Favourite Recordings: Webern Complete Works (with Opus Numbers)

This is a classic box set of Anton Webern’s music reissued by Sony Classical. It contains all of Webern’s works with opus numbers and two arrangements of Bach and Schubert (Fuga (Ricercata) a 6 voci BWV 1079 and Deutsche Tänze D.820, respectively). All orchestral and ensemble works are conducted by Pierre Boulez, and the orchestral … More Favourite Recordings: Webern Complete Works (with Opus Numbers)

Listening of the Week: Günter Wand’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle

I don’t plan on making too many posts on older recordings, but this lovely box set seems to be asking me to make a post on it. Günter Wand was a great German conductor whose Bruckner recordings are regarded as legendary. This box set here contains his Beethoven symphony cycle recorded with the NDR-Sinfonieorchester (NDR … More Listening of the Week: Günter Wand’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle

Listening of the Week: Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Mozart Piano Concertos

I listened to a lot of Mozart last week, and most of it came from Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Mozart Piano Concertos cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra. This box set contains all 27 of Mozart piano concertos as well as the Rondo in D major and Rondo in A major. Most of them are played by Ashkenazy … More Listening of the Week: Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Mozart Piano Concertos

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

Listening of the Week: Bernard Haitink’s Brahms Cycle with the LSO

Here’s another box set from the LSO Live label. This time, it’s Bernard Haitink’s Brahms symphony cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. Aside from the 4 symphonies, the recordings also include Brahms’ Double Concerto, Serenade No.2, and the Tragic Overture. Overall, the pieces are all nicely performed. My favourite among these performances is probably the … More Listening of the Week: Bernard Haitink’s Brahms Cycle with the LSO

Listening of the Week: Paul Crossley’s dreamy Debussy piano works

I meant to post this one sooner, but I have been quite busy for the past few days. Back on topic, I was listening to a lot of Debussy played by Paul Crossley. The 4CD box set issued by Sony contains Debussy’s complete solo piano works played by the lovely pianist Paul Crossley. The set … More Listening of the Week: Paul Crossley’s dreamy Debussy piano works

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