Salonen, Philharmonia Premiere Dreamers in SF

March 20, 2019 | Georgia Rowe, Musical America
BERKELEY, CA--Anticipation couldn’t have been running much higher when Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, arrived in Berkeley last weekend. With three programs on the schedule, Friday evening through Sunday … » Read


A Seasoned Traveler's Perspective: Two Months, Four Cities, Five Orchestras

March 19, 2019 | John Rockwell, Musical America
Some 60 years ago, when I was in college, I passed out programs for the Boston Symphony’s Friday matinees. I chose program passing over ushering since ushers had to spend a third of the concert out in the halls, in case of emergencies, … » Read


The Utter Irony and Sad Timeliness of An American Dream

March 18, 2019 | John von Rhein, Musical America
Nothing changes. The bigotry, racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism that provide a basis for composer Jack Perla and librettist Jessica Murphy Moo’s An American Dream remain as real in America today as they were when the nation was at war … » Read


Two Song Cycles, One a Post-minimalist Premiere, One an Argento Classic

March 15, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
For the second time in as many days, a Manhattan recital turned into a memorial. Following Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Carnegie Hall concert that concluded as a moving tribute to her late husband André Previn, so the March 13 traversal … » Read


Anne-Sophie Mutter Addresses Ghosts Personal and Professional

March 14, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Hearts must have gone out to Anne-Sophie Mutter at her Carnegie Hall recital on March 12. The first half of her program had a distinctly spectral theme, designed to culminate in the world premiere of Rhode Island-born composer Sebastian … » Read


Salonen and the Philharmonia at LincInc: “Lucky, lucky San Francisco.”

March 13, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s recently announced move to helm the San Francisco Symphony has been one of the more talked about U.S. music director moves of late. And while New Yorkers have hardly been deprived of seeing him as a guest with this … » Read


At St. Paul's Cathedral, a Berlioz Requiem Survives Acoustic Soup

March 12, 2019 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—In recent years John Nelson has forged a clear, broad pathway through the mighty musical forests of Hector Berlioz. Where Thomas Beecham and Colin Davis had blazed an early trail in repertoire that was seldom performed, the American … » Read


Yuja Takes No Prisoners in John Adams's New Concerto

March 12, 2019 | Richard Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES—There are two sides to John Adams: the deep-thinking composer who dreams big and takes on weighty issues, and the self-described “trickster” who doesn’t take himself too seriously and likes to come up with … » Read


At the NYPhil, A Happy Excursion but a Choppy Pathétique

March 8, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
It’s always gratifying to see a good turnout for new music, and if the line snaking through security at David Geffen Hall on March 6 was anything to go by, Zhao Lin’s Concerto for Pipa, Cello and Orchestra was a highly anticipated … » Read


At the Kitchen, Claire Chase's Latest Density

March 6, 2019 | Bruce Hodges, Musical America
Now and then an artist comes along who charts unfathomable (not to mention unattainable) territory. One of these is flutist Claire Chase, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, a founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble, … » Read

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