Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Michael Tilson Thomas delivers a towering Ives Fourth; pianist Conrad Tao's American Rage is hard-edged and defiant, but also poignant and stirring; Gianandrea Noseda's Shostakovich Fourth i…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:24PM
Sunday, November 17, 2019
A noteworthy recording of Ernst von Dohnányi's Symphony no. 1; as usual, Harry Christophers and the Handel & Haydn Society Play Haydn with their customary elegance and character; a cele…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:33PM
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Violinist Liza Ferschtman and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra's account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto lacked nothing for momentum and spirit.
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Terrific, fiery playing from George Li, one of the most compelling young pianists on the scene; Mariss Jansons' recording of Shostakovich's Tenth trudges from start to finish; irrefutable pr…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:54AM
Friday, November 15, 2019
Simon Rattle’s Bruckner is, on the whole, lean and lively; if you’re looking for a new Mahler Four, Vladimir Jurowski's is the one to check out; Thierry Fischer leads performances of eac…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:24PM
Thursday, November 14, 2019
In the right hands, Shostakovich's Twelfth can come off as nothing less than an intriguing, lively symphonic essay.
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Marc Minkowski’s recording of Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole pays the composer a handsome tribute in his birthday year; violinist Baiba Skride’s new all-Bartók disc is one of the y…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:24AM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Seattle Symphony does right by Langgaard but not Strauss; Esa-Pekka Salonen's Beethoven is micromanaged to death; Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester offers an ideal off-the-beaten-path Of…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 07:48AM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Among the reviews: a terrific, important release that celebrates one of the most interesting – and hitherto overlooked – composers of the late-19th- and early-20th centuries in style. Do…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:06AM
Sunday, October 20, 2019
There was nothing sleepy or commonplace about the ensemble’s performance of favorites by Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók.
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Saturday, October 5, 2019
Christian Tetzlaff’s brilliant account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto makes for a great album; Rachel Barton Pine’s versions of Dvorák and Khachaturian violin concertos are songful; o…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 12:33AM
Friday, October 4, 2019
To Paradise for Onions is a lovely album; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 's Transatlantic is spirited; Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Die Zauberflöte is lost in the crowd.
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Friday, September 20, 2019
That rarest of Opening Nights: a program that was mostly fun and entertaining, but also substantive and artistically satisfying.
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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic do justice to a lot of Tchaikovsky’s orchestral music, while John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony play Robert Schumann’s famously-dense o…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:24AM
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth is one of 2019’s most memorable recordings; Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger, a meditation on the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th-century, leaves an indelib…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:03PM
Sunday, September 1, 2019
I’ve compiled a list of twelve concerts (or concert series) that I think will stand among the future season’s highlights.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
Nancy Dalberg's string quartets are worth getting to know, Wynton Marsalis's violin Concerto receives an electrifying performance, and Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra continue to …SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 06:36PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Herbert Blomstedt conducts a powerful view of Mahler’s valedictory essay, organist Christopher Jacobson's provides a so-so “Organ” Symphony, and Kirill Petrenko's initial recording as …SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:54PM
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
A can’t-miss album of Bartók Ballets, Thierry Fischer continues to do right by the symphonies of Saint-Saëns, and a spirited recording of the “last great symphony in the German Romanti…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 07:06PM
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Reviews of three superior vocal recordings, featuring baritone Gerald Finley, tenor Ian Bostridge, and baritone Thomas Meglioranza.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019
Suffice it to say, the tour was an extraordinary experience, musically and culturally, and, for me, a conspicuously potent introduction to a new continent.
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Friday, June 21, 2019
The BPYO’s repertoire in Brazil is drawn from last year’s programs and is built around Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The six pieces hailed from various corners of the country and examined a wide range of expressive and social viewpoints.
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Monday, June 3, 2019
François-Xavier Roth's Mahler offers plenty of personality and ideas; there’s nothing on Mariss Jansons' disc that’s really worth your time; guitarist Daniel Lippel draws out Steve Reic…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 07:42AM
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Vasily Petrenko’s Elgar disappoints, Edward Gardner's Mendelssohn excites, and Alain Lefévre’s Paris is delights.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Vladimir Jurowski’s new recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony no. 1 is a tightly-played, exciting reading; The Yiddish Cabaret’s only real offense relates to poor labeling; The transcript…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 05:06PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Railroad Rhythms is one of the year’s delights: unexpected, well played, and thoroughly charming. Theodore Kuchar is a conductor who seems to know precious few limitations; Eduard Strauss,…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 08:18AM
Monday, May 20, 2019
Arguably, the strongest entry in the BSO’s complete Shostakovich symphony cycle thus far; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2016 Cello Concerto is emotionally direct and, at times, simply gorgeous; th…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 07:48AM
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Charles Villiers Stanford's bold Mass Via victrix is finally heard; Pablo Heras-Casado wraps up his survey of the Mendelssohn symphonies in high style; Anna Shelest completes her performance…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 11:18AM
Friday, May 17, 2019
Markus Maskuniitty’s solo debut recording is stunning, Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra play Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto with zest, and this is one of the strongestN…SOURCE: The Arts Fuse at 01:24PM
Saturday, May 4, 2019
The final two concerts of the BSO's season were in the orchestra's sweet spot.
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