Recording: Carolin Widmann Plays Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra

Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra might not be regularly performed, but it is a great composition that should not be ignored. It is a very delicate piece that is not quite a concerto (at least not in the conventional sense). This recording by ECM features Carolin Widmann as the soloist, supported by the Frankfurt Radio … More Favourite Recording: Carolin Widmann Plays Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra

Favourite Recording: Ligeti and Nørgård Violin Concertos from Christina Åstrand

I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I consider Ligeti’s Violin Concerto to be one of the best violin concertos ever written. Here, we have a fantastic performance of it by violinist Christina Åstrand. In addition to Ligeti’s concerto, we also have Per Nørgård’s Violin Concerto Helle Nacht and his Sonata The Secret … More Favourite Recording: Ligeti and Nørgård Violin Concertos from Christina Åstrand

Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 and Liszt

Before I started listening to this recording, I did expect it to be good; but this recording surpassed my expectation! Van Cliburn was completely right when he said that Nobuyuki Tsujii’s performance has “the power of a healing service.” This recording finds the young pianist perform the classic Rachmaninov’s second Piano Concerto with conductor Yutaka … More Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 and Liszt

Current Listening: Pestova and Meyer Play Stockhausen’s Mantra

It’s everyone’s favourite composer: Karlheinz Stockhausen! Okay, maybe not. Stockhausen’s music is notoriously difficult, but his Mantra is quite accessible compared to many of his other works (providing you have open ears). The work is scored for two pianos, with woodblocks, crotales, and electronics (ring modulation). The structure of the work is, of course, complex, … More Current Listening: Pestova and Meyer Play Stockhausen’s Mantra

Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 and more

If you’re not currently tired of listening to too much Chopin’s E minor piano concerto from the recent Chopin Piano Competition, here’s a very good performance of the concerto from pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, joint winner of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This is a live recording and features the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra … More Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 and more