I used mostly my ears

a blog about music by Marc Haegeman


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Incandescent Mozart and Bruckner

Henry Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto #20
Anton Bruckner: Symphony #7

Maria João Pires, piano
London Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Paris, Salle Pleyel, 17 June 2012

During their annual teaming up, Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra visited Paris for a two-day stint at the Salle Pleyel. On both occasions they were joined by the Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires performing a Mozart concerto. And while Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony was offered as the main course for the first, it was Schubert’s Ninth which capped the second night.
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Rachmaninoff by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (part 1)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Caprice Bohémien, Op. 12
Vocalise, Op. 34 #14
Symphony #3, Op. 44

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
EMI 679019-2 DDD

Vasily Petrenko

Rachmaninoff Symphony #3 by Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko and his Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra continue their cycle of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s orchestral works and concertos. Started on the Avie label (with the Isle of the Dead, the Symphonic Dances and the piano concertos featuring Simon Trpceski as soloist Avie AV2191 & AV2192), this new CD focuses on the 3rd Symphony and marks Petrenko’s debut on EMI Classics. Interestingly, the EMI disc was (partly) recorded at the same time – September 2009 – in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and produced by the same team as the older Avie CD already released in 2010. The transfer from an obscure to a more prestigious label reflects the success story of the award-winning young Russian conductor in another way. While one may still have to look for Vasily Petrenko’s name on the Avie CD cover, EMI generously gives him equal billing with Rachmaninoff.
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