Dazzling and searching performances from Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble

10/09/2019

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [6] – Beethoven, Bartók, and Boulez: Boulez Ensemble, Daniel Barenboim (piano, conductor). Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, 9.9.2019. (MB) Read more

The music of Xenakis makes a truly elemental impression in Berlin

09/09/2019

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [5] – Eötvös, Xenakis, and Varèse: Isabelle Faust (violin), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Peter Eötvös (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 8.9.2019. (MB) Read more

A splendid contribution to Musikfest Berlin from Peter Eötvös and Ensemble Musikfabrik

09/09/2019

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [4] – Lachenmann, Hosokawa, and Eötvös: Ryoko Aoki (Noh-performer), Mayumi Miyata (shō), Ulrich Löffler (piano), Helen Bledsoe (flute), Dirk Rothbrust (percussion), Ensemble Musikfabrik / Peter Eötvös (conductor), Kammermusiksaal, Berlin, 8.9.2019. (MB)

Peter Eötvös (conductor) and Ensemble Musikfabrik (c) Adam Janisch

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A fascinating, stimulating Berlin programme from Ensemble Modern

06/09/2019

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [3] – Varèse, Neuwirth, and Andriessen: Hermann Kretzchmar (piano), Catherine Milliken (speaker), Norbert Ommer (sound direction), Chorwerk Ruhr (chorus director: Klaas Stok), Ensemble Modern / Brad Lubman (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 4.9.2019. (MB)

Ensemble Modern at Musikfest Berlin © Adam Janisch

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An uneven concert performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten at Musikfest Berlin

02/09/2019

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [2] – Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten: Soloists, Children’s Choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (chorus director, Vinzenz Weissenburger), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director, Benjamin Goodson), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin, 1.9.2019. (MB)

Musikfest Berlin’s Die Frau ohne Schatten (c) Monika Karczmarczyk

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s outstanding Messiaen opens Musikfest Berlin

02/09/2019

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [1] – Messiaen: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano). Philharmonie, Berlin, 30.8.2019. (MB)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (c) Marco Borggreve

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Outstanding Berg from Kirill Petrenko in Salzburg

28/08/2019

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [11] – Berg and Beethoven: Marlis Petersen (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (contralto), Benjamin Bruns (tenor), Kwangchul Youn (bass), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director: Gijs Leenaars), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 25.8.2019. (MB)

Kirill Petrenko and the BPO (c) Salzburger Festspiele/Marco Borrelli

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Daniel Barenboim’s Way with Mahler Remains Not Completely Convincing

28/08/2019

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [10] – Mahler: Okka von der Damerau (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 22.8.2019. (MB)

Okka von der Damerau (c) Michael Lie

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