Christopher Breunig

Christopher Breunig  |  Jan 22, 2021  |  0 comments
Admired by his colleagues yet unpredictable for managers, he was a perfectionist who lived in his father's shadow. Christopher Breunig looks back at this reclusive genius

Iam very slow on the uptake. But now I know what's wrong: the quavers are too low on nicotine. They need a little bit more tar – they have to be a bit more venomous…' And: 'the side-drum has to edge its way in. It has to be very conspiratorial, a schizophrenic back and forth between sentimental and rumbustious'. Not the sort of rehearsal instructions orchestral players would be used to – but then, Carlos Kleiber was different.

Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder, Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin/Bernhard Forck, Sinfonia Of London/John Wilson and Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst.
Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 18, 2020  |  0 comments
The most urbane of English podium figures, he delighted audiences as much as he antagonised orchestral players. Christopher Breunig ponders his relevance today

Herbert von Karajan? A sort of musical Malcolm Sargent.' It was a typical Beecham putdown, even though he admired his younger colleague's skill with choral forces, and was assisted by him in 1932 when Beecham was creating his London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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.

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