sat 10/04/2021

Schoenberg

Classical CDs Weekly: Timo Andres, Berlioz, Schoenberg

 Timo Andres: Home Stretch Timo Andres (piano), Metropolis Ensemble/Andrew Cyr (Nonesuch)Begin with Timo Andres’s realisation of Mozart’s Coronation piano concerto. Mozart omitted to write down the soloist’s left hand part, so Andres provides...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Bruckner, Schoenberg, Schubert

 Bach: Double and Triple Concertos Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque (Channel Classics)This is the most effervescent, zingy Bach Double Concerto I’ve heard. Close your eyes, don a pair of headphones, and listen to Rachel Podger and Bojan...

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Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall

The magic usually descends quickly in a Mitsuko Uchida recital but the opening Bach of this rescheduled Festival Hall concert - a pair of Preludes and Fugues from Book 2 of The Well-Tempered Klavier - took a while to draw attention from the farthest...

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Worden, BBC Concert Orchestra, de Ridder, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Who’d have guessed a full house for the third of The Rest is Noise festival’s Berlin nights? This time there were no obvious superstars, unless you follow singer-songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and you know the impeccable track-...

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Upshaw, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tognetti, Cadogan Hall

“Well that was bloody fantastic,” a broad Aussie accent declared from somewhere behind me at the end of Ravel’s String Quartet in F major. And that’s the thing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra – it’s just that simple. Their concert...

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WNO Orchestra, Koenigs, St David's Hall, Cardiff

“Blessed are the dead”, sings Brahms in the final movement of his German Requiem. And as far as the rest of this concert was concerned it was perhaps just as well. In Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, the children are all dead; and in Schoenberg’s...

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Holland Panorama, Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Isn’t it strange how national talent goes by subject? Put on a blockbuster exhibition of Dutch painting and the queue will stretch to the Embankment. But can you imagine a festival of Dutch music? Sweelinck (d 1652) and Andriessen (b 1939) more or...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Stephen Hough, Joby Talbot, Schoenberg

This week we've a glittering, shimmering ballet score with an aquatic theme, and a brilliant British pianist shows off his compositional skills. Plus, in a week where we all need cheering up, 20th-century music's scariest genius shows that he...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Górecki, Haydn, Shostakovich, Second Viennese School

Second Viennese School quartets: 'Music which can curdle milk, so make sure the fridge door is closed'

It’s string-quartet Saturday – a young German group tackle Soviet classics and a rejuvenated Russian quartet smile with Haydn. There’s music from a contemporary Polish master and exquisitely uncomfortable fin-de-siècle music from Vienna....

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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rattle, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Anything anyone else can do, we can do better, seemed the mantra last night. It's probably a bit churlish to accuse the finest orchestra in the world of arrogance - surely that's their job? But the first night of the Berlin Philharmonic's four-...

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Mattila, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rattle, Royal Albert Hall

My abiding memory of the Berlin Philharmonic’s second Prom under Sir Simon Rattle on Saturday will be of 6,000 people listening with rapt, or at any rate silent, concentration to Schoenberg, Webern and Berg. Has it ever happened before? Perhaps...

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Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim, Royal Festival Hall

The returns queue gets longer and so does the wait – considerably longer than the 69 minutes of programmed music in this the second of the Daniel Barenboim Beethoven/Schoenberg series. But what a satisfying two–course meal it was: Schoenberg’s “...

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