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

19/08/2011

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’

19/08/2011

 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

Prom 43 – A fine young pianist and a Bax symphony make their debuts

19/08/2011

Copland, Bax, Barber, Bartok, Prokofiev:  Yuja Wang (piano), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton. Royal Albert Hall, London 16.8.2011 (RB) Read more

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

17/08/2011

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

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (3) – Montreal orchestra makes a splash

17/08/2011

Debussy, Tan Dun, Beethoven:  Wang Beibei (percussion), Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano (conductor), Usher Hall, 16.8.2011 (SRT)

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Williams’ Beethoven sonata cycle “a revelation.”

17/08/2011

The Beethoven Concert Series at Greyfriars Kirk (2) – Llŷr Williams (piano), Greyfriars Kirk, 16.8.2011 (SRT) Read more

Quincena Musical San Sebastián 2011 (2) – Pan awakens for Yannick Nézet-Séguin

17/08/2011

Mahler : Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Orfeón Donostiarra (chorus), Karen Cargill (mezzo), Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Auditorio Kursaal. 13.8.2011 (JMI)

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Prom 42 – The festival’s first complete Swan Lake ; or was it?

17/08/2011

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake: Orchestra of the Mariinksy Theatre, Valery Gergiev (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 15.8.2011 (MB) Read more

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