Current Listening: Lachenmann’s String Quartets from Arditti Quartet

When I first discovered Helmut Lachenmann’s music, my ears didn’t know what to do. There is not much that can be considered “conventional” in his works. Nevertheless, I believe that Lachenmann is a very important composer of our time (his birthday was actually just 2 days ago, on November 27th). This disc here from the … More Current Listening: Lachenmann’s String Quartets from Arditti Quartet

Current Listening: David Rothenberg & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Adaptations

(Side note: I am moving in a couple of days, so this will be my last post until I have settled in at my new place. It will probably be a two-week hiatus, or something like that.) Here’s a great experimental album that I’ve had the pleasure of discovering. It features clarinetist David Rothenberg playing … More Current Listening: David Rothenberg & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Adaptations

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

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