A collection of 7 posts
Schumann Symphonies revealed anew
There are no booklet notes per se to this release; instead, we have five-minute talks by Norrington hismelf. What we do have written down is the approach used here: non-vinrato, orchestral layout (antiphonal for both strings - with a row of dounle-basses at the back - and for brass), for
Beethoven's "Eroica": arranged Scharwenka!
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"
Babel: The Calidore Quartet explores the very nature of communication
Difficult to know what to focus on here: all three pieces have their own special claims. Schumann's string quartets remain, surely, the most cruelly neglected by any major composer? Then there's the magnificence of Shostakovich's Ninth Quartet, not to mention the fresh, contemporary voice of the Pulitzer-wining composer Caroline Shaw