HIP Debussy and Ravel : The Eroica Quartet

Eroica Quartet Peter Hanson violin 1 Julia Hanson violin 2 Vicci Wardman viola In Britain, the Eroica Quartet, founded in 1993 by four of the country's leading period-instrument performers, have the field virtually to themselves. Three of the members are principals in John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (which specialises in early 19th-century repertoire) and … Continue reading HIP Debussy and Ravel : The Eroica Quartet

The String Quartets of Krzysztof Meyer : a major achievement of the second half of the 20th century

Krzysztof Meyer (born 11 August 1943) is a Polish composer, pianist and music scholar, formerly Dean of the Department of Music Theory (1972–1975) at the State College of Music (now Academy of Music in Kraków), and president of the Union of Polish Composers (1985–1989). Meyer served as professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik … Continue reading The String Quartets of Krzysztof Meyer : a major achievement of the second half of the 20th century

New Hyperion : Haydn String Quartets – Op. 50

Hyperion Records has continued its excellent series of Haydn string quartets by the London Haydn Quartet with the newly released Op. 50 quartets.  This group of works has a tendancy to be somewhat of a dark horse among Haydn's quartets, but these works are some of the his best and adventurous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycy98U6FxQ4 Here's a lengthy … Continue reading New Hyperion : Haydn String Quartets – Op. 50

Anton Arensky : bridging Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Born in Novgorod in 1861, Anton Arensky belonged to the generation of Russian composers midway between Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov (that included Glazunov, Gretchaninov and Liadov) and who came to prominence in the closing decade of the nineteenth century. By the time he was nine his precocious gifts had expressed themselves in several songs and piano … Continue reading Anton Arensky : bridging Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996): the third greatest 20th century Russian composer?

Website Mieczyslaw Weinberg, or Moisey Vainberg or Vaynberg, was not Russian, but a Polish Jew.  He was born in Warsaw, Poland December 8, 1919 to Jewish parents and lived in Warsaw until 1939, when he left to escape the Nazi invasion.  He managed to escape, but not before, unfortunately, the rest of his family were … Continue reading Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996): the third greatest 20th century Russian composer?