Archive for the ‘Why I Left Muncie’ Category

Two Wozzecks and a Salome in Concert

Friday, March 14th, 2014

By Sedgwick Clark Which is more important, asks Richard Strauss’s opera Capriccio: the music or the words? With the Vienna Philharmonic onstage at Carnegie Hall and surtitles cuing every vocal line, the question (and answer) may be less whimsical than ever. Franz Welser-Möst led New York’s favorite visiting orchestra on February 28 at Carnegie Hall’s […]

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Vienna Phil in Carnegie Hall

Friday, February 28th, 2014

By Sedgwick Clark The Vienna Philharmonic is in town for Carnegie Hall’s “Vienna: City of Dreams” Festival. Undoubtedly, music critics ranging from the Times to cub bloggers will swallow the orchestra’s p.r. bandwagon of tradition and aver how its magnificent sonority has remained the same over the years. I first heard the Vienna Philharmonic on […]

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St. Petersburg’s Sound, Then and Now

Friday, February 21st, 2014

By Sedgwick Clark One of Yuri Temirkanov’s goals when he became music director of the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Philharmonic in 1988 was to give it a more “international” sound—to smooth over the deliberately edgy sonority cultured by the ensemble’s long-time maestro, Yevgeny Mravinsky (1903-1988). Why, I wondered? The orchestra’s four concerts of Russian music […]

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Haitink and the BSO

Friday, February 14th, 2014

by Sedgwick Clark Bernard Haitink led the Boston Symphony this week in a pair of concerts at Carnegie Hall. He made his debut with the BSO in 1971 and became its principal guest conductor in 1995 and conductor emeritus in 2004. This is his 60th season as a conductor. He was principal conductor of the […]

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A Happy Orchestra

Friday, February 7th, 2014

by Sedgwick Clark The musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra were all smiles at their most recent Carnegie Hall concert, on Monday, February 3. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin led Smetana’s The Moldau, Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Radu Lupu as soloist, and Dvořák’s sunny Symphony No. 6. It’s a happy orchestra now, after several years […]

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Philly sans Yannick

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

by Sedgwick Clark The Philadelphia Orchestra had the reputation in the Ormandy days of a well-oiled machine that played in a predictably beautiful, glossy manner no matter the maestro. Ormandy’s successor, Riccardo Muti, sought to change the corporate Philadelphia Sound into a “composer’s sound” (and now he’s saying that again about his current American orchestra, […]

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Leo Who?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

by Sedgwick Clark Forgotten repertoire is usually forgotten for a good reason. But the industrious Pacifica Quartet and Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin hit pay dirt with the Piano Quartet of Leo Ornstein at Zankel Hall on November 19. Ornstein (1893-2002) studied violin at St. Petersburg Conservatory. After his family migrated to New York City, he […]

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Time to Catch Up

Friday, December 20th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark Our Musical America Awards party was on Tuesday (12/17). As always, I got behind on my weekly blogs while preparing for the party. As always, in receiving their awards, our honorees spoke eloquently in words that left us all in awe of their commitment to their art. Susan Elliott provided a full […]

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The Britten Problem

Friday, December 13th, 2013

by Sedgwick Clark British composer Benjamin Britten was celebrating his 50th birthday on November 22, 1963, when news came of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Fifty years later, we in New York’s major concert halls were somehow able to salve our memories of that world-altering tragedy and at the same time honor the […]

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Those Amazing Juilliard Students

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

  By Sedgwick Clark So it’s time for my annual paean to the Juilliard Orchestra. I love to hear these young musicians—their passion, their commitment, their maturity, their technical polish. Last Friday (11/15) they played a varied program of 20th-century works by Adams, Barber, R. Strauss, and Ives. Conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, whose work I had admired […]

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