Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op.18

When it comes to top tier piano concertos, we are spoiled for choices. I could spend the rest of my life listening to piano concertos only and would have no regrets whatsoever. The challenge is to choose which single one, among the hundreds that are available in very good recorded sound, to take with me on […]

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole: timeless beauty of the violin

Composer: Edouard Lalo 1823-1892), Frenchman Music: Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21 This is a violin concerto, composed in 1874. A timeless, beautiful work, with a lot of Spanish sounds. Exquisitely sweet when played by the masters. I first heard this work in 1994, on a recording with Heryk Szering as the soloist. I […]

Sublime music of Charles-Camille Saint Saens guaranteed to please

I have spent the afternoon with Charles-Camille Saint Saens (9 October 9, 1835 – December 16, 1921), the French composer whose Romantic period piano music never fails to please.   The Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op. 78 “Organ Symphony” is sweet and riveting, not only because of the great organ sound, but the sweet […]