Three Must-Have Chamber Premieres on Disc (With Sting in the Tail)

March 22, 2023 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Uncovered Three A round-up of outstanding new, or new-to-disc American chamber music, is headed by the latest in Catalyst Quartet’s revelatory “Uncovered” series. The follow up to acclaimed volumes of music by Samuel … » Read


Kentridge's SIBYL Illuminates an Ancient Oracle

March 21, 2023 | Steven Winn, Musical America
Scintillating and droll, potent and puckish, William Kentridge’s multi-valenced chamber opera-cum-film SIBYL had a buoyantly received United States premiere March 17 at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The ovation was richly deserved. … » Read


Jaap Returns With Messiaen's Homage to the Major Third

March 20, 2023 | George Loomis, Musical America
Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony has its share of brutal dissonance—no question about that—yet some critics called it, according to the composer, an homage to the major third, a sonority as unlike dissonance as one … » Read


From Abrams to Walker, Four Composers Dazzle on Disc

March 17, 2023 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Walker & Dawson George Walker is enjoying a boomtime right now with the National Symphony Orchestra recording all five Sinfonias , and a recent disc from The Cleveland Orchestra that included Lilacs , the first work by an African American … » Read


Apollo's Fire Launches 10-City 'Exile and Resilience' Tour

March 16, 2023 | Hannah Edgar, Musical America
EVANSTON, IL—During intermission at “Exile & Resilience: Music of the Jewish & African Diasporas,” a new program by Apollo’s Fire, a breathless patron chased down an ensemble administrator. “The music! … » Read


A Splendid, Majestic Solomon at Carnegie Hall

March 15, 2023 | Christopher Corwin, Musical America
Conductor Harry Bicket and his polished period-instrument ensemble The English Concert began offering large-scale vocal works by Handel at Carnegie Hall a decade ago. Most in the annual series have been operas, but several oratorios with The … » Read


An Early Tchaikovsky Opera Gets an Airing, Warts and All

March 14, 2023 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—Chelsea Opera Group has a long and distinguished pedigree for unearthing forgotten works by major composers. In recent years it has presented Rubinstein’s The Demon , Verdi’s Oberto , Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot , and … » Read


BSO's Voices of Hope Is on the Right Track

March 13, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In the past few years, American orchestras have begun to redefine relationships with the communities they occupy and develop a deeper understanding of how they can productively engage with society’s challenges. The Boston Symphony’s … » Read


Tod Machover, Joyce DiDonato Listen to the Trees in New Opera

March 10, 2023 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
For years, we’ve had it wrong. Trees aren’t just to be hugged but to be heard. At least that’s the theory (and a convincing one) in Overstory Overture, the new Tod Machover opera of sorts about communication among trees, and … » Read


Hard to Figure Flute Bows in Wales

March 8, 2023 | Keith Clarke, Musical America
CARDIFF—Welsh National Opera has high hopes for director Daisy Evans, who has so far given the company lively productions of Shostakovich’s Cherry Town, Moscow, and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Her production of Bluebeard's Castle … » Read

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