Review: Steve Reich's Conversations Is a Gift from an Entire Generation of Music Makers

May 20, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
If you’ve ever had the privilege of talking with Steve Reich, you’ll know the thoughts come thick and fast—so fast sometimes you can barely keep up. The beauty of Conversations is how all that wisdom and knowledge has … » Read


Julia Bullock Touches the Soul with 'History's Persistent Voice'

May 19, 2022 | Steven Winn, Musical America
“My Lord, what a morning,” sang soprano Julia Bullock at the top of “History’s Persistent Voice, her deeply affecting, sometimes disturbing and always full-hearted work created for solo voice and orchestra. … » Read


At the Barbican: Anniversaries, Birthdays, and a Surprise World Premiere

May 18, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s May 13 concert at London’s Barbican Centre managed to field two premieres while celebrating four composer anniversaries. Two were major birthdays—César Franck’s 200th and Ralph Vaughan … » Read


MTT, Mahler Five, and the LSO: Standing O Says It All

May 17, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--“Life is precious,” wrote Michael Tilson Thomas back on March 2. He was referring to his ongoing treatment for Glioblastoma Multiforme, a form of aggressive brain cancer. The conductor underwent an operation to remove what was … » Read


Hamlet: It's All in the Orchestra

May 16, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
If the sense of ambiguity that pervades Shakespeare’s Hamlet is what makes it so compelling a drama, it is also what makes it so challenging to an interpreter, be it a teller, a listener, a director, or a composer. Many of the last … » Read


LA Phil's 'Pan American Music Initiative' Gets a Relaunch

May 11, 2022 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Pan-American Music Initiative got underway in 2020 but got sidelined, like everything else, by the pandemic. Now it has taken the form of a five-year project of music from the Western Hemisphere, including the … » Read


Serse as Opera Seria, Buoyed by Comic Moments

May 10, 2022 | George Loomis, Musical America
"Serse is not Handel’s only comic opera, as it has sometimes been described,” according to The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, with the implication that there are others. But it can more aptly be claimed that he … » Read


The Unremitting Grief of Falling Out of Time

May 9, 2022 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Any new offering from composer Osvaldo Golijov is welcome after his years of silence, during which he worked on any number of projects although reportedly not to his satisfaction. Small wonder, given the success of the brilliant musical fusions … » Read


Xian Zhang Leads Tuneful Program at SFS Symphony

May 9, 2022 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO--Melody was in full bloom at Davies Symphony Hall on May 5, in the first of three San Francisco Symphony concerts led by guest conductor Xian Zhang. Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) alone would have … » Read


Holst's Chamber Opera Savitri Gets a Rare Hearing

May 6, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--The Britten Sinfonia’s May 4 concert at London’s Barbican Centre rather cleverly managed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams without recourse to a single note … » Read

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