Concert review, Zurich Tonhalle, 2016-01-26 — Oliver Schnyder and Sir Roger Norrington with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven: Piano Concerto in E♭ major, op.73; Symphony No.3 in E♭ major, op.55, “Eroica”
Piano Recital by Konstantin Scherbakov at Zurich Tonhalle, 2015-12-12 — Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C♯ minor, op.27/2, “Moonlight” / Variations with Fugue in E♭ major, op.35, “Eroica”; Liszt: Transcription of L.v.Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 in E♭ major, op.55, “Eroica”
… while for the past two decades the artist is mostly pictured with an earnest, maybe “Beehovenian” / titanic, somewhat closed facial expression, in the concert (which he presented with a mostly relaxed, yet controlled body language) his face hinted at a wealth of emotions — and his playing struck me as a prime example of the “big Russian Piano School” …
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E♭ major, op.55, “Eroica” — comparing recordings with the following artists: Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (1964), Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic (1978), Böhm (1972), Dausgaard (2006), Furtwängler/Vienna Philharmonic (1948), Furtwängler/Berlin Philharmonic (1952), Hogwood (1985), Kleiber/Concertgebouw (1950), Klemperer (1959), Norrington/RSO Stuttgart (2002), Toscanini (1953), Walter/New York Philharmonic (1941 & 1949), Walter/Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1961), Zinman (1998)
With the entrance of the solo violin, though, the attention turned towards Sophia Jaffé, who presented herself as an experienced, expressive violinist, with a sonorous, full tone, delivering a solid, convincing interpretation.
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, op.43 — Dausgaard, Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra / Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich