A Pair of Philharmonie Concerts Subtly Challenge Ideas of Musical Drama

20/03/2017

Gruber, Bartók, Ravel, and Berio: Emanuel Ax (piano), Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Rinat Shaham (mezzo-soprano), Gábor Bretz (bass), Ulrich Noethen, Dino Scandariato (narrators), Members of the Berlin Radio Choir and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Paul Jeukendrup (sound direction), Orchestral Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 18.3.2017. (MB) Read more

Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Translated to Reeds

19/03/2017

Tchaikovsky, Muhly, Bach: The Calefax Wind Quintet (Oliver Boekhoorn [oboe], Ivar Berix [clarinet], Raaf Hekkema [saxophone], Jelte Althuis [bass clarinet], Alban Wesly [bassoon]) Town Hall, New York City, 5.3.2017. (KG) Read more

With Barber’s Violin Concerto, Shaham Saves the Day

19/03/2017

Schreker, Barber, Beethoven: Gil Shaham (violin), San Francisco Symphony / Juraj Valčuha (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 16.3.2017. (HS) Read more

Programming and Performances to Satisfy the ‘Thinking Ear’ at Berlin’s New Concert Hal

19/03/2017

Mozart, Boulez, and Schoenberg: Donatienne Michel-Dansac (contralto), Boulez Ensemble / François-Xavier Roth (conductor). Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, 17.3.2017. (MB) Read more

Dissolving Borders and Walls through Music

18/03/2017

Morawetz, Bernstein, MacDowell, Copland: Alessio Bax (piano), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 11.3.2017. (GN)

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Alessio Bax © Matthew Baird

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Beatrice Rana plays the Goldberg Variations

18/03/2017

Bach: Beatrice Rana (piano), Sala Sinopoli at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia,  Rome, 15.3.2017. (JB)

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Beatrice Rana (c) Accademia Santa Cecilia

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Die Schöpfung Seems ‘At Home’ in Berlin’s Konzerthaus

16/03/2017

Haydn: Julia Kleiter (soprano), Christian Elsner (tenor), René Pape (bass), Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus master: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin/Zubin Mehta (conductor). Konzerthaus, Berlin, 14.3.2017. (MB) Read more

An Elizabethan Outing Finds Stile Antico at their Finest

14/03/2017

Dowland, Byrd, Tallis et al: Stile Antico, Chan Centre, Vancouver, 5.3.2017. (GN)

Stile Antico © Jan Gates

Stile Antico © Jan Gates

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