Zubin Mehta & the London Philharmonic

Zubin Mehta & the London Philharmonic

For its own label the LPO has dug deep into its archive for two Mehta-conducted performances: 26 January 1988 for Richard Strauss’s Symphonia Domestica and 9 April 1992 for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, both in the Royal Festival Hall. I was at the Strauss but can’t...

Gunning for music: I Ken the Woods from the trees.

Christopher Gunning (English composer, born 1944) conducted by Kenneth Woods. This Signum release embraces Gunning’s Symphonies 10, 2 & 12 (in that order) and finds the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in top form under the devoted Woods, superbly recorded in...

Cherubini Discoveries [Chailly/Decca]

The Discoveries are nine first recordings, all of them with Marche or Marcia in the title. The music of Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842, he was born in Florence and moved to Paris and became a French citizen) was highly regarded during his lifetime, not least by Beethoven,...

Ed Gardner & Schubert

Edward Gardner and the CBSO continue their Schubert Symphony Cycle for Chandos. Volume 2, recorded in Birmingham Town Hall, couples Symphonies 2 & 6, both delightfully done. Gardner’s fleet tempos (other speeds are available; conversely, the Trio of No.6 drags a...