Welser-Möst's Grip on Cleveland O Showcased in New Recording

May 22, 2020 | Zachary Lewis, Musical America
No one could have predicted the value of A New Century , the latest recording from the Cleveland Orchestra and the first release on its new in-house label. Conceived as the kickoff to a new, post-centennial era under Music Director Franz … » Read


2 New Takes on Die Walküre: Rattle's on CD and Pappano's on DVD

May 14, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
These are banner times for opera online , but viewers would do well to check out BR Klassic’s new Die Walküre (four CDs) with Simon Rattle and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (which follows their Das Rheingold from 2015). The … » Read


Gramophone Stars Raise Funds for Colleagues in Need

May 12, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Following hot on the heels of operatic galas and new-music marathons from the Met Opera and Bang on a Can, U.K.-based Gramophone magazine came up with the classical music all-star equivalent, a three-hour May 10 virtual concert by 30-or-so of the … » Read


Bang on a Can's Marathon Brings Down the Virtual House

May 5, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Last week it was the four-hour Met Gala, and now contemporary music powerhouse Bang on a Can (BOAC) has embraced the new normal with an inspiriting six-hour May 3 online marathon. “We are all waiting for the world to heal, but until it … » Read


Seven New Recordings, of Strictly New Music

May 4, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The COVID-19 pandemic may have put paid to live performances, but so far it’s had little effect on the steady flow of recordings—and especially of new music—coming onto the market. Here are seven of the most interesting recent … » Read


Met Gala Shines a Light on Opera's Global Community

April 26, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The Metropolitan Opera’s April 25 At-Home Gala was a welcome ray of light and a credit to the determination of General Manager Peter Gelb to keep opera—and the Met in particular—in the public spotlight. Hosted by Gelb and Met … » Read


Recording Review: Yuja and the LA Phil Perform John Adams's Devil

April 13, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
One of Gustavo Dudamel’s first acts as music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was to appoint John Adams to the newly created position of Creative Chair, cementing a relationship with the orchestra that already dated … » Read


Jonas Kaufmann Is Otello

April 3, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
For many, Jonas Kaufmann’s assumption of the title role in Verdi’s Otello was the anticipated operatic event of 2017. At the time, reviews were mixed. Despite his darkly burnished tone, some felt the German tenor’s voice was … » Read


Good Reads for Bad Times: Stephen Hough's Rough Ideas

March 31, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
What do you do when you find yourself sitting around in airports, on planes, or in hotel bedrooms? If you’re international concert pianist Stephen Hough, you get out a notebook and jot down ideas. For years, many of his musings—or … » Read


In the Met's Tristan, Sir Simon Is the Star

March 23, 2020 | George Loomis, Musical America
The following review of Tristan und Isolde was posted on September 28, 2016, within days of its production premiere at the Metropolitan Opera; the opera being streamed from the Met Opera site tonight is the live HD version of the performance … » Read

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