Gerard Schwarz Returns to Continue a Beethoven Tradition


United StatesUnited States Humperdinck, Beethoven: Christine Goerke (soprano), Luretta Bybee (mezzo-soprano), John Mac Master (tenor), Greer Grimsley (bass-baritone), Seattle Symphony and Chorale, Gerard Schwarz (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 29.12.2011 (BJ) Read more

Rodolphus Choir Bridges Gap between Christmas and Epiphany


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Elgar, Warlock, Poulenc, Cornelius, Bednall, Chivers, Parry et al.: Rodolphus Choir, Ralph Allwood/conductor, Cheltenham College Chapel, 2.1.2012. (RJ) Read more

Bach and Messiaen: Varieties of Religious Experience


United StatesUnited States  Bach, Messiaen: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus, Norman Mackenzie (Director), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Robert Spano (Conductor), Carnegie Hall, New York, 15.12.2011 (SSM) Read more

Mahler’s 10th: Not Perfect Enough For Mahler Himself


United StatesUnited States  Mahler, Symphony No. 10 (Performing Version “Cooke III”): New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor), Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1.12.2011 (SSM) Read more

Popular Unpopularity: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Madrid


SpainSpain Jules Massenet, Don Quichotte: Soloists, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Intermezzo Choir, Marc Piollet (conductor), Teatro Real de Madrid, 19.12.2011 (JMI) Read more

John Lubbock’ Delightful ‘Messiah’ Banishes the December Blues


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel: Messiah: Hannah Davey (soprano), Roderick Morris (counter-tenor), John Pierce (tenor), David Pike (baritone), OSJ Voices (chorus master: Jeremy Jackman), Orchestra of St John’s, John Lubbock (conductor). Hall One, Kings Place, London, 22.12. 2011 (MB) Read more

Glory and Power: Fabio Biondi’s Messiah At Santa Cecilia


ItalyItaly Handel, MessiahOrchestra and Chorus of Santa Cecilia, Fabio Biondi (conductor) Ciro Visco (chorus master), Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Romina Basso (contralto), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Vito Priante (bass), Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome, 20.12.2011 (JB)

Fabio Biond Leads the Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia in the Messiah ©Musacchio Ianniello

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Triply Disappointing, Manifold Delighting: Ariadne auf Valencia


SpainSpain R. Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Valencia Community Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Palau de les Arts, Valencia, 16.12.2011 (JMI) Read more

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