Evaluations of a smorgasbord of Beethoven symphony recordings.
Arguably, the strongest entry in the BSO’s complete Shostakovich symphony cycle thus far; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2016 Cello Concerto is emotionally direct and, at times, simply gorgeous; the resurgence of interest in the music of Boston-educated composer Florence Price is a good thing.
Markus Maskuniitty’s solo debut recording is stunning, Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra play Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto with zest, and this is one of the strongestNew Year’s Concerts of the decade from the Vienna Philharmonic.
Pražák Quartet’s Smetana is keeper, Sir Simon Rattle’s Haydn is a loser, and Lindberg’s “On the Waterfront” is a knockout.
A round-up that includes: irresistible Beethoven, welcome arrivals of spring, a spirited celebration of Toscanini, and spectacular, revelatory Tchaikovsky.
Nothing sleepy about the playing in the Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax disc; New Hampshire’s Heather Gilligan is a composer to watch.
Leif Ove Andsnes’ excellent all-Sibelius album is nothing short of revelatory; Borusan Quartet’s disc is creatively programmed and brilliantly played.
Two great tenor discs have recently been released
An early highlight of the upcoming Leonard Bernstein centennial is Sony Classical’s 25-disc box set.
The Classical Collection proves that violinist Joshua Bell is only now entering his prime; the Baltic Chamber Orchestra serves up a grim and underwhelming disc.