Born in Southampton (UK) in 1959, Michael Jameson's musical career began with cello lessons at age 6. Five years later, he gave his first public performances, later playing Elgar's cello concerto whilst still at school. After studies at London's Guildhall School of Music, he freelanced with some of the UK's finest orchestras, and also spent six years as cellist of the Wessex String Quartet. Also an influential critic, he became the youngest ever contributor to Gramophone magazine, and has subsequently written for virtually every English-language record review magazine, across three continents. He is the author of several books (including a biography of Vaughan Williams, a study of Mozart's piano concertos, and a survey of lesser-known Viennese Classicists), and a popular lecturer and broadcaster.
Mike's approach to writing about music is essentially simple - 'It's akin to live performance…you've got get your audience on side', he says. 'And if I manage to convey something of my own enthusiasm for a particular composer or work to the reader, and motivate them get to know the music for themselves, it's definitely been worthwhile. That's why I find writing for AMG so personally rewarding.'
Selected favourite recordings:
Bach - Das wohltemperirte Clavier, Books 1 & 2.
Edwin Fischer (piano)
EMI Références CHS 7 63188 2
Beethoven - The complete sonatas for Violin & Piano.
David Oistrakh (violin) Lev Oborin (piano) Philips 468 406
Tchaikovsky - 'Souvenir de Florence', etc. Borodin Quartet.
Teldec 4509 90422 2
Mahler - Symphony No. 2 in C minor Resurrection
Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Westminster Choir.
Barbara Hendricks (soprano) Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
DG 423 395-2