Tag Archives: Beethoven

Civilised classics in the Alps: Sir András Schiff and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Verbier Festival: Sir András Schiff/VFCO *** Salle des Combins, 28th July 2016 There cannot be many more spectacular views enjoyed during a concert interval than that from the terrace of the Salle des Combins, the main venue for the Verbier Festival. … Continue reading

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Tales of Hoffmann and the Hammerklavier: Yuja Wang scales summits in Verbier

Verbier Festival: Yuja Wang *** Salle des Combins, 27th July 2016 Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has forged a stellar reputation thus far founded on flashy repertoire. Her Rachmaninov is dazzling, as is her Ravel. Recently though, she has taken steps … Continue reading

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Polished Glass: a persuasive Ninth from the Bruckner Orchester Linz

Bruckner Orchester Linz/Russell Davies *** Cadogan Hall, 22nd April 2016 It’s easy to knock Philip Glass’ symphonies. Chugging rhythms, rippling arpeggios, a sense of bombast, numbing repetition – his compositional fingerprints are easy to decipher. Yet I find them pleasing, … Continue reading

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Dancing bear, tame beasts: Insula Orchestra tackles Beethoven

Beethoven: Angelich; Insula/Equilbey *** Philharmonie, Paris, 8th February 2016 Orpheus taming the wild beasts: for years, this description of the slow movement in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto was attributed to Franz Liszt. The strings growl angrily, the solo piano (Orpheus … Continue reading

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Exuberant playing as the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Beethoven cycle begins

Beethoven: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle **** Philharmonie, Berlin, 3rd October 2015 After the slow, mysterious B flat minor introduction to Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, as if running fingers along castle walls in darkness to grope your way, the moment the Berliner Philharmoniker hit … Continue reading

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