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Favourite Recording: Krystian Zimerman's Chopin Piano Concertos

Wondering which recording of Chopin’s piano concertos you should own? Well, this is definitely one for your library! The performances of Krystian Zimerman with the Polish Festival Orchestra are unique and marvelous. 145 more words


Epic Music Monday: Jo Blankenburg - Garador's Flight

I love epic music! For me it is a perfect combination of the classic orchestral scoring, chorales and electronica music that I have enjoyed for decades.

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Favourite Recording: Boulez's Répons and Dialogue de l'ombre double

Pierre Boulez’s music may not be “easy listening,” but these 2 compositions by the French composer are outstanding. Répons is a masterpiece of contemporary music, and… 251 more words


Current Listening: Yundi Li and Ozawa's Prokofiev and Ravel Concertos

The young pianist Yundi Li, who won the International Chopin Piano Competition back in 2000, shows that he is very capable of playing Prokofiev and Ravel in this recording. 185 more words


Favourite Recording: Boulez and Zimerman Play Ravel

The virtuoso Krystian Zimerman is joined by the famous (or infamous to some) Pierre Boulez in this recording to perform the two piano concertos by Maurice Ravel. 228 more words


Current Listening: Kremer Plays Beethoven Concerto with Schnittke's Cadenza

I was very curious when I found out that Alfred Schnittke wrote a cadenza for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. In this recording, Gidon Kremer (who also performed Schnittke’s own violin concertos) recorded the Beethoven concerto with cadenzas written by Schnittke, accompanied by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. 102 more words


Bror Forsgren - In A Time When God Was One

I’ve never been one to hide the fact that I think Scandinavians are currently making some of the very best pop music in the world and, despite my atheistic leanings, there’s absolutely no way I could resist filling my ears with these sounds from  155 more words