Christopher Breunig

Christopher Breunig  |  Jan 15, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Mahler, Berlioz, Mozart and Schubert/Schumann.
Christopher Breunig  |  Jan 03, 2020  |  0 comments
A modest musician, he made a huge contribution to classical music broadcasting while his repertoire, says Christopher Breunig, was far wider than most remember it

You might think of Sir Adrian Boult as an elderly, conservative and very English gentleman with a repertoire mostly comprising English music. But download the 170-page discography by Philip Stuart [crqeditions.co.uk/ZqnlPmJU182] and a very different picture emerges.

Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 23, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Beethoven, Bruckner/Wagner, Mozart and Rachmaninov.
Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 06, 2019  |  0 comments
The First had an immediate world acclaim not mirrored after the Second was premiered. Only recently did non-UK recordings appear, says Christopher Breunig

We have to admit that, at present at any rate, Elgar does not travel,' noted the much respected Gramophone reviewer Trevor Harvey, in 1964. He was writing about one of Sir Adrian Boult's less well known recordings of the Symphony No 2, made with the Scottish National Orchestra and issued on the Waverley label.

Christopher Breunig  |  Nov 20, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Sibelius, Elgar, Mendelssohn and R Strauss.
Christopher Breunig  |  Nov 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Held back from performing in the West until he was 45, the Odessa musician could be idiosyncratic or sound overwrought. Christopher Breunig looks at his life and legacy

Wait until you hear Richter' was the reaction to praise when Soviet pianist Emil Gilels made his 1955 States debut. And whereas he and violinist David Oistrakh both performed with American orchestras that year, audiences had to wait a further five before the authorities allowed Gilels' Ukrainian colleague to appear at Carnegie Hall, New York, and in Boston and Chicago.

Christopher Breunig  |  Oct 25, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: R Strauss, Beethoven, Mahler and Mendelssohn
Christopher Breunig  |  Oct 18, 2019  |  0 comments
The Dresden musician's oboe and pianoforte playing pushed him into the role of conductor. Christopher Breunig looks at this great Straussian's extensive repertoire

Rummaging through a box of unsorted CDs I came across a 1972 orchestral concert by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra [Scribendum SC 004]. The conductor was Rudolf Kempe, one of my most admired artists but someone I hadn't written about in this HFN series we began in July '14. (Incidentally, the soloist there, in Mozart's Piano Concerto K595, was Friedrich Gulda, liberally sprinkling decoration over his part, whereas his DG studio recording with VPO/Abbado is almost bereft of it.)

Christopher Breunig  |  Oct 10, 2019  |  Published: Nov 01, 1985  |  0 comments
Christopher Breunig auditions the Well-Tempered Arm

What could be more apt than the UK launch of the Well-Tempered Arm at the end of Bach's tercentenary year? Ken Kessler brought you the first picture of this iconoclastic tonearm as part of his April '85 CES report and even before then, he had inveigled California-based designer William Firebaugh into letting us have a review sample.

Christopher Breunig  |  Sep 17, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Tippett, Beethoven, Bruckner and Haitink - The Early Years

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