Kaleidoscopic Ravel at Edinburgh played by an “orchestra of virtuosi”

04/09/2011

United KingdomUnited Kingdom   Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (16) – Ravel: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott (conductor),  Usher Hall, 3.9.2011 (SRT) Read more

Prom 60 – Professional sounding Mozart-Bruckner Concert lacks excitement

03/09/2011

United KingdomUnited Kingdom   Prom 60. Mozart, Bruckner, David Fray (piano), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 30.9.2011 (GD) Read more

Feldman Classic Caps Second Night in Ostrava

02/09/2011

  Czech RepublicCzech Republic Ostrava Days 2011 (2): Matuszewski, Muntag, Smolka, Feldman: Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Kral (tuba), Karel Sin (tuba), Joseph Kubera (piano), Petr Kotik (conductor), Johannes Kalitzke (conductor), Ondrej Vrabec (conductor), Philharmonic Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic. 31.8.2011 (GG) Read more

Marathon Czech Concert Revives Weary Visiting Critic

02/09/2011

Czech RepublicCzech Republic   Ostrava Days 2011 (1): Wolff, Tone, Park, Bakla, Mumma, Jeney, Xenakis, Ferneyhough, Ames, Boulez, Ashley, Cardew, Feldman: Ostravská Banda, Ostrava Days Ensemble, Rhodri Davies (harp), Daan Vandewalle (piano), Conrad Harris (violin), Katalin Károlyi (mezzo-soprano), John Eckhardt (bass), Arne Deforce (cello), Hana Kotková (violin), Fabrizio Rosso (electronics), Roberto Mucchuit (electronics), Thomas Buckner (baritone), Petr Kotik (conductor), Ondrej Vrabec (conductor), John Tilbury (coordinator), Philharmonic Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic. 30.8.2011 (GG) Read more

Notes from the 2011 Salzburg Festival ( 18 ) – Shostakovich Quartet Cycle

01/09/2011

AustriaAustria Shostakovich: Mandelring Quartett, Grand Concert Hall, Mozarteum, Salzburg, 18. & 19.8.2011 (JFL) Read more

Great Brahms, Played Superbly

01/09/2011

 United StatesUnited States  Kodály, Brahms, and Prokofiev: Jessica Lee and Arnaud Sussmann (violins); Emily Deans and Alan Iglitzin (violas); David Requiro (cello); Julio Elizalde (piano); Olympic Music Festival, Quilcene, WA, 27.8.2010 (BJ) Read more

A Fortnight of Music Nears End at San Sebastian with Schoenberg, Brahms and Beethoven

31/08/2011

SpainSpain   Schoenberg, Brahms, Beethoven: Susanne Bernhard (soprano), Gerhild Romberger (mezzo), Christian Elsner (tenor), Michael Volle (bass),WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, Orfeón Donostiarra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and José Antonio Sainz Alfaro (conductors). Quincena Musical de San Sebastián (Spain), Auditorio Kursaal, 29.08.2011 (LV) Read more

Prom 57 – Compelling performances from Pires, Zinman and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

31/08/2011

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 57 – Anders Hillborg, Mozart, Beethoven:  Maria João Pires (piano), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman (conductor) Royal Albert Hall, London, 27.8.2011 (GD) Read more

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