Robert Smith specialises in Baroque cello and viola da gamba. I enjoyed his contribution to the group Concerto Delaborde in France in 2019, and to La Gazette Musicale in a fabulous performance of Boccherini as part of the same Baroque Itinéraire 2017 Festival (review). Today we're focusing on Smith's most
Composers interacting with other composers' music is a fascinating subject. From virtuoso 19th century pianists transcribing Bach organ works for the piano to the likes of Wendy Carlos and Leopold Stokowski, each offers us an opportunity not only to revel in the new but to remind ourselves of the strengths
Two high-profile pianists have released their interpretations of Bach's Goldberg Variations, on two major labels, Hyperion and Deutsche Grammofon. Pavel Kolesnikov, on Hyperion, presents a performance that is shot full of integrity, and often revelatory, on one disc. The other, Lang Lang, offers two performances, one live and one studio,
The record label Chateau de Versailles Spectacles is known for lavishly presented recordings of predominantly early music by some of the finest - and best-known - performers of today: Ton Koopman, Hervé Niquet, François-Xavier Roth, Robert King, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh ... This disc was something a little different.