Christopher Breunig

Christopher Breunig  |  Jul 03, 2019  |  0 comments
He was an idealistic figure, founding the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and even working to improve the Steinway grand. Christopher Breunig looks at his career

Six years ago no-one would have dreamt that the most recommendable recordings of the two Elgar Symphonies would come from Stockholm and Berlin. The second pair, with the Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim, reflected a renewed interest in music introduced to the aspiring young musician by Sir John Barbirolli back in the early 1970s.

Christopher Breunig  |  Jun 20, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Stravinsky, JS Bach, Debussy and Leonard Bernstein
Christopher Breunig  |  Jun 05, 2019  |  0 comments
A turning point for the composer, this great romantic piece was introduced to a wider audience with the film Brief Encounter. Christopher Breunig offers his library choices

Anyone who has seen the 1945 British film classic Brief Encounter will remember the music that enhanced the performances by the two principal stars, Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard – Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. (The pianist for the soundtrack was Eileen Joyce.)

Christopher Breunig  |  May 14, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Mahler, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov/Stravinsky, and Schubert
Christopher Breunig  |  May 08, 2019  |  0 comments
There's more to this composer than 'Fingal's Cave' and the 'Italian' Symphony. Christopher Breunig offers some recommendations for your record collection

Ilooked over my Symphony and the Minuet – Lord! – bored me to tears, it was so monotonous.' That was the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn, about to come to London in 1829 to present his first (orchestral) symphony, and writing to his parents.

Christopher Breunig  |  Apr 23, 2019  |  0 comments

Kirill Petrenko's two September Prom concerts and, a few months earlier at The Barbican, a Mahler Seventh, suggest a promising new chapter opening for the Berliner Philharmoniker – as we Brits must learn to call it, the German title now unerlässlich.

Christopher Breunig  |  Apr 03, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Stravinsky, Bruno Walter, Ravel & Schubert
Christopher Breunig  |  Mar 12, 2019  |  0 comments
Winning a conducting prize at Tanglewood kick-started his career, and at Boston he dived into recording at the deep end. Christopher Breunig gives a resume

In some recitals with other kids all playing nice-sounding pieces, I'd come crashing in with Bartók, or some American composers I was already playing – Henry Cowell, for instance.' That was Michael Tilson Thomas, looking back to his pre-teens in an interview given in the June '87 issue of HFN when he was working and recording with the London Symphony Orchestra as its principal conductor (he's now the LSO's Conductor Laureate).

Christopher Breunig  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Elgar, Bartók/Enescu, Haydn/Schoenberg & Rachmaninov
Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: Sibelius, JS Bach, Beethoven/Brahms/Mozart and The Rotterdam PO Collection

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