Mon, Fri 星期一、五 5:30pm
Monday and Friday: 5:30pm-6pm
A group of music critics guide you through some of the the most interesting new releases to keep you in touch with the latest fine music recordings.
Critic: Savio Lau
Maestro Marek Janowski and the WDR Symphony Orchestra present Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies. Premiered during the same concert in 1808, these two symphonies present two sides of Beethoven’s musical persona. Whereas the Fifth is legendary for its drama and forward urge the “Pastoral” Sixth offers idyllic sounds, albeit shortly interrupted by a thunderstorm that resembles the tempestuous development of the Fifth. Programmed together, these two pieces constitute a fascinating portrait of Beethoven at the height of his creative powers.
Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our times, and enjoys a vast PENTATONE discography, including complete recordings of Bruckner’s symphonies and Wagner’s mature operas. This is his second Pentatone collaboration with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, one of the most established radio orchestras of Germany.
Critic: Dennis Wu
Vienna around 1900 was a melting-pot in several ways: a city attracting artists from the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire where bohemian writers and musicians rubbed shoulders with aristocrats and establishment figures, and where late-Romanticism co-existed uneasily with the Wiener Moderneaesthetic of the fin-de-siecle. In the visual arts, Jugendstil (or Wiener Secession) was all the rage: its curlicues, floral patterns and fluid lines were seen everywhere –in architecture, interior design and graphic arts. In music, the term is usually associated with composers such as Mahler, Zemlinskyand Korngold, but also early works by Alban Bergand Arnold Schoenberg.
Following on three previous acclaimed recital discs on BIS, Camilla Tilling and Paul Riviniushave devised a programme with songs by these very composers, written between 1898 and 1916. The songs range from the Einfache Lieder by a teenaged Korngold to Zemlinsky's set of Walzer-Gesangebased on Tuscan folk poems and the much-loved Ruckert-Lieder by Mahler. Schoenberg is represented by his Op. 2 collection 4 Liederand his student Berg by the set of SiebenfruheLieder, from 1905–08.