What better way to spend a Sunday than with some chamber music performed at the highest level? This is a lovely litle programme ("Auftakt" means "Prelude," or "Upbeat" in teh musical sense. so I hope there's more to come!). Here, two towering masters of the Austro-Germanic tradition sandwich a fascinating
Beethoven's Third Symphony, the "Eroica," is embedded in any musician's consciousness. It has been played regularly since the date of its composition and in the recorded era has unsurprisingly generated a cornucopia of recordings. Small surprise the market is flooded. And yet here is an arrangement of the mighty "Eroica"
These new recordings of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas were recorded in Mechelen, in the heart of Flanders, home of Beethoven's grandfather, a bass singer who inspired the great composer. These are performances of great spirit and expertise from Martin Foyle and Maksim Štšura. Volume One contains the first two sonatas from
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
Previously on Classical Explorer, we looked at performances of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas by James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong on Onyx; here's a disc of three sonatas by a similarly youthful duo: Frank Peter Zimmermann and Martin Helmchen. This new BIS disc presents the Sonatas Nos. 5-7, which means it