Expert

Below are the classical music pieces that I have featured in previous blogs, which I believe appeal to a more advanced classical music audience. Click on the CD cover to go to the respective blog.

Taverner The Protecting Veil
The Protecting Veil is a wonderful work, first suggested by cellist Steven Isserlis, subsequently commissioned by the BBC for the 1989 Proms season. Steven Isserlis gave the premiere performance. The wonderful premier recording is featured in this post.
Weinberg Violin Sonatas
The violin and piano works by Weinberg are daring and inventive while remaining accessible. This set is a significant and successful contribution to the recorded violin repertoire. The intelligent interpretations and general accessibility of these works, is sure to win many new fans and admirers.

Peteris Vasks Violin Concerto "Distant Light"


Vasks Violin Concerto "Distant Light"
This is an incredible recording of the Vasks Violin Concerto "Distant Light". Vasks received the Vienna Herder Award (1996) and the Latvian Grand Music Award (1997) for this Violin Concerto. In 2004, this recording was awarded the Cannes Classical Award in the categories "CD of the Year" and "Best Orchestral Work".


Bernstein Serenade after Platos "Symposium"
Bernstein Serenade after Plato's "Symposium"
Leonard Bernstein's Serenade for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion after Plato's "Symposium" is brilliantly played by Joshua Bell and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Zinman.



Lutoslawski Paganini Variations

Lutoslawski Paganini Variations
The wonderfully inventive and fresh Lutosławski Paganini Variations played by Peter Jablonski, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.



Britten Violin Concerto



Britten Violin Concerto
This is an excellent recording of Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto played by Janine Jansen, conducted by Paavo Jarvi.

Dutilleux Cello Concerto





Dutilleux Cello Concerto
The wonderful Henri Dutilleux Cello Concerto played by the amazing cellist, Rostropovich, who commissioned the work.

Vivaldi Four Seasons Richter




Max Richter Vivaldi Four Seasons Recomposed
Hear the Vivaldi Four Seasons as never before. Recomposed by Max Richter and brilliantly played by Daniel Hope. Inventive and modern, yet instantly familiar.







Spotify playlist: Classical music for expert listeners (essential listening guide)

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