It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday year: reviews of four sets of the complete piano concertos from, respectively, Paul Lewis, Stewart Goodyear, Inon Barnatan, and Stephen Hough.
It was as if the pianists were performing in a small drawing room for a few friends, not at Jordan Hall.
Two highly recommended recordings by well-known artists performing some rather off-the-beaten-path repertoire.
One of Andris Nelsons’ great gifts as an interpreter is his ability to shape and develop large-scale musical forms.
Three superb albums: two focusing on works by Brahms, one featuring Hans Abrahamsen’s meditation on Shakespeare’s Ophelia.
From the moment he began to play, pianist Paul Lewis established his authority. His performance was spellbinding and eloquent, animated by a respect for precision and rhythmic clarity.