Beethoven

The Artist, Hero

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Greatest Hits

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Greatest Hits(For the season, and my Winter Fundraiser, I’m reposting some old favorites.) Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, the “Eroica,” premiered the night of April 7, 1805. And thus began Romanticism, with what sounds, still, like cannon fire. If the Classic style of Vienna presents the composers(…)

Beethoven, My Brother

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Greatest Hits

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Greatest Hits(For the season, and my Winter Fundraiser, I’m reposting some old favorites.) We all have our madeleines.  This morning I sat in a waiting room, and the Beethoven Violin Concerto came over the radio.  Lost time came in search of me, a mass of(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Consumer Reports

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Consumer ReportsLooking out for your dollars, so you don’t have to … Must Haves and New Releases * DG is releasing a new Claudio Abbado Mahler cycle. This one collects his live recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and completely supersedes(…)

PLAYLIST Week 1, 2014

Great recordings of masterpieces from the romantic era. All highly recommended, especially the upcoming Harmonia Mundi releases: Otto Klemperer, Philarhamonia Orchestra, New Phlharmonia Orchestra: Gustav Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 9, Das Lied von der Erde Friedrich Gulda, Beethoven: 32 Piano Sonatas, Variations, Bagatelles Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70(…)

Music I Loved – February 2013

For the shortest month, February was packed with new and upcoming releases that I loved. Taken together with music that was released or previewed in January, I already have a short-list for finest recordings of the year, and my pleasure in listening to these recordings assures me firmly that I will be enjoying them just(…)

Keepin' It Real

Links and Lists: You’ve read my Jazz Critics Poll ballot, now find the final, tabulated results here, results in all categorieshere, the list of individual ballotshere, and the top 10 essay from Francis Davis, the head mofo in charge. Daniel Barenboim’s new recording of the Beethoven symphonies with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was one of(…)

The Year in Beethoven

Beethoven is eternal, the calendar just marks time. But we note things that happened during a year and remember it that way, and we reward things from a given you, so it’s time to look at the year in Beethoven. You might find a good gift: If you all you know of Beethoven is the(…)

Coming Out Parties

This month, two young pianists are making splashy debuts. One of them is no stranger to classical music fans, that’s Jeremy Denk, who already has a few self-produced CDs, including a great recording of the Ives Concord Sonata to his name, as well as a well-known blog and published articles in the New Yorker and(…)

April Playlist

Recommended recordings, new and old: Jerome Sabbagh, Plugged In, on the Bee Jazz label, is packed full of great thinking and playing, it touches on many styles but subverts them all into the Sabbagh’s overall conception, which has grown in both focus and expansiveness. Jozef Dumoulin’s keyboard work, from both the hard-bop tradition and Joe(…)

… And In Other News …

I’m not bedding down at Galapagos yet, but I’ve been there, seen that and had some stuff to say about it, specifically Anti Social Music, Darcy James Argue, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Chris Thile. Sorry about the Web 1.0 formatting, we’re still ironing out the back-end. Also, for you Beethoven lovers, which is all of(…)