An excellent Verdi Requiem at Chicago’s Grant Park Festival


 Verdi, Requiem: Grant Park Orchestra, William G. Spaulding (Guest Chorus Director), Amber Wagner (soprano), Michaela Martens (mezzo soprano), Michael Fabiano (tenor), Kyle Ketelsen (bass-baritone), Carlos Kalmar (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor), Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago, 20.8.2011 (JLZ) Read more

Poetic Inspiration: A Poet Tackles Mozart at the Mostly Mozart Festival


 Mostly Mozart Festival (5): Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Jonathan Nott (Conductor), Juho Pohjonen (Piano), Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 17.8.2011 (SSM)
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Notes from the 2011 Salzburg Festival ( 11 ) – Beethoven


 Beethoven: Kristian Bezuidenhout (piano), Viktoria Mullova (violin), Grand Concert Hall Mozarteum, Salzburg, 11.8.2011 (JFL) Read more

Notes from the 2011 Salzburg Festival ( 10 ) – Schubert, Schumann, Schoenberg


 Schubert, Schumann, Schoenberg: Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Mark Steinberg (violin, viola), Clemens Hagen (cello), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Barbara Sukowa (speaker), Marina Piccinini (flute), Anthony McGill (clarinet), Haus für Mozart, Salzburg, 10.8.2011 (JFL) Read more

Aspen Music Festival (13) – A fully staged West Side Story, recitals by Meyer and Chang,Ravel’s Piano Trio and some Messiaen


Aspen Music Festival (13): Recitals by Edgar Meyer (bass) and Sarah Chang (violin), Steven Osborne and friends play Ravel’s Piano Trio, Opera Theater does West Side Story. 19.8.2011 (HS) Read more

Aspen Music Festival 2011 (12) – Gerstein, ASQ, West Side Story with Sarah Chang and some unforgettable Messiaen


Aspen Music Festival (12): Gerstein plays Brahms concerto, American String Quartet plays Ravel, a new “West Side Story” showpiece for Sarah Chang and an unforgettable Quartet for the End of Time. 15.8.2011 (HS) Read more

Grant Park Music Festival 2011 – An outstanding performance of Franz Schmidt’s ‘Book with Seven Seals’


 Franz Schmidt, Book with Seven Seals: Grant Park Orchestra, William G. Spaulding (Guest Chorus Director), Edith Lienbacher (soprano), Christa Ratzenböck (mezzo soprano), Robert Künzli (tenor), Alexander Kaimbacher (tenor), Albert Pesendorfer (bass). Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Carlos Kalmar, Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago. 13.8.2011. (JLZ) Read more

Solid Fare from Mozart and Mendelssohn, Goulash from Dvořák: the Takács Quartet at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival


 Mostly Mozart Festival (4): Takács Quartet, Andreas Haefliger (piano), Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 7.8.2011 (SSM) Read more

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