When you are as big a star as Jonas Kaufmann, when your instrument is fach-defying and your choices in terms of the repertoire seemingly boundless, you get to do pretty much what you want – including, it seems, re-conceiving Mahler’s seminal song-symphony for a single voice. It’s hard to know who thought this was a … [Read More]
With each new disc that arrives, it becomes clearer and clearer that Edward Gardner is evolving into something really special. If I was permitted only one “library” choice for the works under scrutiny these would not be they – but they can and should be applauded for their lucidity and clarity and insightful honesty. There … [Read More]
On Saturday 15th April, I will be indulging myself with more than a few of my favourite things for two whole hours on BBC Radio 3’s Saturday Classics, with a highly personal selection of music mainly from the theatre. Composers include Rameau, Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, Britten, Bernard Herrmann, Shostakovich, Gershwin and Gilbert and Sullivan. … [Read More]
A disc of two halves, for sure: a somewhat sober “Jeremiah” and a scintillating “Age of Anxiety”. Perhaps there is simply no reply to Bernstein’s feverish intensity in both his recordings of the former; the latter, of course, has the poetic Jean-Yves Thibaudet as protagonist and he is very much a chip off the Bernstein … [Read More]
Anyone who has ever seen Natalie Dessay on the stage will know what an accomplished actress she is. It is that which has put flesh on her singing and enriched her operatic career. And now a new phase begins. There is talk of films, of straight acting roles – and maybe even adventures at the … [Read More]
On the receiving end for a change! Russell Scott @RussellScottUK has me revealing all… Click the link below to listen to our conversation.
Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli and being shy!
Brendon McMorrow: @seckerson @RussellScottUK Fascinating. Loved the stories about those memorable interviews. Hope to hear … [Read More]
In a forward to the liner notes for this new BIS release superstar trombonist and composer turned conductor Christian Lindberg writes of his childhood obsession with the Tchaikovsky symphonies and in particular his fascination with the disparity of tempi revealed in different interpretations. His return to the composer’s metronome markings would, he says, probably mark … [Read More]
As we begin the centenary of his birth in 2018, Leonard Bernstein enthusiasts Edward Seckerson and Tony Award nominated arranger, composer and musical director Jason Carr are joined by Olivier Award nominee Sophie-Louise Dann to celebrate the musical superman who bestrode the Broadway stage as whole-heartedly and adeptly as he did the world’s great concert … [Read More]
Editor’s choice (January 2017)
There is no violinist currently playing the high-end of the international circuit that I would sooner go out of my way to hear than Lisa Batiashvili. There is something so super-intuitive about her playing that while she is performing the brilliance of her technique, the range of her colours and sheer … [Read More]
The “other” Fischer boldly goes here where his younger brother has enjoyed such conspicuous success – and Adam, with his excellent Dusseldorf Symphony, may well be one up on Ivan with this compelling account of Mahler’s outlandish Seventh.
Let me get my one niggling reservation out of the way. By the close of the first … [Read More]