Showing posts from October, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW | Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov | St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra/Dmitriev & Donohoe | Cadogan Hall, London | "Dmitriev demonstrated that discipline and intensity of playing alone, without attempts for interpretation, was sufficient to generate a great performance"

RECORDING REVIEW | Kokkonen | Väyrynen, Väyrynen, & Lehtola | "I am won over by Kokkonen’s towering originality and impact, especially in the powerful performance of the Requiem"

RECORDING REVIEW | Enescu | BBC Philharmonic/Rozhdestvensky | "Under the baton of Rozhdestvensky, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra have a distinctively soviet contour, with astringent strings and vivid orchestral attacks"

CONCERT REVIEW | Mozart & Bruckner | London Philharmonic Orchestra/Goode & Jurowski | RFH, London | "I was far from moved with Jurowski’s awkward handling of chorale- and Ländler-based ideas, the dichotomy of the sacred and profane so integral in Bruckner’s musical personality"