Albums, Videos & Books

A violent attack against El Sistema

A violent attack against “The System” in the form of a wet firecracker. This new rag, because that’s what it truly is, created a unique situation when it disappeared from the ...

Big Success For ICMA Ceremony And Gala In Ankara

The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) organized their Award Ceremony and Gala Concert, 28 March at the Bilkent Concert Hall in Warsaw, hosted by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra conducted by ...

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé in Vaughan William’s Pastoral Symphony

It looks like Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé orchestra might bring us the Vaughan Williams symphony cycle par excellence of the 21st century. Recommended without hesitation. The British composer Ralph ...

Clefs d’Or ResMusica 2014 : the winners

The Clefs d'Or ResMusica 2014, Awarded to the Outstanding Releases of the Year. The 2014 prize list focuses on discovery and rediscovery ! Topping the list is the last recording of the ...

Ekaterina Litvintseva, the Arctic Circle pianist

Ekaterina Litvintseva emphasizes her youth and sensitivity in a convincing all-Rachmaninoff program. Everyone already knows about Hélène Grimaud and her wolves; perhaps now when we think of Ekaterina Litvintseva, we will ...

The Leonard Bernstein Letters, a jubilant and luxuriant book

A work that is at once appealing, captivating, even fascinating andengaging, superabundant, made up of 650 letters, memos and notes, selected, prioritized, with detailed care and foresight, with thoughtful rigor ...

Excellent, but necessary? Christian Tetzlaff plays Shostakovich’s Violin Concertos

The Finnish record label Ondine seems to be quite interested in Shostakovich right now. Since late 2013, Ondine has released four Shostakovich discs: two featuring vocal-orchestral works, and two featuring ...

Lindberg sets a new reference for Pettersson’s Symphonies No. 4 and 16

Every release of Pettersson music under Christian Lindberg's guidance has set the new reference for each work in question. The Swedish composer Allan Pettersson wrote possibly the most physically, emotionally, and ...

The Pasta mystery

This new hefty tome by Kenneth Stern, like Opera In America, A Cultural History, by John Dizkes, reviewed here a few weeks ago, belongs to what one might call the ...

Kalevi Aho continues his world-music explorations

After Osmo Vänskä became music director of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003, it was not unexpected that he would commission a work from Aho. The composer writes that he was ...

Opera in America, a cultural history

Opera in America, a cultural history, by John Dizikes, can be read simultaneously as a pictorial work (simply because its numerous illustrations play a fundamental role in the text, are ...

Accessible Magnus Lindberg, the New York edition

Magnus Lindberg raised some eyebrows when he was appointed composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic for the seasons 2009-11 (extended to 2012). This move was interpreted by many that the ...

ICMA 2014 : The winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced the Awards for 2014. Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, 78, is honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the most eminent ...

Splendid Stigmatized by James Conlon

These “Stigmatized” (Die Gezeichneten) by Franz Schreker, Jew-lovers and degenerates (entartete musik) for Hitler’s Reich, disappear quickly from the repertoire in 1930. The opera debuted in Frankfurt on April 25, 1918, ...

Allan Pettersson’s 9th by Lindberg : enlightening

When accused of composing out of self-pity, the Swedish composer Allan Pettersson (1911-80) angrily responded by saying that his music conveyed not self-pity but “pure information.” The circumstances of Pettersson’s life ...

Clefs d’Or ResMusica « Gold Keys » : The Winners 2013

Each month ResMusica awards five Clefs ResMusica to recognize outstanding publications of albums, videos and books. Since 2009, selected recipients of these Clefs ResMusica  have been awarded the Clefs d’Or ResMusica ...

The ICMA 2014 nomination list is available

The ICMA 2014 nomination list is available. The winners will be announced early in 2014. “This list comprises all the initial choices submitted by at least two Jury members and clearly ...

Penderecki by Penderecki : the symphonies

Krzysztof Penderecki’s symphonies had already been issued separately: now they have been all gathered together in a box set called The Complete Symphonies. In fact, the set includes only seven ...

‘Label of the Year’ Audite celebrates its 40th Anniversary

ICMA’s ‘Label of the Year 2013′ Audite celebrated it’s 40th anniversary yesterday in Berlin. With music performed by Audite artists ‘Mandelring Quartett’ and ‘Klavierduo Bard’ the official celebration consisted essentially ...

ICMA Trophy for Pierre Boulez

In his IRCAM office in Paris, French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez received the ICMA trophy for the CD set ‘Ballets Russes’ on Melodiya. In this recording Boulez is conducting ...

La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho

In 2006, Kaija Saariaho takes a French topic with a universal appeal on again, on a booklet by Amin Maalouf. La Passion de Simone, an oratorio for solo soprano, choir, ...

American masterworks by Bo Holten, the best introduction to Delius

Frank Delius’s enthusiasts often come up against the same questions: how to help his music to get played, which pieces to put forward so we can hear it again in ...

Andris Nelsons conducts Antonín Dvořák

The Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons is less a media stunt than his colleague Gustavo Dudamel. However, he is “the other" young conductor of the beginning of our century.  At 35, ...

François-Xavier Roth conducts Debussy

The French conductor François-Xavier Roth is the first to record the Suite n°1 by Claude Debussy. The musicologists Jean-Christophe Branger and Denis Herlin rediscovered the score in a library in ...

Denis Matsuev in New York

Denis Matsuev, an extraordinary pianist, offers, as part of the 140th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff an album that confronts the Concerto No. 2 with the Rhapsody in ...

17th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw

As usual, around Easter, the Warsaw Beethoven Festival makes the polish music life more lively. At this edition, which was the 17th, the program was still very extensive, mixing genres ...

Quartet, an enchanting comedy with music

The Beecham House - named in honor of the British conductor Thomas Beecham - is in effervescence. Residents, retired former musicians and singers, prepare the annual gala, perhaps the last, ...

ICMA 2013 : a trophy for Vladimir Fedoseyev

In the category Historical Recordings, Russian label Melodiya won an Award for the box 'Les Ballets Russes' (catalogue No. 1001990) with Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of ...

Riccardo Chailly at the ICMA ceremony in Milan

Maestro Riccardo Chailly, Conductor Laureate of laVerdi awarded the ICMA for the CD « Discovery » by Verdi (DECCA) with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Watch the video.

John Axelrod speaks about the ICMA 2013 Awards ceremony

Maestro Axelrod speaks about the edition 2013 of the ICMA and of the prizes which will be awarded during a concert event at the Auditorium in Milan on 18th March ...