Author Archive | Dan Davis

BOULEZ, CHICAGO SYMPHONY IN COLORFUL CARNEGIE PROGRAM

Carnegie Hall, New York; February 26, 2008 The well-oiled music-making machine known as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra rolled into Carnegie Hall for its annual New York visit this week, dipping into its color-laden palette to vivid effect under its conductor emeritus, Pierre Boulez. In the second of its two concerts, the orchestra brought works by […]

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BRENDEL’S LAST CARNEGIE RECITAL

Carnegie Hall, New York; February 20, 2008 Pianist Alfred Brendel’s first solo recital at Carnegie Hall was in January, 1973. Unless he changes his mind, his last took place Wednesday night before an appreciative audience whose resounding applause at its end was as much for his 35 years of Carnegie performances as for the evening’s […]

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BERLIOZ, PROKOFIEV PROGRAM AT THE PHILHARMONIC

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center; New York; January 11, 2008 When an orchestral program is made up of works by Berlioz and Prokofiev, you know you’re in for a Technicolor treat, and that’s what audiences got at this week’s New York Philharmonic concerts led by the band’s musical director, Lorin Maazel, who has always displayed […]

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TAKÁCS QUARTET AT MET MUSEUM

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Jan. 19, 2007 The Takács Quartet has gone through several important personnel changes since its founding in 1975 and with Briton Edward Dusinberre long ensconced in the first violinist’s chair and its newest addition, Geraldine Walther, formerly principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, it’s no longer […]

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BARTOK AND BRAHMS FROM BOSTON

Carnegie Hall, New York City. November 11, 2006. James Levine brought his Boston Symphony Orchestra to Carnegie Hall Saturday night with a program of two masterpieces. Brahms’ First Symphony was the rather anti-climactic occupier of the second half of the concert, upstaged by the opening work, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. It’s not often that the Brahms […]

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TWENTY FINGERS IN AN ALL-MOZART EVENING AT CARNEGIE

Carnegie Hall, New York; February 20, 2006 Even in a Mozart Anniversary Year, when Carnegie Hall is filled to the rafters for a Mozart program of duo-pianism, you know star power is at work. Monday evening, the stars were Daniel Barenboim and Radu Lupu – traditionalist pianists playing music written for domestic consumption in a […]

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FROM BOSTON, A PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE TO REMEMBER

Carnegie Hall, New York; October 20, 2003 Pelléas et Mélisande is the most fragile of operatic masterpieces, a diaphanous web of brilliant orchestral sounds wrapped around an enigmatic story and declamatory vocal lines. Without anything approaching a conventional aria it almost defines the term “a connoisseur’s opera,” but anyone with an ear to hear, a […]

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SIMPLY MARVELOUS: HILARY HAHN MAKES CARNEGIE RECITAL DEBUT

Carnegie Hall, New York: November 26, 2002 Hilary Hahn’s progress from wunderkind to greatness reached another milestone Tuesday evening at her Carnegie Hall recital debut. Coming on the eve of her 23rd birthday, she presented a gift to New Yorkers in the form of a challenging program played with extraordinary sensitivity and insight. Ernest Bloch’s […]

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ROSTROPOVICH REIGNS IN DVOŘÁK CONCERTO WITH BOSTON SYMPHONY

Carnegie Hall, New York, Wednesday, April 10, 2002 At the close of Wednesday’s Boston Symphony Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall, with the 75-year-old Mstislav Rostropovich beaming at his side blowing kisses to all and sundry, Seiji Ozawa led the orchestra and the audience in a rousing, heartfelt rendition of Happy Birthday. It was a well-deserved […]

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THE TALICH QUARTET: AN ONGOING TRADITION OF GREATNESS

Weill Recital Hall, New York: February 22, 2002 The 21st century version of the venerable Talich Quartet made one of its all-too rare New York appearances February 22nd at Carnegie Hall’s intimate Weill Recital Hall, a perfect setting for chamber music. The Talich Quartet was founded in 1964 by Jan Talich Sr., nephew of one […]

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