Favourite Recording: Ligeti and Nørgård Violin Concertos from Christina Åstrand

I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I consider Ligeti’s Violin Concerto to be one of the best violin concertos ever written. Here, we have a fantastic performance of it by violinist Christina Åstrand. In addition to Ligeti’s concerto, we also have Per Nørgård’s Violin Concerto Helle Nacht and his Sonata The Secret … More Favourite Recording: Ligeti and Nørgård Violin Concertos from Christina Åstrand

Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 and Liszt

Before I started listening to this recording, I did expect it to be good; but this recording surpassed my expectation! Van Cliburn was completely right when he said that Nobuyuki Tsujii’s performance has “the power of a healing service.” This recording finds the young pianist perform the classic Rachmaninov’s second Piano Concerto with conductor Yutaka … More Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 and Liszt

Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 and more

If you’re not currently tired of listening to too much Chopin’s E minor piano concerto from the recent Chopin Piano Competition, here’s a very good performance of the concerto from pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, joint winner of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This is a live recording and features the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra … More Current Listening: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 and more

Favourite Recordings: Webern Complete Works (with Opus Numbers)

This is a classic box set of Anton Webern’s music reissued by Sony Classical. It contains all of Webern’s works with opus numbers and two arrangements of Bach and Schubert (Fuga (Ricercata) a 6 voci BWV 1079 and Deutsche Tänze D.820, respectively). All orchestral and ensemble works are conducted by Pierre Boulez, and the orchestral … More Favourite Recordings: Webern Complete Works (with Opus Numbers)

Current Listening: Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories from Sabine Liebner

Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, composed in 1981, is a vast work for solo piano. Patterns of notes and chords are repeated, creating a spellbinding world of sound. Typical performances of the work last well over an hour. Pianist Sabine Liebner’s performance is one of the longest recorded, lasting over two hours; on the other hand, … More Current Listening: Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories from Sabine Liebner

Current Listening: Takemitsu’s Piano Music Played By Kotaro Fukuma

Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu may not have composed very much piano music, but his works for solo piano have become an important part of the twentieth century repertoire. On this Naxos recording, Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma gives a fine performance of Takemitsu’s piano works. Along with more well-known works like Uninterrupted Rest, Piano Distance and … More Current Listening: Takemitsu’s Piano Music Played By Kotaro Fukuma

Favourite Recording: Boulez’s Répons and Dialogue de l’ombre double

Pierre Boulez’s music may not be “easy listening,” but these 2 compositions by the French composer are outstanding. Répons is a masterpiece of contemporary music, and Dialogue de l’ombre double is an excellent composition for clarinet (or flute, bassoon, saxophone, and more recently, recorder). Répons is fantastically performed by the Ensemble intercontemporain led by Boulez … More Favourite Recording: Boulez’s Répons and Dialogue de l’ombre double

Favourite Recording: Sviatoslav Richter’s Legendary Rachmaninov Concerto and Preludes

Sviatoslav Richter’s performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stanislaw Wislocki is one of the best and unique versions of this concerto you will hear. Richter’s virtuosity on the piano is undeniable, and he flows quite freely in this concerto. The orchestra does a great job as well, … More Favourite Recording: Sviatoslav Richter’s Legendary Rachmaninov Concerto and Preludes

Favourite Recording: Salonen’s Helix, Piano Concerto, and Dichotomie

Why are these pieces not frequently performed yet? Why??? When will they enter the repertory? This recording features 3 brilliant works by composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: a short tone-poem “Helix” for orchestra, the Piano Concerto played beautifully by Yefim Bronfman, and “Dichotomie” for piano solo (also played by Bronfman). The orchestral works are played by the … More Favourite Recording: Salonen’s Helix, Piano Concerto, and Dichotomie

Current Listening: Pascal Rogé plays Piano Works by Erik Satie

These short solo piano works by Erik Satie are played beautifully by Pascal Rogé in these performances recorded in 1983. The pieces presented here include the famous three Gymnopédies, the six Gnossiennes, and other piano works (for the full track-listing, please check out the album on Decca’s website). This album is a pleasure to listen … More Current Listening: Pascal Rogé plays Piano Works by Erik Satie