• St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie

    Ambivalence of Shostakovich Apology Beautiful to Hear

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 05th, 2017

    Who can play Shostakovich better than a Russian? Shostakovich’s Fifth symphony has come down to us as an apology to Stalin during a time of heightened scrutiny not only of artists but of everyone under him. Now it is thought to be a protest against Stalinist terror. Whatever its messages, and messages from Russians continue to be unclear, the music is beautiful, a classical symphony brought forward into the 20th century.

  • Jaap van Zweden Conducts Dallas Orchestra

    Tchaikovsky and Bruckner Revealed

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 04th, 2017

    Japp van Zweden the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, performs wonders in his current home town of Dallas, Texas.

  • Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin

    Layering Bruckner in Carnegie Hall

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 29th, 2017

    Bruckner's wish list included three harps for this Symphony No. 8. There were only two, but no matter. The Staatskapelle Berlin, performing the penultimate Bruckner Symphony with Daniel Barenboim, built layer upon layer, filling the outer reaches of Carnegie Hall with complex sounds, glorious to hear. MediciTV has some of Barenboim's Bruckner available for listening for the next three months.

  • Barenboim Reveals Bruckner at Carnegie Hall

    Berlin Staastskapelle Berlin Uncover the Keys

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 28th, 2017

    Bruckner's Seventh Symphony find brought him acclaim. To get away from the barbs of a merciless critic, he persuaded conductor Arthur Nikisch to open in Leipsig, far from the offending pen. The premier was greeted with fifteen minutes of applause. The Seventh is often called Bruckner's most accessible work. Barenboim conducting also shows its subtleties and complexities.

  • Bychkov Befriends Tchaikovsky

    New York Philharmonic in World Class Performance

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 26th, 2017

    Semyon Bychkov brought all his rich knowledge of Tchaikovsky to David Geffen Hall and invited members of the New York Philharmonic to play their hearts out as he encouraged them in a stellar performance of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Each and every special detail emerged in a multi-textured whole. No one wanted to leave the Hall at the conclusion.

  • Tanglewood 2017 Updates

    Natalie Merchant and Avett Brothers Added

    By: BSO - Jan 26th, 2017

    Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant makes her Tanglewood debut on Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m.,in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. She began her career with alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981. On Friday, September 1, American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers—named for brothers Scott and Seth Avett—make their Tanglewood debut.

  • Daniel Barenboim Celebrates 60 Years at Carnegie

    Saucy and Majestic Mozart and Bruckner

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 25th, 2017

    A consummate musician, Daniel Barenboim showed us how Mozart and Anton Bruckner could bring a saucy spirit to magesterial moments.

  • Marilyn Horne Makes the Case for Art Song

    Talented Young Singers

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 22nd, 2017

    New York was shrouded in thick fog, but Marilyn Horne shone a light on the art of song and of all the arts as she began to make her case to the current administration in Washington. No statement is more clear and heart-touching than beautiful voices raised in song before a rapt audience.

  • Marilyn Horne's Art Song at Carnegie

    Weill Music Institute is Home to Education

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 19th, 2017

    Marilyn Horne's father saw Shirley Temple on the big screen and thought his daughter belonged there too. At the age of two she first performed in public. Here was a stage father whose personal aspirations matched his daughter's talents. For decades Marilyn Horne has given great pleasure as a performer and extended the audience for the art song. Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute presents Horne's master classes as part of "The Song Continues."

  • Mirror Visions Celebrates

    In Tight on Words and Music

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 17th, 2017

    Mirror Visions Ensemble commemorated its 25th anniversary with a concert at The Sheen Center. Their driving vision is that each composer will interpret a poem, passage or letters in his or her own way. The composer is to find the true musical equivalent for the poem. The variety of the setting is no less than the variety of the poem. The group often contrast two composers take on the same poem, mirror images.

  • 50th Anniversary of The Boston Tea Party

    A Night To Be Remembered

    By: Steve Nelson - Jan 17th, 2017

    The legendary rock and blues club The Boston Tea Party first opened its doors on Friday night, January 20, 1967. The Music Museum Of New England will commemorate the event on Friday, January 20, 2017, 5-8pm, at The Verb Hotel and Hojoko Japanese Tavern, 1271 Boylston Street (opposite Fenway Park)

  • Opera America Showcases New Opera

    Wonderful Singing and Sonos Chamber Orchestra

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 15th, 2017

    Opera is alive and well. New works are a-borning across our country and opera houses are mounting them. There is an audience for new work. Singers like performing it. Orchestras are delighted to give it a try. This is an exciting time for an old art form. Opera America, the national service organization for opera, is leading the way.

  • NY City Opera Revives

    Iconic Candide at the Rose Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 13th, 2017

    In the best of all possible worlds, the New York City Opera is alive and well at the Rose Theater, Lincoln Center. With Harold Prince at the helm in a production he has mounted for NYCO before, an exuberant romp through Voltaire's classic shows just how live NYCO is in its new incarnation.

