A McCabe masterpiece: John McCabe’s Violin Concerto No.2. Audio of the first performance given on March 21, 1980, by Erich Gruenberg with the CBSO & Christopher Seaman; Birmingham Town Hall. A further audio performance of VC2, by Dennis Simons with the BBC Philharmonic & Sir Edward Downes; June 8, 1989 in Studio 7, Manchester.

A McCabe masterpiece: John McCabe’s Violin Concerto No.2. Audio of the first performance given on March 21, 1980, by Erich Gruenberg with the CBSO & Christopher Seaman; Birmingham Town Hall. A further audio performance of VC2, by Dennis Simons with the BBC Philharmonic & Sir Edward Downes; June 8, 1989 in Studio 7, Manchester.

Erich Gruenberg (1924-2020) Yes folks, a masterpiece, in my opinion. Glad to have caught this compelling Concerto after forty-two years, if surprised there is no commercial recording. I can imagine Hadelich, Hahn, Jansen or Kavakos doing it justice. John McCabe...
A craggy masterpiece: Carl Ruggles’s Sun-treader (completed in 1931). “Sun-treader, light and life be thine forever!” (Robert Browning). First performance, February 1932, Paris, Nicolas Slonimsky conducting; US premiere, January 1966, Boston, Jean Martinon. Three recordings embedded here: CvD, Masur, MTT.

A craggy masterpiece: Carl Ruggles’s Sun-treader (completed in 1931). “Sun-treader, light and life be thine forever!” (Robert Browning). First performance, February 1932, Paris, Nicolas Slonimsky conducting; US premiere, January 1966, Boston, Jean Martinon. Three recordings embedded here: CvD, Masur, MTT.

Charles Sprague ‘Carl’ Ruggles (1876-1971) Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi; February 1988, Severance Hall. In 1994 they recorded Sun-treader for Decca with Charles Ives’s Three Places in New England. New York Philharmonic/Kurt Masur; May...
Audio of Michael Gielen conducting Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg during the Salzburg Festival of 2013; on August 21 at the Grosses Festspielhaus.

Audio of Michael Gielen conducting Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg during the Salzburg Festival of 2013; on August 21 at the Grosses Festspielhaus.

Perhaps the most underestimated of the great conductors, Michael Gielen (1927-2019) here leads an uncompromising/penetrating account of Mahler 6, not the only way of interpreting this mighty score, and it wasn’t Gielen’s only way either. Pejoratively, not everyone...