Trio Zimbalist and Roberto Díaz give a thrilling object lesson in chamber music values

United StatesUnited States Dvořák, Fauré – Curtis on Tour: Roberto Diaz (viola), Trio Zimbalist (Josef Špaček [violin], Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin [cello], George Xiaoyuan Fu [piano]). Buttenwieser Hall, 92nd St Y, New York, 28.2.2024. (TM)

Trio Zimbalist with violist Roberto Díaz © Matthew Herman

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Transcending transience: a thoughtful and moving Shirazi and Shostakovich from Parlando

United StatesUnited States Various, Parlando Presents – ‘Transient Voices’: Irina Rindzuner (soprano), Mikhail Svetlov (bass-baritone), Parlando / Ian Niederhoffer (conductor). Merkin Hall, New York, 25.2.2024. (TM)

Ian Niederhoffer conducts Mikhail Svetlov (bass-baritone), Irina Rindzuner (soprano) and Parlando © Crios Photography

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A fine revival of the Met’s ‘old-fashioned’ Tannhäuser reclaims Wagner’s undervalued early opera

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Tannhäuser: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Sir Donald Runnicles (conductor). Metropolitan Opera, New York, 6.12.2023. (TM)

Ekaterina Gubanova (Venus) and Andreas Schager (Tannhäuser) © Evan Zimmerman/Met Opera


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Stasevska combines Sibelius with Porra’s electric bass concerto in a charisma-fueled SSO program

United StatesUnited States Meredith, Porra, Sibelius: Lauri Porra (electric bass), Seattle Symphony / Dalia Stasevska (conductor). Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 16.11.2023. (TM)

Dalia Stasevska conducts Lauri Porra (electric bass) and the Seattle Symphony © Brandon Patoc

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Azrieli Music Prizes make their London debut presenting the richly varied works of their 2022 laureates

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Azrieli Music Prizes – Iman Habibi, Aharon Harlap and Rita Ueda: Sharon Azrieli (soprano), Jessika Kenney (vocalist), Naomi Sato (sho), Zhongxi Wu (suona and sheng), Pouyan Biglar (setar), Georgia Mann (presenter), Philharmonia Orchestra / Steven Mercurio (conductor). Cadogan Hall, London, 15.10.2023. (TM)

Steven Mercurio conducts soprano Sharon Azrieli and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Aharon Harlap’s Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord © Chris O’Donovan Photography

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