Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

For the past five years or so I've posted reviews of classical music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, in various places on the web: Amazon.com, iTunes and other sites. I'll collect those earlier reviews, and add four or five new ones every month.

"Music, both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like." - Thomas Coryat, after hearing 3 hours of music at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice, 1608.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fresh and vital concerto recording

From May 19, 2014:


As the complete Shostakovich symphony series on Naxos proceeded, the release of each of Vasily Petrenko’s CDs with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic impressed me even more. The critical response to the series has been almost universally positive. Now that the series is coming to an end, it’s time for this talented conductor to look to other music by the great Soviet composer. In this new Ondine release of the cello concertos, Petrenko has an equally talented instrumentalist in cellist Truls Mork, and a fine orchestra as well: the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Though nothing could completely overshadow the classic recordings by the original cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, these performances provide a fresh and vital look at two of the 20th century’s finest concertos.

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