Recording of the Week: Kristian Bezuidenhout , Mozart: Keyboard Music Vols. 8 & 9

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Recording of the Week

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Recording of the Week Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano This two disc set is the conclusion of Bezuidenhout’s series of recordings of Mozart on the fortepiano, all on Harmonia Mundi. Bezuidenhout has not recorded all of Mozart’s piano compositions, but the series amounts to a substantial body(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series Consumer Reports

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series Consumer ReportsBecause it’s the time of year you should also spend some money on yourself, here’s another Consumer Reports … Theodor Currentzis’ excellent, refreshing recording of Le Nozze di Figaro has a spot on my top classical recordings for 2014, and if that interests you(…)

The Mozart-ologue

(A review of New York City Opera’s Cosí fan tutte, and a dialogue with Olivia Giovetti) Dear Olivia: Now that I’ve seen New York City Opera’s new production of Cosí fan tutte, I’m caught up with you, and I’ve also quickly found myself in a similar position. I have a one-word takeaway: excellent. We have(…)

Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Le Concert Des Nations: Mozart, Requiem

[amazon_enhanced asin=”B004DY5B2Q” /]Jordi Savall is one of the leading music-makers of any kind in all the world. The range of his accomplishments is beyond those of mere mortals; a virtuosic, improvising gamba player, a conductor, musicologist and impressario, everything he does balances ambition and accomplishment, intellectual investigation and simple pleasure. His musical values come together(…)

Baby Playlist #1

Mozart Sonatas K332/300k, K333/315c, K457 Die Zauberflöte (recommended recording ) John Adams; Grand Pianola Music Steve Reich: Variations for WInds, Strings and Keyboards, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, Six Pianos UPDATED: Now with cute picture of baby as Eustace Tilley

September Songs

I don’t have the standard recommended listings this month; since the performing season gets its official start, I’ll be doing some individual posts on different organizations, what they’ve been doing and what they have coming up. Expect the usual suspects, i.e. City Opera, the Phil, Miller Theater, Issue Project Room . . . I do(…)


Mozart’s music has excellent and enviable social skills – that is one of its aesthetic values. At it’s best, it seeks to please not by pandering or being superficially agreeable, but by sincerely expressing charm, fluency, curiosity, empathy, humor and the display of common bonds. It is dignified but never stiff, it is witty and(…)

Somewhat Mozart

It’s a first for me, actually attending a Mostly Mozart event. In the past, I had never been interested in it. It was inaugurated with the aesthetic of Mozart as palatable, easy-listening type music, meant to provide low energy charm for a midsummer evening’s snooze in the air-conditioned concert hall, and unfortunate cultural aspect of(…)