Review: New Music by Seasoned Composers

July 2, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Despite its impact on live performances, the COVID-19 crisis has failed to stem the tide of new recordings, and especially new recordings of new music. As this latest crop proves, new music is hardly the sole province of the young. From George … » Read


Bang on a Can's Latest Reflects the Times: 'Bleak and Sometimes Angry'

June 17, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
What a difference six weeks makes. The May 3 Bang on a Can online marathon was a generally consoling event, reflective, but full of hope for some kind of return to normality. Since then a lot has happened, little of it hopeful, which at times … » Read


No Concerts, But Plenty of New Music Recordings, Part II

June 16, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
See also, Part I. Sybarite5 (Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass) is a standout among groovier new music ensembles. Its latest disc, Live from New York , is a diverse … » Read


Review: The Vienna Symphony Returns to the Musikverein

June 12, 2020 | Larry L. Lash, Musical America
VIENNA – As Joni Mitchell wrote, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” This made the surprise reopening of Vienna’s wondrous Musikverein for three weeks in … » Read


No Concerts, But Plenty of New Music Recordings

June 10, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
While COVID-19 continues to stamp out the prospects of live performance—at least in the U.S.—it’s never been a better time to listen to recordings. To judge from the contents of my download folder, new American music is still … » Read


Welser-Möst's Grip on Cleveland O Showcased in New Recording

May 22, 2020 | Zachary Lewis, Musical America
No one could have predicted the value of A New Century , the latest recording from the Cleveland Orchestra and the first release on its new in-house label. Conceived as the kickoff to a new, post-centennial era under Music Director Franz … » Read


2 New Takes on Die Walküre: Rattle's on CD and Pappano's on DVD

May 14, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
These are banner times for opera online , but viewers would do well to check out BR Klassic’s new Die Walküre (four CDs) with Simon Rattle and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (which follows their Das Rheingold from 2015). The … » Read


Gramophone Stars Raise Funds for Colleagues in Need

May 12, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Following hot on the heels of operatic galas and new-music marathons from the Met Opera and Bang on a Can, U.K.-based Gramophone magazine came up with the classical music all-star equivalent, a three-hour May 10 virtual concert by 30-or-so of the … » Read


Bang on a Can's Marathon Brings Down the Virtual House

May 5, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Last week it was the four-hour Met Gala, and now contemporary music powerhouse Bang on a Can (BOAC) has embraced the new normal with an inspiriting six-hour May 3 online marathon. “We are all waiting for the world to heal, but until it … » Read


Seven New Recordings, of Strictly New Music

May 4, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The COVID-19 pandemic may have put paid to live performances, but so far it’s had little effect on the steady flow of recordings—and especially of new music—coming onto the market. Here are seven of the most interesting recent … » Read

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