Concert review: Chopin a real presence in Jan Lisiecki piano recital at Koerner Hall
On Sunday afternoon in Koerner Hall as part of the Invesco Piano Concerts, Jan Lisiecki performed both the Op. 10 and Op. 25 Études by Frédéric Chopin, the romantic master of the piano, with great subtlety and charm. This was a concert to be savoured by those who love piano music from the romantic period in general, and Chopin’s works in particular.
Album review: A fine sampler of music by hot young American composer Mohammed Fairouz
Although he is only in his late-20s, American composer Mohammed Fairouz
has already written prolifically for chamber and symphonic collaborators. He has even written an opera. Thanks to a recent release by Naxos, we can sample some of his chamber music through some fantastic interpretations.
RECORD KEEPING | It's All In The Oboes
Albrecht Mayer offers a well-chosen selection of compositions near flawlessly executed by one of the foremost oboists of our time.
CD Review | Cecilia Bartoli Sheds Light On Old Russia
Just a few weeks ago, I was standing in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg admiring its vast holdings of mostly European art, pondering the vision of the great Eighteenth Century tsaritsas, especially Catherine the Great (1729-96) who made it all possible. Now comes this imaginative CD researched and performed by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, celebrating the music from this period. I was primed and ready, you might say, to enjoy this new release and it didn’t disappoint me...
FITS & BURSTS | Jan Lisiecki’s star shines brightly with TSO: review
A symphony concert featuring Beethoven and Mozart is as regular as regular gets. But when you combine it with the young piano dynamo Jan Lisiecki, visiting Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard and clinch it with Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, you have something much more interesting.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Sarah Connolly's "Come To Me In My Dreams" A Lullaby Album For Grownups
Dame Sarah Connolly's "Come to me in my Dreams" avoids the typical art song pitfalls, and delivers a confidential recital of songs from the vaults of the Royal College of Music.
BOOK REVIEW | Play Life More Beautifully: Conversations with Seymour
By Robin Roger on February 12, 2016
Over 245 pages, Seymour and Andrew explore debate, and banter about the a diverse and rich range of shared matters of urgent importance to them, including their personal histories, spiritual quests, notions of the divine, being learners and teachers and their feeling about creativity, solitude, relatedness to animals and more.