Posts Tagged ‘Munich’

Edusei’s Slick Elias

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 25, 2015 MUNICH — Although it brings together skilled players, the Münchner Symphoniker has operated as something of a fifth wheel in the overrich musical scene here. That may be about to change. Kevin John Edusei, 38, the orchestra’s new Bielefeld-born chief conductor, revealed in a Dec. 17 Elias (Elijah) […]

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Plush Strings of Luxembourg

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 31, 2014 MUNICH — Lëtzebuerg Stad, a.k.a. Luxembourg-Ville, population 100,000, holds a spiffier position in the musical firmament these days. Its orchestra has graduated from the legendary but somewhat seedy aegis of Radio Luxembourg — once a commercial thorn in the national broadcasting sides of France and Britain — and […]

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Schultheiß Savors the Dvořák

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 13, 2014 MUNICH — Passive accompanist and intent visionary: Gianandrea Noseda managed to be both Nov. 18 in his debut program with the busy Bavarian State Orchestra. For Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (1879) he indulged David Schultheiß in a lyrical reading that generally took its time, ignoring chances in the outer […]

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Manon, Let’s Go

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 11, 2014 MUNICH — Puccini lost even before the curtain went up Nov. 15 on Hans Neuenfels’ conceptual new staging of Manon Lescaut for the Bavarian State Opera. Anna Netrebko, its titular star, abandoned the project in quiet disgust, understandably it turned out. Disaster did not follow, but the night […]

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New Hall for Munich?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 11, 2014 MUNICH — Could leaders here finally be moving ahead with a sorely needed new concert hall? Plans and sketches released this morning indicate progress on what has been an excruciatingly slow drive to supplement, or really supplant, the small Herkulessaal and hideous Gasteig venues. As presented by chief […]

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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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Pollini Seals His Beethoven

Monday, November 24th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: November 24, 2014 MUNICH — It took him 39 years, but Maurizio Pollini has now completed his recorded survey of Beethoven sonatas here in the Herkulessaal, where the project began. The final sessions, for the Opp. 31 and 49 pieces, were held in June this year, and the resulting CD set […]

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Festive Sides

Friday, August 29th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: August 29, 2014 MUNICH — Staged works and the legendary Lied evenings hold the limelight here at the annual Opernfestspiele, begun 139 years ago. But veins of chamber music and, since 2008, choral programming run through the five-week schedule, lending scope and affirming organizer Bayerische Staatsoper’s depth of musicianship. The chamber […]

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Blacher Channels Maupassant

Monday, July 7th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: July 7, 2014 MUNICH — It was standing room only for Die Flut yesterday (July 6). Not only was Boris Blacher’s 1946 radio opera sold out, but the audience was expected to stand or stroll through it, as directed by Aernout Mik at a former riding hall here. Improbably part of […]

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Verdi’s Lady Netrebko

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 28, 2014 MUNICH — Verdi’s Macbeth is back, for its eighth run in six years at the Bavarian State Opera, this time to open the dressy Opernfestspiele. The production’s giant chandelier, plastic sheeting, silly tent and field of skulls are now globally familiar, even if they don’t exactly transport us […]

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