RECORD KEEPING | At the Crossroads of Gamelan and Minimalism
How American Lou Harrison synthesized Asian percussion instruments and minimalism into his music in the middle of the 20th century.
RECORD KEEPING | BSO Treads Carefully, Perhaps Too Carefully
Andris Nelsons take on Brahms' symphonies is impressively nuanced, but this over-attention to details comes perilously close to choking the life out of these masterworks.
RECORD KEEPING | Brahms' Heart And Soul With A Canadian Twist
For many Canadian music-lovers, clarinettist James Campbell will be the main attraction on this new Naxos CD.
RECORD KEEPING | Soprano Layla Claire's Debut Album A Hit And Miss Affair
Soprano Layla Claire's album debut features many fine performances, but it is not without a few quibbles.
RECORD KEEPING | NACO Release Reminds Us To Look No Further Than Our Backyard For Talent
This has been an important year of recognition for Canadian composers, thanks in part to projects like the NACO's "Life Reflected" featuring works by Zosha Di Castri, Jocelyn Morlock, Nicole Lizée, and John Estacio.
RECORD KEEPING | The Emerson String Quartet Go All English For Anniversary Release
The Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new release featuring repertoire never before recorded by the quartet.
RECORD KEEPING | An Historic Tchaikovsky Cycle Comes To Light
Anyone interested in Tchaikovsky, great conducting, and music-making in Russia in the Twentieth Century, will find a lot of pleasure in these six DVDs.
RECORD KEEPING | Does Yannick Nézet-Séguin Ever Sleep?
The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin release their latest with Dvořák: Symphony Nos 6 & 7.
RECORD KEEPING | Looking For Grigory Sokolov
This week we review the much-anticipated new documentary/album release about the reclusive and mysterious Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov.
RECORD KEEPING | Christian Thielemann Bruckner Symphony No. 6
While Thielemann’s results may not be to everyone’s taste, he gets what he wants and what he wants is uncommonly good.