  • Susanna Phillips More Than a Beautiful Voice

    Demonstrated How to Give a Song Recital

    By: David Bonetti - Feb 08th, 2017

    Young American soprano, Susanna Phillips, has what it takes - a beautiful voice, a charming manner and a fierce intelligence. Her Celebrity Series concert, "Women's Lives and Loves," traced the female condition through song. It could serve as a seminar in how to build a vocal recital.

  • Carnegie Hall Presents the Tallis Scholars

    St. Ignatius Loyola Offers the Acoustics

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 09th, 2017

    Carnegie Hall is offering a festival of Music from the Venetian Republic. At St. Ignatius Loyola, one of New York City’s acoustic treasures, the Tallis Scholars offered Venetian Voices, singing in split choirs, both to provide more vocal lines and to speak to each other when composers asked.

  • Tchaikovsky Befriended by New York Philharmonic

    Joshua Gersen Conducts with Brilliant Restraint

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 11th, 2017

    The program began with Francesca da Rimini, a symphonic fantasy. The music seemed more likely to have been composed in 1976 than in 1876. The buzzing strings, dissonance and mixed instrumental textures are thoroughly modern. Yet the story is eternal: a woman falls in love with her husband’s brother and descends to hell. Tchaikovsky adopted this as program music from Dante. The whirlwind which sweeps up the musical story prepares us for a similar whirlwind in the fourth movement of the Pathetique.

  • Andris Nelsons Collaborates with BSO

    Beautiful Tone, Dynamic Range and Story Telling

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 03rd, 2017

    When Andris Nelsons stepped on to the Carnegie Hall stage as the last minute substitute for James Levine, we did not know that the event would be as momentous as Leonard Bernstein's last minute substitution for an aiiling Bruno Walter. Who knows how these seminal moments will be ranked in musical history. So much lies before the the young conductor. Performance after performance Nelsons and his musician collaborators from the Boston Symphony exceed themselves.

  • The Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

    Franz Welser-Möst Conducts

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 25th, 2017

    Schubert tripped the light fantastic, and so too René Staar, contemporary composer and musical polymath. Strauss Richard showed us how to share whatever narcissism we have with others and make it work. Another Strauss was a fillp to the moving and delightful evening at Carnegie Hall.

  • Carlisle Floyd's Prince of Players

    Little Opera Stages a Beauty

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 23rd, 2017

    The New York premiere of Carlisle Floyd's opera, Prince of Players, is mounted by little OPERA. The wonderful story is about a male actor who has made his livelihood playing women's roles and is out of job because King Charles II has issued an edict permitting women to play women's roles. The final outcome is surprising, but well-plotted by the composer, who is also his own librettist.

  • Coronation of Poppea's Trip to Venice

    Monteverdi's Last Opera Triumphs

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 22nd, 2017

    Carnegie Hall has treated us with a two week virtual trip to Venice in the late 17th century. The final evening's performance was Claudio Monteverdi's last opera, L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Concerto Italiano produced a moving interpretation, ranging from camp fun to the deep contralto feelings of Ottone. Monteverdi began a tradition that lives on today in the operas of Kevin Puts, Nico Muhly and Missy Mazzoli.

  • Ensemble Y at Weill Recital Hall

    Venice of the 17th Century Played and Sung

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 21st, 2017

    Carnegie Hall includes in their celebration of Venetian music a group of young artists, Ensemble Y. Instrumentalists and singers gave great pleasure in baroque music.

  • Tanglewood Launches Massive Upgrade

    $30 Million Project to Open in 2019

    By: BSO - Feb 21st, 2017

    Tanglewood has announced plans for the construction of a new multi-use, multi-season four-building complex designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and be the focal point of a new initiative, the Tanglewood Learning Institute, offering wide-ranging education and enrichment programs designed to enhance the patron experience.

  • Dorrance Dazzles at the Guggenheim

    Bringing the Art of Tap Dance to a Museum

    By: Deborah Heineman - Feb 19th, 2017

    Michelle Dorrance proves once again that the “Genius” award she received in 2015 for her tap-dancing brilliance (the same year as Lin-Manuel Miranda received his for “Hamilton”) is abundantly deserved!

  • A Jonathan Biss Carnegie Master Class

    What's in a Note?

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 19th, 2017

    Master classes give musicians a chance for deep listening to their performance and listeners a deeper understanding of music. Jonathan Biss is working on late compositions of composers. He thinks about near-end-of-life art. In it, he finds particular richness as he looks at the singular note, its overtones, and harmonics and chromaticism. These elements he finds drive excellent interpretations.

  • Beethoven and Mahler at the NY Philharmonic

    Inon Barnatan Graces the Concerto

    By: Djurdjija Vucinic - Feb 17th, 2017

    Manfred Honeck conducted the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's first Piano Concerto and Gustsv Mahler's First Symphony. Beethoven’s was actually the second and a big leap forward from his first. Mahler’s took the world by storm, featuring nature, folk and funeral music and an expansion of orchestral sound from its time binds into space.

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