A Dvořák rarity scores over subdued Janáček in Cleveland

13/01/2020

United StatesUnited States Dvořák, Mozart, Janáček: Yefim Bronfman (piano), Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, 9.1.2020. (MSJ)

The Cleveland Orchestra & Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) (c) Roger Mastroianni

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Paavo Järvi continues his impressive Tchaikovsky cycle with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

10/01/2020

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Bartók, Tchaikovsky: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / Paavo Järvi (conductor), Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 9.1.2020. (JR)

Paavo Järvi (c) Priska Ketterer

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Homeward bound with Chopin and Szymanowski at the Brooklyn Art Song Society

06/01/2020

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society Home III – Chopin and Szymanowski: Amy Owens (soprano), Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Michael Brofman, Spencer Myer, Miori Sugiyama (piano). Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, 3.1.2020. (RP)

Chopin and Syzmanowski © Joan Chiverton

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Superbly executed Wigmore Hall exploration of Dawn to Dusk by Pavel Kolesnikov

05/01/2020

  1. United KingdomUnited Kingdom Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Bartók, Beethoven – Dawn to Dusk: Pavel Kolesnikov (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 4.1.2020. (CC)

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel

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Barenboim leads a profound anticipation of the Berlin Beethoven 250th anniversary year

03/01/2020

GermanyGermany Mozart and Beethoven: Elena Stikhina (soprano), Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo-soprano), Andreas Schager (tenor), René Pape (bass), Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (piano & conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 31.12.2019. (MB)

Daniel Barenboim © Pablo Castagnola

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Philadelphia’s Messiah achieves mixed results

30/12/2019

United StatesUnited States Handel, Messiah: Susanna Phillips (soprano), Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano), Jonas Hacker (tenor), Henry Waddington (bass-baritone), Philadelphia Symphonic Choir (Joe Miller, director), Philadelphia Orchestra / Jane Glover (conductor). Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 22.12.2019. (BJ)

Jane Glover (c) Jim Steere

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North Africa in myth and fantasy at NYC’s The Players Club

26/12/2019

United StatesUnited States Various composers, Carthage Conquer’d: Dreams of Tunis in the Baroque Imagination: Presented by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, The Players Club, New York City, 12.12.2019. (CP)

Jessica Gould and musicians (c) Stephen Delas Heras.

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In Philadelphia, Kavakos and the orchestra in profoundly imaginative Shostakovich

24/12/2019

United StatesUnited States Shostakovich, Wynton Marsalis: Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Philadelphia Orchestra / Cristian Mâcelaru (conductor). Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 14.12.2019. (BJ)

Leonidas Kavakos (c) Marco Borggreve

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