Favourite Recording: Carolin Widmann Plays Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra

Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra might not be regularly performed, but it is a great composition that should not be ignored. It is a very delicate piece that is not quite a concerto (at least not in the conventional sense). This recording by ECM features Carolin Widmann as the soloist, supported by the Frankfurt Radio … More Favourite Recording: Carolin Widmann Plays Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra

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

Favourite Recording: Hosokawa’s Horn, Piano and Cello Concertos

Toshio Hosokawa is a Japanese composer whose music combines influences from Western music and traditional Japanese music (and Japanese philosophy). He was also a student of the great Korean-born composer Isang Yun. This release by Naxos presents three beautifully crafted concerto works by Hosokawa: the Horn Concerto Moment of Blossoming (with soloist Stefan Dohr), the … More Favourite Recording: Hosokawa’s Horn, Piano and Cello Concertos

Favourite Recording: Bach’s Musical Offering from the Ricercar Consort

Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079 (or The Musical Offering), one of many masterpieces written by J.S. Bach, is a work that is based on a theme given to Bach by Frederick the Great of Prussia. Here, the piece is finely played by the Ricercar Consort, which consists of harpsichordist Maude Gratton, flautist Marc Hantaï, violinist François … More Favourite Recording: Bach’s Musical Offering from the Ricercar Consort

Favourite Recording: Mendelssohn and Schumann Concertos from Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff is an outstanding violinist, and this recording is further proof of that. Here, the warhorse Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor is coupled with Schumann’s lesser-played Violin Concerto in D minor and his Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in C major. Christian Tetzlaff is supported by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra led by … More Favourite Recording: Mendelssohn and Schumann Concertos from Christian Tetzlaff

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)

Favourite Recording: Salonen’s Foreign Bodies, Wing on Wing, and Insomnia

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s compositions never fail to impress me; they are all very original, fresh, and colourful. This recording presents three orchestral works by him, splendidly played by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra led by the composer himself: Foreign Bodies, Wing on Wing, and Insomnia. If you think some parts of Foreign Bodies sound like Salonen’s … More Favourite Recording: Salonen’s Foreign Bodies, Wing on Wing, and Insomnia

Favourite Recording: Salonen Conducts Adams’ Naive and Sentimental Music

John Adams’ Naive and Sentimental Music may not seem as “complex” as many other contemporary works, but Adams has successfully crafted a magnificent work for orchestra. The three movements of the work last about 45 minutes in total. It could easily be called a symphony, but Adams chose not to name it as such (the … More Favourite Recording: Salonen Conducts Adams’ Naive and Sentimental Music

Favourite Recording: Riccardo Chailly’s Messiaen Turangalîla-Symphonie

Olivier Messiaen’s cosmic Turangalîla-Symphonie is, to me, one of the greatest orchestral works ever written. Scored for two soloists (solo piano and ondes Martenot) and orchestra, a performance of the work often lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. With Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano and Takashi Harada on the ondes Martenot, this recording with Riccardo … More Favourite Recording: Riccardo Chailly’s Messiaen Turangalîla-Symphonie

Favourite Recording: Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto et al from Kriikku and Oramo

Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto is one of the best works written for the clarinet, not just within the contemporary repertoire but also of all time. Written specifically for Kari Kriikku, the work is in one movement and lasts about 25 minutes. Kari Kriikku is supported by Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in … More Favourite Recording: Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto et al from Kriikku and Oramo