Current Listening: Janine Jansen plays Mendelssohn and Bruch

Two of the most popular Romantic violin concertos are presented here by Janine Jansen with the Gewandhausorchester conducted by Riccardo Chailly: the Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor, and the Bruch Concerto No.1 in G minor. Jansen also includes the short Romance in F major for viola and orchestra by Bruch in between the 2 concertos … More Current Listening: Janine Jansen plays Mendelssohn and Bruch

Listening of the Week: Harnoncourt conducts Schumann

I have been listening to Schumann for the past few days, including this set of recordings from Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. This set contains Schumann’s 4 symphonies, the piano concerto and violin concerto. The symphonies are interpreted wonderfully. Although this is not my personal favourite Schumann symphony cycle, there are many … More Listening of the Week: Harnoncourt conducts Schumann

Favorite Recording: Tetzlaff and Harding rock Widmann’s music

This 2007 violin concerto is amazing. The recording presented here contains 3 works from the German clarinet virtuoso and composer Jörg Widmann. What draws me to this particular disc? I first saw a performance of Widmann violin concerto performed by Christian Tetzlaff from the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall website, and I was entranced. The … More Favorite Recording: Tetzlaff and Harding rock Widmann’s music

Drawing: Red Doll

Here is a retouched version of a drawing I made 2 years ago. The old version was more plain with some details I did not like, so I decided to retouch it. You can see the final version below. kanN

Favorite Recording: Hilary Hahn plays Schoenberg/Sibelius

When I woke up this morning, the Sibelius violin concerto was playing in my head. Well, what do we have here. Hilary Hahn, one of my favourite violinists, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, one of my favourite conductors (and composers), along with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, perform the Schoenberg and Sibelius violin concertos (the Sibelius is … More Favorite Recording: Hilary Hahn plays Schoenberg/Sibelius

Current Listening: Schnittke’s Piano Concertos 1-3 played by Kupiec

It’s dark. It’s disturbing. It’s Schnittke. This disc, Alfred Schnittke – Die Klavierkonzerte, or The Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3, is probably the only one out there (so far) that includes all 3 piano concertos written by Schnittke. The pieces are arranged on the disc in chronological order, with Ewa Kupiec on piano (Maria Lettberg joins … More Current Listening: Schnittke’s Piano Concertos 1-3 played by Kupiec