RCO’s Live Beethoven Cycle

A flood of new and reissued Beethoven recordings have emerged in the past two Beethoven anniversary years, and riding on this celebratory bandwagon, the illustrious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has released this cycle of Beethoven symphonies, derived from radio recordings of live performances, on its house label. Continue readingRCO’s Live Beethoven Cycle


Schmidt’s Eschatological Vision: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln

Classical composers have never shied away from dealing with epic subject matter (Haydn’s The Creation, for example, or the numerous Requiems written by various composers). So it’s perhaps interesting to note how few works exclusively deal with the topic of the apocalypse — the destruction of the world and the…Continue readingSchmidt’s Eschatological Vision: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln