Joan Tower: Make Music on Your Own Terms

June 21st, 2016

Joan Tower refused to be defined by competition and institutional committees; instead, she started her own ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players. In this segment with Noted Endeavors‘ Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson, Ms. Tower talks about composers (and performers) making music on their own terms rather than waiting for validation from others. Joan Tower […]

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A Surprise Choice: Emmanuel Krivine as head of the Orchestre National de France.

June 18th, 2016

by:  Frank Cadenhead On Wednesday, during a morning interview on France Musique, Emmanuel Krivine was blunt. “I’m trying to go to the end by being a little less of an ass than at the beginning” His selection as the new music director of the Orchestre National de France, starting with the coming season, was much […]

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Don’t Toss A Banana To A Monkey If You Don’t Want The Monkey To Eat It

June 15th, 2016

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: So, it seems we have ourselves a bit of questionable “inspiration” on our hands. The inventive work of one of our roster artists uses overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, to create shows. And, […]

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Kronos Quartet: 50 for the Future

June 13th, 2016

To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, Carnegie Hall is commissioning 125 new works. The Kronos Quartet is an important piece of the project, providing 50 of the commissions as part of the quartet’s 50 for the Future project. 50 pieces (25 by women composers) written by composers throughout the world will be premiered by Kronos and […]

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Meccore: Polish Precision

June 11th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 11, 2016 SEESHAUPT — The men from Lódź, Zagań, Poznań and Warszawa who make up the Meccore Quartet bring phenomenal energy to their work. So goes their reputation, and so it was last Thursday (June 9) here in the Alte Post’s Festsaal on the south shore of Lake Starnberg. Energy, […]

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St John Passion Streams

May 27th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 27, 2016 NUREMBERG — Tired of paying for digitized concert-hall privileges? Here is a sumptuously sung, gloriously gratis (for the moment) St John Passion from Nuremberg’s Lutheran Lorenzkirche, filmed in June 2015: Windows; Android. Maximilian Schmitt is the Evangelist. Tareq Nazmi sings Jesus. Christina Landshamer, Anke Vondung, Tilman Lichdi and […]

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In The Megalopolis with Mark Morris’ “The Forest”

May 23rd, 2016

The premiere of Mark Morris’s “A Forest” (seen May 21) took place at his home, the Mark Morris Dance Center in downtown Brooklyn, which is now in a construction zone where multiple glass skyscrapers are dwarfing the once prominent, white dance building. As if in response, Morris’s choreography for “Forest” to Haydn’s elegant rhythms and sonorities, from Piano Trio No. 44 n E Major, is often treated with small dance responses. For example, when MMDG Music Ensemble pianist Colin Fowler, violinist Georgy Valtchev, and cellist Wolfram Koessel introduced Hayden’s primary theme, and later repeated it, the nine dancers became Pavlovians, dutifully repeating the same dance phrase. Part of their dance phrase involved hopping three times in three clumps, and in time with the musicians’ strident triple bowing and fingering. They brought to mind excited kids at a candy store.

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Anthony de Mare: Social Media and Project Success

May 19th, 2016

As pianist Anthony de Mare’s fabulous project, LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, took shape, he found that he could advance the project’s prospects for success through the use of Twitter, e-mailing lists, and an updated and effective website. Here, Mr. de Mare discusses with Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson (founders of Noted Endeavors) points […]

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Mastersingers’ Depression

May 17th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 17, 2016 MUNICH — Beckmesser blew his brains out at the end of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg last night here (May 16) in the Nationaltheater. That was after first aiming his gun at the back of the head of Sachs — who was sitting moping because Stolzing had ignored his […]

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Gloom, Doom from the Arcanto

May 10th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 10, 2016 MUNICH — As if to unify its program of late Beethoven and Schubert last week (May 4) at the Court Church of All Saints, the Arcanto Quartet stressed gloom wherever possible. Playing of intensity and integrity supported this approach, and, to be sure, the Heiliger Dankegesang String Quartet, […]

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