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The Pavel Haas Quartet at the Wigmore Hall (and on BBC)

Up to the London to go to another Pavel Haas Quartet concert. They played Igor Stravinsky’s short Concertino for String Quartet (new to me, and I’ll need to listen again to get more out it), followed by a wonderful performance … Continue reading

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Chiaroscuro: in dark times, some light

Dark times, in many too ways. Words can fail us. But Haydn’s inexhaustible humanity can be a comfort and inspiration, no? So let me recommend a recent CD of his music that I have so very much enjoyed, the Chiaroscuro … Continue reading

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Ivana Gavrić, Chopin

I’ve very much admired Ivana Gavrić previous rightly praised discs (I wrote about the first two here in an earlier post, and you can find more about  them here). So I was really  looking forward to hearing her play in the intimate surroundings of the Fitzwilliam Museum in … Continue reading

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Pavel Haas Quartet at St John’s, Smith Square (and on BBC)

To London, to see the Pavel Haas Quartet at St. John’s, Smith Square. First, Beethoven Op. 127 (with, in particular, an absolutely magical performance of the great Adagio). And then, after the interval, the most joyful performance of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No.2 … Continue reading

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Since it is Schubert’s birthday ….

Barbara Bonney, soprano; David Shifrin, clarinet; André Watts, piano. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, “The Shepherd on the Rock”, D. 965

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The Pavel Haas Quartet and Harriet Krijgh play Schubert

The Pavel Haas Quartet with Harriet Krijgh play the Adagio from the Schubert Quintet. Not the best quality video ever, but oh, the playing is beyond words …

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The Pavel Haas Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

Another extraordinary concert from the Pavel Haas Quartet last night. They began with Webern’s Fünf Sätze of 1909 – extremely condensed, emotionally unsettling music, which for me works better in a live performance than it can ever do listening to a recording. … Continue reading

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CD choice #7 (Bohemian rhapsodies against the Brexit blues)

Another in my sporadic sequence of random CD recommendations. And this is, in fact a recommendation for a sequence of eight disks, called Baroque Bohemia and Beyond (or in one case Bohemian Baroque), with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, conducted by … Continue reading

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The Arcanto Quartet with Maximilian Hornung play the Schubert Quintet

By chance, we just caught this BBC broadcast, available for 30 days, of a truly fine performance of the Schubert Quintet by the Arcanto Quartet with Maximilian Hornung as the additional cellist. An hour’s suitably reflective respite from the grimmest of news,  which others might … Continue reading

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CD choice #6 (Argerich plays Bach)

Time goes so very fast: it is Martha Argerich’s 75th birthday today. Here is perhaps still my favourite recording of hers, from 1980. Completely stunning Bach playing. I can’t put it better than Jessica Duchen has:  “Martha Argerich presents intense, minor-key Bach: fierce but … Continue reading

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