Bruckner: Symphony No. 4—Andris Nelsons

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4—Andris Nelsons

This is the second release of a projected Bruckner Symphony cycle by one of classical music’s star conductors with his newest orchestra, the vaunted Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Germany (named after the hall in which it plays).

The Gewandhaus was for many years under the direction of Kurt Masur, who by title, was the 'General' music director of the entire city. He raised the orchestra's international profile with many fine recordings on Philips. Happily, the 'east' German orchestra did not suffer the same wobbly horn problems that its sister orchestra in Dresden experienced—a hold over from Soviet influence. Masur was asked by the New York Times upon his appointment to the city's Philharmonic, the difference between the Phil and his Leipzig band. 'The New York Philharmonic never makes mistakes. The Gewandhaus sometimes makes mistakes, but what beautiful sounding mistakes'. 

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 (Moonlight) & 29 (Hammerklavier)—Murray Perahia

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 (Moonlight) & 29 (Hammerklavier)—Murray Perahia

Legendary American pianist Murray Perahia continues his Indian Summer of recordings on the prestigious yellow label. Other DG house star pianists in their twilight recording years have not been so successful. Perahia's first release was a marvellous musical achievement. This new Beethoven recording is also very fine, but here, the competition is fierce. 

Perahia has recorded the Beethoven Sonatas before on Sony (or Columbia before Sony). They were always mainstream views of Beethoven's towering works; very well played and recorded. Though they did little to supplant Stephen Kovacevich, Schnabel, Gilels and several other Beethoven luminaries and their giant, universe striding interpretations. Want in on ALL the secrets, better get Artur Schnabel.