Posts Tagged ‘Brahms’

Gerhardt, Osborne Team Neatly

Friday, May 19th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 19, 2017 RAVENNA — Sometimes a musician just needs a good partner. Cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianist Steven Osborne work magically together but have a habit of starting their recitals apart, as if to establish credentials. So it was April 11 here at the Teatro Alighieri, home of the Ravenna […]

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Nézet-Séguin: Hit, Miss

Friday, June 26th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 26, 2015 MUNICH — It would probably be asking too much for Yannick Nézet-Séguin to stand still while conducting. He likes to throw himself around, as if anything less might diminish the enthusiasm he intends to convey or deprive his musicians of essential signals. Mostly it works. He is after […]

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Bumps and Bychkov at MPhil

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 25, 2015 MUNICH — Nearing the end of a rough transitional season, the Munich Philharmonic sounded confident and poised Monday (June 22) in its Gasteig home. Semyon Bychkov’s authoritative presence may have helped. With wide gestures he propelled the musicians grandly through Brahms’s Third Symphony (1883), stressing contrasts and drama […]

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Pogorelich Soldiers On

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 16, 2015 MUNICH — Ivo Pogorelich wants to continue to play. He has recital programs planned out till 2020. He keeps several concertos in his repertory, the Chopin F-Minor and Prokofiev Third performed here persuasively in recent seasons. He is “pleased,” he writes, about a new box of his old […]

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Zimerman Plays Munich

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: November 30, 2014 MUNICH — Along with the whole U.S., this city was on Krystian Zimerman’s “avoid” list. His Bavaria visits would take in Augsburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, any place but the capital, following a harsh review of a performance he gave a dozen or more years ago. Somehow Munich’s musical life […]

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Salzburg Coda

Friday, October 31st, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 31, 2014 SALZBURG — Alexander Pereira is now gone from the main festival here, and two tenuous summers are in the offing before Markus Hinterhäuser replaces him as Intendant in 2017. His exit, under a cloud, ends a budget tempest but threatens reversals of worthy initiatives he took: lengthening the […]

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Time for Schwetzingen

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 21, 2014 SCHWETZINGEN — The right setting makes all the difference. At the palace here, a probing six-week spring music festival mirrors the scale and serenity of its context, courtesy each year of Stuttgart broadcaster SWR. Two days last month afforded a sampling of the extended activities: the melodic Arcadian […]

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BR Campaign Runs Out of Gas

Monday, February 10th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: February 10, 2014 MUNICH — Creative exhaustion appears to have arrived for a whimsical, multi-year promotional campaign here. Its subject: the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Its budget and goals: inscrutable. The thing would never have seen the light of day in the U.S., if only for legal reasons, and its existence […]

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Volodos the German Romantic

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 22, 2013 MUNICH — Somewhere between the patent introspection of his new Mompou CD* and the tags of his early Stateside career — “big bravura pianist,” “new Horowitz” — lies an accurate description of Arcadi Volodos. It may simply be this: German Romantic, as in Schumann and Brahms, with impressionist […]

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Tutzing Returns to Brahms

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 16, 2013 MUNICH — Some festivals strive to be on your radar twelve months of the year, with unending publicity. Others revel in a few days. Take the annual Brahms Days in tranquil Tutzing, south of here on Lake Starnberg. Its scale is intimate, its setting gemütlich. Its focus — […]

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