Ostrava Days (4): Promises of intriguing program delivers dullness and disappointment


  Ostrava Days (4): Massobrio, De Bièvre, Ames, Polansky, Hiller, Sievers: ZWERM, Ostravská Banda String Quartet, Jeroen Stevens (percussion), Jutta Troch (harp), Larry Polansky (guitar), Péter Balog (guitar), Philharmonic Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic. 02.09.2011 (GG) Read more

Notes from the 2011 Salzburg Festival ( 19 ) – Beethoven, Mahler, and “Tolerance”


 Mahler, Beethoven: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 19.8.2011 (JFL) Read more

Prom 67: Sir Colin Davis digs beneath the surface in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Proms


  Proms 67 Beethoven, Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123. Helena Juntunen (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo), Paul Groves (tenor), Matthew Rose (bass), Gordan Nikolitch (violin), London Philarmonic Choir, London  Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis. Royal Albert Hall, London, 4.9. 2011 (CC) Read more

Ostrava Days Festival (3): Varied Program Weak in the Middle


  Ostrava Days Festival (3): Hanlon, Lyon, Ueda, Polansky, Gronewicz, Riehm, Chutková, Graham, Sciarrino: Canticum Ostrava, Ostravská Banda, Pauline Kim (violin), Conrad Harris (violin), Theo Nabicht (contrabass clarinet), Milan Osadsky (accordion), Beatrice Gaudreault-Laplant (english horn), Marta Tománková (soprano), Katalin Károlyi (mezzo-soprano), Jurij Galatenko (conductor), Petr Kotík (conductor), St. Wenceslas Church, Ostrava, Czech Republic. 1.9.2011 (GG) Read more

Festival Maribor (1):Hell Breaks Loose Ligeti, Bartok and Sculthorpe at Maribor Festival, Slovenia


  Festival Maribor: Sculthorpe, Ligeti, Bartók: Richard Tognetti (violin), Festival Maribor Orchestra, Marko Letonja (conductor). Maribor (Slovenia), Union Hall, 02.09.2011 (LV) Read more

Proms 63 & 64: Fun at the Proms? It can happen .


Prom 63 & 64: Liszt, Mahler, and ‘Audience Choice’: Dejan Lazić (piano), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer. Royal Albert Hall,London, 2.9.11. (JPr) Read more

Wu Wows Olympic Festival Audience with Dazzling Debut


Ravel, Rachmaninoff and Mozart: Di Wu and Julio Elizalde (pianos), Olympic Music Festival, Quilcene, WA, 3.9.2010 (BJ) Read more

Kaleidoscopic Ravel at Edinburgh played by an “orchestra of virtuosi”


  Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (16) – Ravel: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott (conductor),  Usher Hall, 3.9.2011 (SRT) Read more

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