Cellist Alexander Buzlov, who has appeared in concert halls all over Russia and around the world, passed away unexpectedly yesterday from a stroke at the age of 37. His last performance at the Tchaikovsky Hall was on Mar 21, part of the "Armchair Concerts" broadcast live from the empty hall during the first wave of coronavirus with a program of Beethoven, Schubert and Boris Tchaikovsky. In addition to performing and recording, Buzlov taught at the Moscow Conservatory.
The Greats (Nov 2, 2020)
Paul Hindemith @ 125
With the 125th anniversary of the birth of Paul Hindemith coming up on Nov 16, we shine the spotlights on two albums dedicated exclusively to his cello works: the 2013 Fuga Libera CD of cellist Judith Ermert and pianist Daan Vandewalle (nominee of our 2nd Listeners' Choice Award) of his sonata for solo cello as well as his works for cello and piano; and the 1997 CPO release of cellist David Geringas with conductor Werner Andreas Albert and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra of his complete cello concertos (available at Amazon).
The Greats (May 1, 2020)
Tribute to Lynn Harrell
World-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell passed away unexpectedly on Apr 27 at age 76. It was only a few weeks ago, on Apr 5, that he made a special guest appearance on The Broad Stage at Home to speak about the importance of music for everyone and performed some of his favorite pieces. His last performance with The Cleveland Orchestra—for Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Yefim Bronfman—was only several months ago in October at Carnegie Hall's 2019 Opening Night Gala. Lynn Harrell has left us many recordings including the complete Bach Cello Suites, and Victor Herbert's Cello Concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields led by Neville Marriner.
The Greats (Feb 20, 2020)
In memoriam Reinbert de Leeuw
Co-founder and music director of the Schönberg Ensemble and former artistic director of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Reinbert de Leeuw passed away on Feb 14. Highly respected as a champion of modern and contemporary music, he has given numerous world premieres. Shown on right is a video of de Leeuw conducting Asko|Schönberg for the premiere of Chiel Meijering's double concerto featuring cellists Anssi Karttunen and Doris Hochscheid.