Music For The Day

Scheherazade, by Rimsky-Korsakov:

 

A fine performance of the full work by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the LSO’s principal conductor, Valery Gergiev.

More on the background of the piece here.

Music For The Day

More Brahms, and more Maurizio Pollini at the keyboard. Stick with it, there are rewards to be had. An older recording today, this time of Brahms’ somewhat underrated Second Piano Concerto.

 

Featuring the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado.

There is some truly fine Brahms playing going on here. Very fine indeed.

Music For The Day

The first and second movements from Symphony no. 2 by Jean Sibelius (1902).

 

Performed here by Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

It’s a good version, albeit alternately overwrought and halting on occasions, and not a patch on the LSO/Davis recordings and performances, which remain the best available to date.