Self-indulgence this time, all my Choices are my reviews! Just the three from January, Mark Elder’s Elgar Wand of Youth, Vladimir Jurowski’s Tchaikovsky Little Russian & Polish Symphonies, and – giving particular pleasure – the 2019 New Year’s Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic and Christian Thielemann.
And, given the amount of listening and writing that was involved, some recent Features (November & December) – involving Kubelík and Szell, Serebrier conducting Glazunov, and Eloquence goes Dutch – are looked-back on.
Wishing you all the very best for February.
The Classical Source
1 February 2019
***As a postscript, just to clarify how Classical Source uses stars for its reviews. Since April 2016 a star-rating is mandatory for anything generally available (a recording, a book...) and when there is a run of performances (an opera, a ballet...). Stars are not required for a concert unless a reviewer is of the opinion that something is exceptional (five stars) or quite the opposite (one); either is rare ... ultimately it is the words that matter.***