A Musical Soirée Compleat: Concert Plus Nightcap

February 26, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
NEW YORK--German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher has become a regular with the New York Philharmonic since helming one of the three orchestras required for Stockhausen’s Gruppen back in 2012. Since then, he’s led the group … » Read


David Lang's the loser Wins in Los Angeles

February 25, 2019 | Tim Mangan, Musical America
LOS ANGELES--David Lang’s the loser , presented by Los Angeles Opera in its West Coast premiere February 22 and 23, works on the principle of musical mesmerization. It relies on a single voice relating its hour-long tale in the first person … » Read


Royal Concertgebouw “Purrs Like a Well-Oiled Rolls Royce” on Carnegie Stage

February 18, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Ever since the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  dispensed with the services of its Chief Conductor Daniele Gatti following charges of sexual harassment—accusations that Gatti still denies—the media has been speculating on his … » Read


Robert Ashley's Improvement: Deeper Listening Yields Rewards

February 15, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
At first impression, Robert Ashley’s style of vocal writing seems tantamount to simplicity itself. Text typically unfolds on a single pitch, like the reciting tone of liturgical chant, in a continuous flow that seems undifferentiated by … » Read


Something Missing in Kronos’s Otherwise Impressive “Music for Change”

February 14, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
For more than 45 years, San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet has been one of classical music’s agents provocateurs. Early forays into musical agitprop would have to include George Crumb’s anti-war polemic, Black Angels , and to a lesser … » Read


Poutney’s New Un Ballo Production Falls Flat

February 13, 2019 | Keith Clarke, Musical America
CARDIFF—As Welsh National Opera awaits the arrival of Aidan Lang from Seattle Opera as its new general director, outgoing incumbent David Pountney’s farewell season continues with the second work in his Verdi trilogy, a new production … » Read


Tan Dun’s Moving Buddha Passion Gets Its U.S. Premiere

February 13, 2019 | Thomas May, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—A signature of Tan Dun’s most successful compositions is his gift for mixing putatively disparate elements into powerfully original amalgams. To make that happen means being able to take serious risks—and the premise … » Read


Carsen's Delicious Staging of Midsummer Makes Its Stateside Debut

February 12, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
PHILADELPHIA-- It may have taken 28 years to reach the U.S., but Robert Carsen’s near-definitive staging of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has finally made landfall at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, giving … » Read


City Ballet Honors Its Famed Collaborators

February 11, 2019 | Rachel Straus, Musical America
The components of the Balanchine-Stravinsky Greek-themed trilogy Apollo (1928), Orpheus (1948) and Agon (1957) are infrequently seen together, perhaps because the middle ballet is not an outright crowd pleaser. But the sum of the whole is greater … » Read


Two Concerts, Two Premieres at the Seattle Symphony

February 11, 2019 | Thomas May, Musical America
SEATTLE—As Ludovic Morlot’s final season at the helm of the Seattle Symphony gets closer to the final stretch, his legacy of nurturing new music is coming into sharper relief. The SSO’s last two programs in … » Read

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