Gorgeous Bruch and Brahms from Mutter and Luisi at the Start of their Tour


Takemitsu, Bruch, Brahms: Philharmonia Zurich / Fabio Luisi (conductor), Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Zurich Opera House, 14.5.2017. (JR)

Anne-Sophie Mutter, München 2015

Anne-Sophie Mutter (c) Monika Höfler

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Prokofiev’s Powerful Fiery Angel Overwhelms in Convincing Bieito Production


Prokofiev, The Fiery Angel: Philharmonia Zurich Gianandrea Noseda (conductor), Zurich Opera, 7.5.2017. (JR)

The Fiery Angel (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Pappano and Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra On Major European Tour – Phenomenal!


Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Respighi: Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Yuja Wang (piano), Tonhalle Zurich, 2.5.2017. (JR)


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No Lang Lang But Oodles of Orchestral Colour from Thibaudet and Bringuier


Ravel, Stravinsky: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Lionel Bringuier (conductor), Tonhalle Zurich, 27.4.2017. (JR)

Jean-Yves Thibaudet Photo 1

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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Barrie Kosky’s Macbeth: No Light at the End of the Tunnel


Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Gianandrea Noseda (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich 23.4.2017. (JR)


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NEW! Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich Announces Details of New Season 2017/2018


The Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich in 2017/18

The Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich was founded 150 years ago and plans a season of celebratory events. This coincides with their having to move out temporarily of their home for the last 150 years, the Tonhalle building itself, which is in dire need of refurbishment and modernisation, particularly the backstage and foyer areas. The works will take a full three years and in that period most of their Zurich concerts will take place in a newly constructed hall within an existing industrial building (the ‘Maaghalle’) in the northern part of the city. Management will do its utmost to ensure its existing (often elderly, conservative and not especially discerning) audience makes the trek to a part of the city hitherto possibly unknown to them and less easy to access than the Tonhalle building by the lake and in the centre of the city. It hopes however that its new trendy location may attract a younger audience, who know the area for its clubs, modern art galleries and eclectic shops. Time will tell, but already two thirds of the subscriptions have been sold even before the programme was announced – now what does that tell you about Zurich’s concert life? Read more

Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent’s St Matthew Passion: Professional but Somewhat Lacking Emotion


Bach: Soloists, Collegium Vocale Gent / Philippe Herreweghe (conductor), Tonhalle Zurich, 15.4.2017. (JR) Read more

Bostridge in Zurich Excels with Mahler Lieder: a Master-Class


Mahler, Brahms: Musikkollegium Winterthur, Ian Bostridge (tenor) St. Peter’s Church Zurich, 10.4.2017. (JR)

Photo credit: Ben Ealovega.

Ian Bostridge (c) Ben Ealovega.

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