Carlo Grante Makes Sense of Schumann

Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY; December 15, 2014–Robert Schumann’s three piano sonatas encompassed the second program in Carlo Grante’s three-part “Masters of High Romanticism” series at Alice Tully Hall. Although these works claim a solid foothold in the repertoire, they are less immediately accessible than, say, Carnaval or Kinderszenen. Schumann’s creativity ran rampant, and […]

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Six Christmas CDs That Always Make The List, Pt. 2

Since publishing last year’s “Six Christmas CDs That Always Make the List”, a few more titles either newly released or left out of the original group made their case for inclusion so strongly that I had to add a “Part 2”. So, here are another six Christmas CDs that together with the first set add […]

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Six Christmas CDs That Always Make The List, Pt. 1

Over the past 20-plus years I have accumulated hundreds of Christmas CDs–featuring choirs, orchestras, brass ensembles, guitar, harp, string quartet, piano, organ, etc., etc.–and I appreciate most of them for various reasons; but no matter how many newcomers join the collection, there are a few “oldies” that have more than stood the test of time. […]

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Raunchy, Wrenching Mtsensk at the Met

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NY; November 17, 2014–Shostakovich’s outrageous Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is back at the Met after a 14-year absence. The production by Graham Vick, with sets and costumes by Paul Brown, is as brilliant, vulgar, funny, and nihilistic as the opera itself. Our first glimpse, as the curtain rises, is of […]

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Jenna Sung’s Poetic Piano Debut

Wigmore Hall, London, UK, November 16, 2014–As part of her first prize award in the annual Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate piano competition, Jenna Sung gave her London recital debut at Wigmore Hall November 16 to  a full and appreciative house. I first heard Sung during the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and her artistry has […]

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Boston Baroque Launches New Electronic Media Platform

Boston, MA–As Boston Baroque enters its 41st season, there is exciting news to announce!  Aiming to make its live performances and recordings accessible worldwide to millions of listeners, build new audiences, and increase brand awareness and visibility, Boston Baroque is launching a New Electronic Media Platform, using the latest in electronic media technology. The excitement […]

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Big-Boned But Routine Aida

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NY; Nov 4, 2014–The Met’s 26-year-old production of Aida is still looking good. Sonja Frisell’s sets, which use the stage elevator wisely and excitingly to change scenes, with their gigantic statuary and beautiful paintings for the scene in Amneris’ boudoir, remain effective. However, Stephen Pickover’s stage direction is not effective—we […]

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Charleston’s Second Annual Colour of Music Festival A Success

October 22-26, 2014, Charleston, SC–Founded by General Manager Lee Pringle, and taking place in various venues throughout the city of Charleston (which now has the good fortune of hosting two major music festivals, the other being the Spoleto), Colour of Music presented a wide array of black classical singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles performing music by […]

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Longy School of Music of Bard College Forms “New Kind of Training Orchestra”

October 29, 2014—Longy School of Music of Bard College today announced the formation of a unique training orchestra that provides a Master of Music degree, newly approved by the State of New York and is designed to prepare them for the mounting challenges facing today’s orchestra players. The training orchestra, recruited from the finest postgraduate […]

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I. International Éva Marton Singing Competition–Grand Prix Goes to Hungarian Soprano

Budapest, September 21, 2014—Out of the 11 finalists, the only Hungarian, Szilvia Vörös, has won the Grand Prix of the I. International Éva Marton Singing Competition. The jury of eight members, all of them outstanding representatives of the international opera world, awarded the 26-year-old mezzo-soprano Szilvia Vörös the Grand Prix at the Liszt Academy. The […]

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