Christopher Breunig

Christopher Breunig  |  Nov 30, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: R Strauss, Paul Lewis, Rodrigo, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Falla, Franck, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner.
Christopher Breunig  |  Nov 26, 2020  |  0 comments
Written under duress during four months in spring 1937, this would become his most popular work. Christopher Breunig sets out the background and suggests recordings

New pieces by composers Harrison Birtwistle or Peter Maxwell Davies, say, will have received polite applause and a few boos from the audience at their premieres. But no government response.

Christopher Breunig  |  Oct 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Shostakovich, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Dinu Lipatti.
Christopher Breunig  |  Oct 20, 2020  |  0 comments
A child prodigy from Budapest, lured to the States with a false promise, he took over a top orchestra and stayed with it for 44 years. Christopher Breunig gives an outline

It's a nice story, but discredited, that the young Hungarian musician, Jenő Blau, changed his surname because he'd sailed to New York in 1921 on the SS Normandie. Ormandy himself told his Philadelphia lead violinist Anshel Brusilow that his French grandmother had changed her name from Goldberg to Or-mont, while other sources say that Ormandy was his second forename anyway.

Christopher Breunig  |  Sep 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review and test releases from: Behzod Abduraimov, Lucerne SO/James Gaffigan, Nicola Benedetti, LPO/Vladimir Jurowski; Petr Limonov, Derek Smith Trio, Luxembourg PO/Gustav Gimeno and Duisburger Philharmoniker/Jonathan Darlington.
Christopher Breunig  |  Sep 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Beethoven, L'heure Bleu, Mussorgsky/Ravel, and R Strauss.
Christopher Breunig  |  Sep 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Were these meant to be heard as a single entity? Does the theory survive scrutiny? Christopher Breunig suggests library versions both 'historically aware' and traditional

When Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Teldec recording of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony appeared in 1985, his sleeve essay suggested the score was in fact a musical translation of a cathartic event from his youth, (i) concerning his mother's death, and (ii) the subsequent reconciliation with his father, and as such complete.

Christopher Breunig  |  Aug 26, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Shostakovich 1905, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Sibelius.
Christopher Breunig  |  Aug 07, 2020  |  0 comments
One of the few Japanese musicians to have made a long career in the West, with a Boston tenure of 29 years. Christopher Breunig looks at his life and wide discography

Atough game of rugby football put an end to the hopes that a young Japanese boy would become a concert pianist. Seiji Ozawa, then 15, was mad about the game but severely damaged his hand in a scrum. When his piano teacher suggested he might think of conducting instead, he had never even seen a symphony orchestra, live or on television.

Christopher Breunig  |  Jul 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Schubert, Beethoven, Bartók and Schubert.

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