Fabio Luisi Opens Dallas Season, Live with Audience

September 14, 2020 | Wayne Lee Gay, Musical America
DALLAS--In a world that might have been, 2000 music lovers would have cheerfully witnessed the opening concert of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season in Meyerson Symphony Center on September 11. They would have seen Fabio Luisi, … » Read


Dudamel and the LA Phil Capture Ives's Four Symphonies, in the Nick of Time

September 4, 2020 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
It’s a rare to encounter all four symphonies of that cranky, visionary American iconoclast Charles Ives live over the span of just a week. That’s what happened six months ago in Walt Disney Concert Hall, in the last purely symphonic … » Read


BOAC's 3rd Virtual Marathon: 6 hours, 11 Premieres

August 20, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Amid the current artistic doom and gloom, each of Bang on a Can’s three marathons have stood as beacons of light, while also providing psychological insights into where artists, particularly composers and musicians, find themselves in these … » Read


Finally, a First Recording of Ethel Smyth's The Prison

August 12, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
There’s a telling photo included in the booklet for the world premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison . Taken in 1922 at the inaugural International Society for Contemporary Music Festival in Salzburg, there she stands, … » Read


A Well-cast Così Bows in Salzburg

August 11, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
Pondering the state of classical music, especially opera, in a post-Covid world is not a happy pastime. Indeed, one wonders when, if ever, it will again be possible to see operas we want to see—including demanding ones of ample … » Read


Salzburg's New Elektra: Dysfunction at Its Most Engaging

August 7, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
While the majority of this year’s summer festivals either pulled back to a handful of chamber concerts or recycled content from previous years, the Salzburg Summer Festival showed considerable grit and determination by announcing a … » Read


New Mahler Podcast Manages to 'Embrace Everything'

August 5, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
With so many artists and broadcasters finding themselves with time on their hands, lockdown has been quite a time for podcasts. What makes Aaron Cohen’s Embrace Everything—The World of Gustav Mahler stand head and shoulders above the … » Read


David Lang's Latest: The Irony of in nature

August 4, 2020 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
David Lang is an insatiably prolific composer. At any given point in time, it seems, there is a world premiere of a Lang piece happening somewhere. His website lists 24 choral or vocal works of various lengths coming out in the last five years … » Read


SACD Review: MTT Explores His Composer

July 31, 2020 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
San Francisco Symphony amassed an impressive catalog of recordings on its SFS label during Michael Tilson Thomas’ 25-year marathon run—Mahler and Schumann symphony cycles; Beethoven; lots of Charles Ives, and other American composers, … » Read


Opera Returns to Rome: Al fresco Rigoletto Under a Notorious Baton

July 24, 2020 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN--After three months of silence, Italy’s opera companies are making a comeback. The lockdown in Europe has, for now, brought the health crisis under control, so the government gave socially distanced live performances the green light … » Read

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