Showing posts from November, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW | Sibelius & Hillborg | BBC Symphony Orchestra/Batiashvili & Oramo | Barbican, London | "By means of sheer alertness of playing and orchestral balance, the scintillating pulse underlying the outward chaste was outlined"

CONCERT REVIEW | Ruders, Shostakovich, & R. Strauss | BBC Symphony Orchestra/Abduraimov, Thomas, & Søndergård | Barbican, London | "...things were eventually held together under the wise baton of Søndergård"

ESSAYS | Rearrangements Reconsidered

RECORDING REVIEW | Brahms | Georgian & Gililov / Weber & Lundberg | "...the velvet depth of Weber’s Stradivari-Cello “Suggia” forms a formidable unity with Lundberg’s clear-eyed poeticism"

RECORDING REVIEW | Wagner | Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Volle & Fritzsch | "The sinew that resides in the lower registers of Volle’s klang gains a golden nobility in notes of higher planes"

CONCERT REVIEW | Bruckner | London Philharmonic Orchestra/Renes | RFH, London | "Notable Brucknerian interpretations in the past have hence shown how less can be more, just as the Dutch conductor Lawrence Renes demonstrated"

CONCERT REVIEW | Beethoven, Brahms, & Tchaikovsky | Philharmonia Orchestra/Yoo & Steffens | RFH, London | "There is a fine line between a performance being overtly self-conscious and having a distinct personal mark. The performance of tonight gravitated toward the latter"