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 thoughts on(…)

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 moments(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 7 of 18 in the series Con­sumer Reports

This entry is part 7 of 18 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 his(…)

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 No.(…)

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(…)

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 symphonies,(…)

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 Zawinul’s(…)

… 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(…)