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Jansons Turns 75

Friday, January 12th, 2018

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 12, 2018 MUNICH — Against the medical odds, perhaps, Mariss Jansons turns seventy-five on Sunday, still adored by his favorite orchestra. Bavarian Broadcasting marks the occasion with a 44-minute video portrait, Im Zeichen der Musik, or In the Music’s Character, freely watchable. Last evening here at the Gasteig, a subscription […]

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Queue-it Confronts Opera-Goers

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 28, 2017 MUNICH — Bavarian State Opera has given Queue-it the task of managing its hated virtual box-office waiting room, launched last season. The “one-product software technology company … with offices in Minneapolis and Copenhagen” promises to secure for BStO “control of website overload during extreme traffic peaks by offloading […]

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Fall Discs

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: November 26, 2017 MUNICH — Recent releases and reissues: Dvořák: Song cycle Cypřiše (Cypresses), complete (1865); five Večerní písně (Evening Songs), Op. 31 (1876); and Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Melodies) Op. 55, complete (1880). Pavol Breslik, tenor; Róbert Pechanec, piano. 2016 studio recording.* Supraphon Janáček: Věc Makropulos (1925). Libuše Prylová, soprano, and […]

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Gärtnerplatztheater Reopens

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: November 4, 2017 MUNICH — With a shrill pretty Hanna, a shriller pretty Valencienne, a Camille of uneven tone, but a tight, fluent chorus and much charming orchestral work, Die lustige Witwe ended six years of darkness at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Oct. 19. This city’s second opera company, of the […]

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Concert Hall Design Chosen

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 27, 2017 MUNICH — Though it will be built on the wrong side of the wrong train station, Munich’s much-debated, much-delayed new concert hall crept toward reality today with the announcement of a winning design. Bregenz-based Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten secured first place in the competition for the venue, now dubbed […]

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Magelone-Romanzen on Disc

Monday, October 16th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 16, 2017 MUNICH — Sony has released a remarkable recording of Brahms’s Magelone-Romanzen, Op. 33, complete with Zwischentexte prepared by German author Martin Walser. Christian Gerhaher sings the fifteen songs and recites two of the other three poems (the 1st, 16th and 17th) from Ludwig Tieck’s 1797 narrative not set […]

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Two Quartets for Mendelssohn

Monday, October 16th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 16, 2017 Post is under revision. Photo © Richie Müller

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Bruckner’s First, Twice

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: September 24, 2017 Post is under revision. Photo © Dresden Staatskapelle

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Carmen Dives In at Bregenz

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: September 23, 2017 Post is under revision. Photo © Bregenzer Festspiele

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Levit Plays Elmau

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: September 19, 2017 ELMAU — His website left the program as vague as “Beethoven and Shostakovich” right up until the recital, but Igor Levit knew exactly what he wanted to do Aug. 14 in the timber-framed auditorium of this isolated castle-spa below the Wettersteinwand. An aural onslaught was in the offing. […]

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