Recordings

That Lang Lang is a prodigiously gifted talent is unarguable. Watching him can be a problem though – as André Previn identified in a recent (October 2008) interview. Countering this...
The pizzicatos and shadowy lines that launch Nikolai Roslavets’s Violin Concerto No.1 immediately grab the attention, the violin soloist emerging from the texture, soaring, rather as in Szymanowski’s counterpart. Russian...
Another welcome live Verdi under Carlo Maria Giulini, but in a work that he returned to in the recording studio, very much later in his career. It is immediately interesting...
Recorded with wonderful presence and fidelity (both to matters tonal and dynamic), Murray Perahia’s exploration of four of the lesser-played of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas (itself a programming coup) finds...
Some discs simply demand to be heard and this is one of them. A few months ago BBC Legends released Rudolf Serkin playing, with magnificently uncompromising power, the Diabelli Variations....
Typically Maurizio Pollini gives us quality rather than quantity in a programme designed by almost-sequential opus numbers but re-ordered as a very satisfying sequence.The opening of the F major Ballade...
Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz won the 2005 Chopin International Competition and duly made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon – appropriately it was all of Chopin’s Preludes (477 6592). For...
Every recital must have a theme. The title of this one suggests a duality which encompasses some of the content; it would be stretching things to say all. Another partially...
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