Posts Tagged ‘Mariss Jansons’

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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Berlin’s Dark Horse

Friday, May 1st, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Republished: May 4, 2015 MUNICH — Word around town has it that Christian Thielemann holds the biggest committed block of votes heading into next Monday’s Berlin Philharmonic election. The rest, so the scuttlebutt goes, divide widely, in part reflecting the musicians’ open-nomination process. That this Chefdirigent transition is much discussed up here […]

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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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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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Jansons Extends at BR

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 3, 2013 MUNICH — Mariss Jansons has signed an extension of his contract as Chefdirigent of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its choral forces, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) announced today here. The added period runs from Sept. 2015 through Aug. 2018. The Riga, Latvia-born conductor, 70, also serves as chief […]

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RCO Anniversary Extravaganza

Friday, April 12th, 2013

By Rebecca Schmid If tradition means not preserving the ashes but fanning the flames, in the words of Gustav Mahler, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is celebrating its 125th anniversary with one foot firmly planted in the past and the other striding fearlessly into the future. Between a tour of six continents this season, the orchestra […]

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Where does the Concertgebouw Stand?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark NOTE: BEGINNING THIS WEEK, I’LL BE POSTING MY BLOG ON THURSDAYS AT NOON RATHER THAN WEDNESDAYS. Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and its current music director, Mariss Jansons, stopped by Carnegie Hall last week (2/13 and 14) for a pair of concerts to celebrate the ensemble’s 125th anniversary. They were a great success, […]

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Jansons! Petrenko! Gergiev!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 23, 2013 MUNICH — With the city council’s blessing today of Valery Gergiev’s hire as the next Chefdirigent of the Munich Philharmonic, all three of the Bavarian capital’s globally renowned orchestras will be in Soviet-born hands by late 2015. This September, 40-year-old Kirill Petrenko of Omsk, Siberia, finally takes over […]

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Keeping the Faith in Lucerne

Friday, September 7th, 2012

By Rebecca Schmid Reconnecting the spiritual with classical music might seem a controversial issue in an era of cultural pluralism, yet the hunger to unearth the spiritual has seeped into some of Europe´s leading festivals. As Jim Oestreich reported earlier this season in The New York Times, a wave of religiosity has spread from Lincoln […]

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