• Alexander's Playlist: Charpentier's Médée

    By Alexander Neef

    For me, the tradition of French Baroque music — with its textures of ornamentation — has always been difficult to access on an emotional level. Yet it has really opened itself up to me recently through a number of recordings, including this week’s recommendation: French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée as conducted by William Christie with Les Arts Florissants, a Baroque-focused chamber orchestra Christie founded in 1979.

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  • Alexander's Playlist: Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets

    By Alexander Neef

    In almost everything he did, Debussy truly charted a new path. He blazed it with confidence and opened new perspectives for generations after him, and while I have long appreciated his entire body of work — and this string quartet in particular — I have only recently discovered this 1965 recording by the incomparable mid-century ensemble “Quartetto Italiano.”

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  • Alexander's Playlist: Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

    By Alexander Neef

    This week, I would like to share a very personal recommendation, and one of the first CDs I remember listening to: Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini, leading the Vienna Philharmonic.

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