Piano Recital Konstantin Scherbakov — Zurich, 2015-03-24

… 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” …


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Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E♭, op.55, “Eroica”

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)


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Sophia Jaffé / H.M. Förster — Zurich, 2015-02-15

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.


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