The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra established itself as a critically-acclaimed ensemble with its release of Grieg’s Holberg Suite in 1979 (two years after the orchestra was formed), since then it has enjoyed international success and has recorded over two-dozen albums with such illustrious artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Tine Thing Helseth, Iona Brown and Truls Mork. Their latest release, Nordic Spring, brings Grieg’s Holberg Suite back to life, along with the luscious music of Atterberg, Svendsen, Nielsen, Braein and Sibelius.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on July 29
John Bull was one of the most successful keyboardists of his day, and a prolific composer whose compositions appeared in the seminal Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. He also wrote sacred music and was organist at Hereford Cathedral. John Bull may have also been a spy (!) for Queen Elizabeth, though this may never be proven (maybe he was a really good spy).
In our Featured Album, Basically Bull, Alan Feinberg presents the less-covert music of John Bull and his Elizabethan peers: William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, Orlando Gibbons, John Blitheman and John Redford.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on July 22
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor is a captivating and widely performed work. It’s filled with subtlety and beauty, and a healthy dose of flash. This week’s Featured Album also includes two works from a very young Felix, who was as much of a prodigy as Mozart. Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang plays with the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä (pronounced YOU-VAS-KUH-LAH), conducted by the legendary flutist Patrick Gallois.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on July 15
Adam Fischer has been the Principal Conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra since 1998, and has since embarked on a ambitious journey to record all of Mozart’s symphonies and operas. Our Featured Album highlights five early symphonies from an 11 year-old. Here’s a sample of some of their work with Mozart’s Idomeneo. Mozart.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on July 8
Our Featured Album is all Beethoven with Quartetto di Cremona. Here they are playing Webern’s ultra-romantic Langsamer Satz.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on May 14