Hilary Hahn and Cory Smythe, Wigmore Hall, 22/03/15

Yes! I am back at it, and clogging up your newsfeeds once again. Anyhow, I was extremely pleased with this recital; I hope you enjoy the review.

‘Hilary Hahn’s world tour arrived in London for a single concert at the Wigmore Hall on Sunday, bringing with it the American violinist’s characteristic assurance, poise and a really rather original programme. Not featuring, as one might have expected, music from her new CD of Vieuxtemps and Mozart, but instead interspersing classics – Schumann, Debussy, and Bach – with items from her earlier disc of newly-commissioned encores and other unusual choices, this wide-ranging programme was performed throughout with great verve and style by Hahn and Cory Smythe.’

Read the rest on Bachtrack.

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Beethoven faces up to Matthews and wins with Oramo and the BBC SO

‘Sakari Oramo’s first season as Principal Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra is now well under way, and Wednesday night’s concert at the Barbican demonstrated his musical intelligence not only in performance but also in programming. A new work by Colin Matthews, Traces Remain, explores the relationship between harmony’s tonal past and its atonal present through a network of quotations; similarly, Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra finds a voice for the newly-chromatic valved horn, but one proudly indebted to the instrument’s outdoor, signalling history. Though it may seem an odd choice, Oramo never allowed Beethoven’s monumental third symphony, theEroica, to rest on its laurels. Rather, it was an Eroica for the modern day, saturated with the traces of the end result of Beethoven’s savage dissonances and rhythmic dislocations. Curiously, it was this latter work, rather than the new commission, that shone as the highlight of the programme. Too clever by half, Matthews’ myriad tonal quotations stalled rather than invigorated the music, and an appealingly individual compositional voice was all but lost under references that were all too explicit’

Read the whole review at Bachtrack here.