Elīna Garanča – Wiener Philharmoniker – Christian Thielemann: Live From Salzburg

Artists and audiences alike felt a deep sense of loss when the pandemic put a sudden end to live performances last year. The ability to enjoy digital concerts online was some consolation, but as nothing can quite match the magic of direct contact between performer and audience, the few live concerts that were able to go ahead during this period were particularly meaningful. Set for release on 3 December, Live from Salzburg documents two such remarkable events, featuring mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča’s appearances at the Salzburg Festival in the summers of 2020 and 2021 with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann.

Dedicated to K.L. ♥️

Mariss Jansons conduct Bruckner

There are many wonderful recordings of the Eighth, surprising given its difficulties. This one, with the rich-toned Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, deserves a place with all but the very greatest. Mariss Jansons’s eye for balance and detail is prodigious: even in the grandest, loudest passages the clarity he achieves is extraordinary, perhaps above all in the last movement, where for once Bruckner’s need to crown the work with something worthy of the first three movements is satisfied. No lover of this symphony will be content with less than half a dozen recordings, and this should undoubtedly be among them. [Source]

BEETHOVEN – Piano Concerto No. 1 / Buchbinder / Thielemann

Following on from his recent debut album for DG focused around Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, the celebrated pianist and renowned Beethoven specialist Rudolf Buchbinder rejoins the celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary that come to a climax with a breath-taking live performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with his long-time friend Christian Thielemann conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. Recorded in 2016 the recording is also the first release on DG of Christian Thielemann and the Berliner Philharmoniker. The album is completed with a recording by Buchbinder of Beethoven’s six variations for piano op. 34.

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has announced his next album will be released this coming November

‘Silver Age’ will include works by Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, the album recalls a time when Russia’s composers, poets, artists, dramatists and star performers were among the most original anywhere in the world. ‘Silver Age’ illustrates the artistic audacity and brilliance of a turbulent era in the country’s history with works by three of its most pioneering composers. [Source]

Reflektor Manfred Eicher

The prestigious concert hall Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has invited Manfred Eicher to curate the “Reflektor” festival programme from February 3 – 6 2020.
“Reflektor Manfred Eicher” will feature outstanding ECM and ECM New Series concerts with Arvo Part , Louis Sclavis Quartet, Heiner Goebbels, Kim Kashkashian, Anouar Brahem أنور ابراهم, Meredith Monk, Egberto Gismonti & Avishai Cohen Music Quartet, and Anja Lechner & Pablo Márquez.

An exclusive listening session with Manfred Eicher will be opening the festival on Sunday February 2.

Detailed information and tickets are available online at:

https://www.elbphilharmonie.de/de/festivals/reflektor-manfred-eicher/548

Abbey Road 50: Wagner, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven

5️⃣0️⃣ Our team got inspired by this graphic from Bayerische Rundfunk celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the iconic Abbey Road photo shoot. This playlist begins with the prelude to ‘Tristan & Isolde’, continues with Beethoven 3 (II) over Bach’s ‘Mass in B Minor’ (Agnus Dei Part 1) ending with Mozart 40 (IV). What do you think of our choices of recordings? Kleiber, Abbado, Karajan, Bernstein! Please leave you comments below. 🎼

Dedicated to Per Erik Veng.

John Adams – Roll Over Beethoven

Joseph Havlat & Philip Moore from the LSO Percussion Ensemble perform ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ by John Adams. Filmed at LSO Eclectica: East meets West – proudly supported by Reignwood. Recorded March 2018 at LSO St Luke’s.

Joseph Havlat & Philip Moore from the LSO Percussion Ensemble perform ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ by John Adams. Filmed at LSO Eclectica: East meets West – proudly supported by Reignwood. Recorded March 2018 at LSO St Luke’s.