BANFF | Scaling New Heights For Classical Music: A Field Report From Banff Centre
Our field report of Banff Centre's cultural renaissance on the world stage. Part one: revamping their Summer Classical Music programs.
Concert review: Lack of consistency detracted from Tafelmusik Handel Celebration
The period-instrument orchestra, joined by the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and conductor Ivars Taurins, constructed its Handel Celebration programme in two parts, each made to resemble the dramatic arc of an oratorio, with an optimistic opening, sombre middle and celebratory close.
Concert review: Vienna Philharmonic more concened with technique than musical story
I couldn’t help asking myself that question at Roy Thomson Hall on Wednesday night as the storied Vienna Philharmonic performed a programme whose express mission was to show off everything these fine musicians can do.
CD Reviews: Brooklyn Rider puts a hipster spin on Beethoven string quartet, and The Knights search for peace in repetition
Among the hippest of the hip classical musicians these days are New York City’s Brooklyn Rider, who have released their fifth album, built around Ludwig van Beethoven’s epic, five-movement String Quartet No. 14.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Federico Colli Goes Loud And Proud In New Scarlatti Release
The fact that a pianist at the start of his career is prepared to defy the rule makers and play Scarlatti on a modern concert grand restores our faith in musical free-thinkers.
Book review: Klaus Heymann and Naxos the unlikley titans of classical music recording
By John Terauds on September 16, 2012
It’s a tale Klaus Heymann, the founder of Naxos, clearly wants told as his company — now a colossus in the music business — celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
RECORD KEEPING | One Orchestra, Two Very Different Conductors
Two resurrected favourites emerge this week, with Guido Cantelli and Herbert von Karajan both heading the Philharmonia Orchestra.
RECORD KEEPING | Daniel Barenboim Releases First Recording On His Controversial Piano
Daniel Barenboim's new Maene-Barenboim piano has received a lot of media hype in the piano world. But is justified?
DVD Review: The Great Mass makes for an even greater ballet by Uwe Scholz
I have been seduced by The Great Mass, a 1998 large-scale ballet anchored on Mozart’s masterpiece by the German choreographer Uwe Scholz, who died in 2004, aged 45.
Daily album review 21: Andrew Davis and Edward Elgar reintroduce adults to childhood wonder
As edited, rewritten and rearranged by conductor Sir Andrew Davis, music by Sir Edward Elgar’s (1857-1934) and story by Algernon Henry Blackwood (1869-1951) become nearly two hours of magic on this 2-CD Chandos release.