Posts Tagged ‘Munich’

Mélisande as Hotel Clerk

Monday, June 29th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 29, 2015 MUNICH — Noisy and sustained boos fell upon stage director Christiane Pohle and her team after Pelléas et Mélisande last night at the Prince Regent Theater, a new production of the Bavarian State Opera’s summer festival here. Though not uncommon in this epoch of Regietheater, the intensity of […]

Read the rest of this article »

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 […]

Read the rest of this article »

Bychkov Paces MPhil in Brahms

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 25, 2015 MUNICH — Nearing the end of a bumpy transitional season, the Munich Philharmonic sounded confident and poised Monday (June 22) at its Gasteig home. Semyon Bychkov’s wide gestures propelled the musicians grandly through Brahms’s Third Symphony (1883), stressing contrasts and drama in the outer movements. Fine wind playing […]

Read the rest of this article »

See-Through Lulu

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 6, 2015 MUNICH — After the genetic mismatch of Kirill Petrenko and Gaetano Donizetti here, it was a relief to watch the conductor easily navigate and ignite the tone rows of Lulu last week (May 25 and 29) at the National Theater. Happily he did so using Cerha’s reconstitution of […]

Read the rest of this article »

Nazi Document Center Opens

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: April 29, 2015 MUNICH — Tomorrow, a year behind schedule but 70 years to the day since Munich fell to the Allies, a six-story-high, slatted white cube opens for visitors here: the Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, or NS-Dokumentations-Zentrum. Significantly, it stands directly on the site of the […]

Read the rest of this article »

Mariotti North of the Alps

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: April 26, 2015 MUNICH — He will always be attached to Rossini, but Michele Mariotti (36) can probe and illuminate a vast repertory besides. This much was evident March 23 in a refreshing return engagement with the Münchner Symphoniker. The Pesaro-born maestro’s podium technique and constructive manner recall another Rossinian, the […]

Read the rest of this article »

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 […]

Read the rest of this article »

Gergiev Prep Hours Clarified

Friday, March 13th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 13, 2015 MUNICH — This morning the Munich Philharmonic detailed the rehearsal hours put in by Valery Gergiev for a Stravinsky program here in December 2013. They totaled 14¼, a lavish allocation by the heavily branded maestro given his skimpy work in Poland and Russia the same week, to wit: […]

Read the rest of this article »

Leipzig’s Finest

Friday, March 6th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 6, 2015 MUNICH — Julian Rachlin’s ebullient, craggy, not so lyrical reading of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto held listeners in rapt attention Feb. 17 here at the Gasteig. His tone, rich and glowing, illuminated this view of the essentially blissful score (1878), as did the occasional wabi-sabi rasp or squeal, and […]

Read the rest of this article »

MPhil Vague on Gergiev Hours

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

By ANDREW POWELL Published: February 24, 2015 MUNICH — Fourteen months ago irate journalists confronted Valery Gergiev at a news conference here amid his preparations for a Stravinsky program with the Munich Philharmonic. The confrontation wasn’t over music, rather politics, but it did lead to questions for the orchestra’s management about his hours and pay, […]

Read the rest of this article »