Meta4’s stimulating celebration of Beethoven 250 in Bonn

09/02/2020

GermanyGermany BTHVN WOCHE [1] – Beethoven: Meta4 (Antti Tikkanen, Mina Pensola [violins], Atte Kilpeläinen [viola], Tomas Djupsjöbacka [cello]). Kammermusiksaal Hermann J. Abs, Bonn, 6.2.2020 (MB) Read more

Rafael Payare and Vilde Frang give towering performances with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

08/02/2020

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Bartók, Shostakovich, Dvořák: Vilde Frang (violin), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Rafael Payare (conductor). Tonhalle Maag, Zurich. 6.1.2020. (JR)

Rafael Payare (c) Benjamin Ealovega

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In Seattle, Kopatchinskaja is electrifying in Shostakovich

07/02/2020

United StatesUnited States Grieg, Shostakovich, Nielsen: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard (conductor). Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 1.2.2020. (ZC)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (c) Carlin Ma

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Susan Graham, ‘America’s favorite mezzo’, returns to Alice Tully Hall in radiant form

06/02/2020

United StatesUnited States Various: Susan Graham (mezzo soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano), Alice Tully Hall, New York, 4.2.2020. (RP)

Susan Graham © Dario Acosta

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In Utrecht, three finalists at the Nederlands Vioolconcours

06/02/2020

NetherlandsNetherlands Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Ravel – Nederlands Vioolconcours [2]: Leon Blekh, Charlotte Spruit, Coraline Groen (violins); Residentie Orkest The Hague / Anja Bihlmaier (conductor). TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands. 2.2.2020. (LV)

Coraline Groen (violin), Residentie Orchestra, & Anja Bihlmaier (conductor)
(c) Foppe Schut

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Corrado Rovaris celebrates the Big 20 with an electrifying Verdi Requiem in Philadelphia

05/02/2020

United StatesUnited States Verdi, Messa da Requiem: Leah Crocetto (soprano), Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano), Evan LeRoy Johnson (tenor), In-Sung Sim (bass), Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus / Corrado Rovaris (conductor), Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 2.2.2020. (RP)

Corrado Rovaris conducting Opera Philadelphia in Verdi’s Requiem © Dominic M. Mercier

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Jun Märkl’s dark Fantastique highlights an all-French evening

05/02/2020

CanadaCanada Boulez, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz: István Várdai (cello), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Jun Märkl (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 26.1.2020. (GN)

Cellist István Várdai and conductor Jun Märkl © Matthew Baird

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Cleveland Orchestra riveting in profound Prokofiev Sixth

05/02/2020

United StatesUnited States Prokofiev, Bridge, Dukas: Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, 30.1.2020. (MSJ)

Franz Welser-Möst (c) Roger Mastroianni

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