Across the Stars – Anne-Sophie Mutter plays film music by John Williams – Dracula, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Star Wars [The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles; Deutsche Grammophon]
Anne-Sophie Mutter isn’t the first violinist to record the film music of John Williams – Itzhak Perlman played two items on his Cinema Paradiso album
On September 6 Alan Gilbert led his first concert as Chief Conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester; it was an ambitious affair (review below) and
Lean and lithe are two descriptions of John Eliot Gardiner’s approach to Robert Schumann’s music. Add in atmospheric and dramatic for the Overture to Genoveva
Joseph Nolan plays Charles-Marie Widor’s Complete Organ Works at La Madeleine Paris & other venues [Signum Classics]
Lyon-born Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937; Signum’s annotation mistakenly reports 1834) is consigned to that unhappy band of composers known chiefly for a single piece (“Widor’s Toccata”)
Three weeks before he died in East Berlin in September 1962, Hanns Eisler talked to his long-time interlocutor Hans Bunge about his headache of a
Rimma Sushanskaya conducts Mozart – Figaro Overture, PC21 K467 (John Lenehan), Exsultate K165 (Grace Davidson), Symphony 40 [Guild]
I must declare an interest. I wrote the booklet note for this issue, but did not hear the recordings prior to receiving the finished product.
Part of The Orlando Consort’s projected twelve-disc exploration for Hyperion of the composer-poet Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-1377), this collection draws on a popular example of
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Richard Strauss – Zarathustra, Tod, Till, Salome [Decca]
A glorious Sunrise cues Riccardo Chailly’s account of Zarathustra – a perfectly calibrated crescendo from low rumbles via gleaming trumpets and powerful timpani strokes to
David Matthews’s five-movement Ninth Symphony (2016, part of Kenneth Woods’s 21st Century Symphony Project) is a discovery indeed – so impressive in this day and
If you want autobiographical pianism, a man in search of himself, looking back, remembering, lingering over a passage here, a note there, digging into the
This impressive release from Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Lana Bode fashions a commentary on the position of Women in the World and expectations of their silence.