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Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: Pianist Veronika Böhmová at the Czech Embassy in the Embassy Series by David Rohde

The Czech Republic is a small country with a big impact on music. It’s a good thing they don’t just churn out mere virtuosos, of whom the world has plenty. Instead the best of the lot ha…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Midyear CD Review: ‘Evocative Oboe, Witty Haydn, and a New Take on Duke Ellington’ by David Rohde

Serendipity counts in music as in anything else. A year and a half ago I recommended two outstanding debut albums by artists with local connections. Soprano Danielle Talamantes, a Northern V…

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Bach’s ‘Mass in B Minor’ with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society by David Rohde

Here’s an idea: Let’s change the name of Bach’s Mass in B Minor to the Mass in D Major. Just because convention calls for a piece to be named after its beginning key doesn’t mean tha…

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Review: Clarinetist Valentin Uryupin at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

The Music Room at the Phillips Collection is such a distinctive and up-close venue to hear performers that you can forget how momentous the events there can turn out to be. That may well hav…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center by David Rohde

Who needs to skip around musical history in a concert? A hundred years ago the musical world was in ferment, with shocking new developments right before and after World War I. The Montreal S…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Prokofiev Spring in Washington: A Preview of Seven Musical Events by David Rohde

When Andrew Lloyd Webber recently told a group of teenage rock musicians on Broadway that he wanted to talk about the music of Sergei Prokofiev rather than his own musicals, he was the lates…

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: ‘The Silver Age in Russian Poetry in Music’ at the Russian Chamber Art Society by David Rohde

The musical imagery of the material presented by Washington’s Russian Chamber Art Society is so distinctive that its substantial audiences actually crave the work that goes into listening …

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Review: Pianist András Schiff with Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore by David Rohde

If there is a spiritual content to music – music by itself, no lyrics, just abstract sound – then many listeners down through history have claimed to hear it in the final works of great …

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: Pianist Steven Osborne Plays Rachmaninoff at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

Given a choice between the intellectual and the emotional, most concert-goers, in their heart of hearts, will want to hear something that moves them. They got their wish on Sunday afternoon …

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Pianist Brian Ganz and Mezzo-Soprano Magdalena Wór in Their All-Chopin Performance at Strathmore by David Rohde

Songs you’ve never heard of in a foreign language you rarely hear, performed by two artists who started rehearsing them two days earlier. What kind of a formula for success is that? This k…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pianist Brian Ganz and Mezzo-Soprano Magdalena Wór Team Up for Special Chopin Concert This Saturday Night at Strathmore by David Rohde

They say the show must go on, and a set of unusual circumstances is bringing together two of Washington’s most distinctive classical performers this Saturday evening for a special concert …

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Friday, December 18, 2015

‘The Barber of Seville’ at the Metropolitan Opera by David Rohde

The Barber of Seville turns 200 years old in two months. Performing it in English translation works best when it helps show American audiences how similar the elements of effective comedy ar…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra Presented by Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore by David Rohde

Composers wrote great ballet and opera music for two reasons. The first was to help dancers and singers to portray characters and tell their stories. The second was to have the music led in …

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Monday, November 23, 2015

‘Semiramide’ with Washington Concert Opera at Lisner Auditorium by David Rohde

The predominance of voice in the operatic tradition usually doesn’t change the need for effective staging to put the full point across. Washington Concert Opera showcased at least one exce…

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cellist Amit Peled and Pianist Noreen Polera with Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater by David Rohde

Cellist Amit Peled is one of those practitioners of “serious” music who brings a kind of pizzazz that’s probably needed in the 21st century world of what’s generically dubbed classi…

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Friday, November 20, 2015

The National Symphony Orchestra with Guest Conductor Jiri Belohlavek and Pianist Igor Levit by David Rohde

The National Symphony Orchestra is doing one of its best guest conductors, Jiri Belohlavek, mostly proud this week with music from his Czech homeland. In the first of its three concerts this…

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

An Interview with Antony Walker, Artistic Director of Washington Concert Opera by David Rohde

The operas of early 19th century master Gioachino Rossini play a big part in the life of The artistic director of Washington Concert Opera is preparing for the company’s performance this …

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pianist Olga Kern in Recital at the 92nd Street Y in New York City by David Rohde

Dreamy music about the memories of childhood and a virtuoso spin through the themes of one of history’s greatest operas are the stuff of which great piano recitals are made. But it’s a m…

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From Beethoven to Rachmaninoff to Billy Joel: An Interview with Superstar Pianist Olga Kern by David Rohde

If you believe that a good way to judge music is on whether it sounds good and moves you, then you have a friend in international concert pianist Olga Kern. The Russian-bred, New York-based …

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Violinist Ji Young Lim at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

Somebody must have rung a bell and instructed judges at all international music competitions to start awarding prizes to young classical musicians who already demonstrate daring and panache,…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

An Interview with Broadway Music Director Ted Sperling on ‘An Evening with the Music of Marvin Hamlisch’ at the Library of Congress on 10/19 by David Rohde

What better place to celebrate the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch than right here in Washington? But the reasons for An Evening with the Music of Marvin Hamlisch on Monday, October 19, 2…

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Violinist Aleksey Semenenko at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Embassy Series by David Rohde

Hearing the rising Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko perform is like a visit to a musical laboratory. At age 25, the monstrously talented Mr. Semenenko is still exploring various approac…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Russian Chamber Art Society Hosts Its 10th Anniversary Concert at the Austrian Embassy by David Rohde

Mainstream classical music commentary in Washington often complains about an over-reliance on the symphonies and concertos of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff for the programming at the area’s…

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Monday, October 5, 2015

The National Philharmonic’s ‘Rienzi, A Concert Opera’ at Strathmore by David Rohde

Artistic risk-taking in Washington extends across many genres to numerous performing groups. The region’s vocal music scene certainly got a flavor of that on Saturday night in a one-time c…

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Pianist Olga Kern and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore by David Rohde

Russian pianist Olga Kern is something of a cult figure because of her landmark victory in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, captured in one of the greatest…

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Monday, September 14, 2015

The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival: A Gem in UVA Country by David Rohde

Summer music festivals in both the pop and classical music worlds can come with a lot of flash and dash. But not to be overlooked in our region is a more modest gem tacked onto the end of fe…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New CDs from Washington Area Cellist Amit Peled and Pianist Thomas Pandolfi by David Rohde

It must be time for dessert! Two new recordings by prominent local classical artists coincidentally use the metaphor of desserts-after-a-meal in their concepts. They both provide delightful …

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Friday, June 12, 2015

‘Candide’ with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore by David Rohde

The musical inventiveness and dramatic craziness of one of LL’s most challenging pieces of all, his 1956 musical Candide, must flow right through Marin Alsop’s veins. The music director …

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

An Interview with Richard Glazier, Host of ‘From Broadway to Hollywood,’ This Weekend on WETA by David Rohde

If you want to call Richard Glazier a throwback, go right ahead. He loves it. For Glazier, there’s nothing better than sitting at a piano telling stories about George and Ira Gershwin and …

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pianist Alon Goldstein at the Odeon Chamber Music Series by David Rohde

Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor is a sprawling, at times even rambling composition that takes a full half hour to spin out. Not even one of the world’s greatest living pi…

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pianist Martin Kasik with the Embassy Series at the Czech Embassy by David Rohde

Czech pianist Martin Kasik has an important historic connection with Washington despite relatively infrequent visits here. He was a 1999 winner of the Young Concert Artists series, which lau…

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