An Enigmatic Night in Royal Festival Hall

June 14, 2024 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—The 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings offered plenty of opportunities here in the U.K to hear Elgar’s Nimrod , a piece of music regularly associated with national remembrance. Equally inviting was a chance to hear it in … » Read


Teatro Massimo's New Tristan Is Pleasing to the Ear, Perplexing to the Eye

June 14, 2024 | Maya Pritsker, Musical America
A new Tristan and Isolde recently completed a six-performance run at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. Italy’s largest opera house had not seen a new staging of Wagner’s opera in 60 years, although its productions by the late Graham … » Read


Uchida Brings Mozart to Ojai, Celebrates Schoenberg & Saariaho

June 13, 2024 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
OJAI, CA—Since the 1980s, the Ojai Festival has had a different music director every year, with only the artistic director remaining in place year-round (currently it’s Ara Guzelimian). As a result there have been wide swings in … » Read


Stockhausen Accompanies Park Avenue Art Installation

June 12, 2024 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Once the rock star of the avant-garde, the blonde, charismatic Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) has been fading toward invisibility in the U.S. The Park Avenue Amory's presentation of Inside Light, taken from the composer's gargantuan cycle of … » Read


Van Zweden Bids New York Adieu with Mahler 2

June 11, 2024 | George Loomis, Musical America
On June 7 in David Geffen Hall, Jaap van Zweden conducted the second of three performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 ( Resurrection ), his swansong as music director of the New York Philharmonic. (He conducts the orchestra again presently … » Read


From a Lousy Seat, a Fabulous Mahler Eight

June 11, 2024 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—When reviewing live music it helps to witness a performance from a good seat. This, dear reader, is not because journalists somehow deserve the best, but because you do. A critic's primary task is to serve as your eyes and ears: to … » Read


A Stirring Example of Salonen's Vision in San Francisco

June 10, 2024 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCSICO—With the downstage platform of Davies Hall cleared for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers in the first half of the program and a Peter Sellars-directed monodrama in the second, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen appeared to be … » Read


Ruinous Gods Fails to Impress

June 5, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In past seasons, Spoleto Festival USA has mounted a mix of new and old operas, many of them critically praised and several new ones performed around the country. The 2024 edition of the festival offered only one premiere— Ruinous Gods by … » Read


The Talea Ensemble's 2-day, 15th-anniversary Bash

June 6, 2024 | Christian B. Carey, Musical America
Last week, Talea Ensemble celebrated 15 seasons with two programs at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the Upper West Side. Among a number of estimable new music ensembles in the city, Talea is one of the best. It has also commissioned a … » Read


At Garsington: A Platée with Pizzazz Aplenty

June 5, 2024 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—Of the English country garden festivals that have proliferated in recent years, only one has given Glyndebourne a run for its money. Garsington Opera boasts an award-winning Perspex pavilion that nestles in the verdant surroundings … » Read

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