Recording Review: New York Philharmonic Orchestra – Nielsen Symphony No. 5

Recording: Nielsen: Symphony No. 5 Op. 50  April 1962 Manhattan Centre, New York City Leonard Bernstein, conductor Brief History: The Fifth is Nielsen’s second last symphony, and one of the only two symphonies without a title. Rising from the uncertainty following WWI, this symphony is packed with struggle and anxiety. Nielsen completed the first movement … Continue reading

Concert Review: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky Winter Dreams

Concert: Tchaikovsky: Winter Dreams Mon. Oct. 21, 2013 at 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre Mei-Ann Chen, conductor Augustin Hadelich, violin Programme: An-Lun Huang: Saibei Dance Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Dreams Review: Roughly once a year, I get a chance to attend a performance of the Vancouver Symphony … Continue reading

Concert Review: Toronto Symphony Orchestra – Ehnes Plays Britten

Concert: Beethoven “Eroica” Symphony Thurs. Oct. 10, 2013 at 8:00pm Roy Thomson Hall Stéphane Denève, conductor James Ehnes, violin Programme: James MacMillan: Three Interludes from The Sacrifice (Canadian Première) Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” Britten: Violin Concerto  Review: Every year, early in the TSO’s season, the Canadian violinist James Ehnes visits Toronto for a usually … Continue reading