Archive | Concerts

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS MICRO-MANAGES MAHLER

Carnegie Hall, New York: October 10, 2002 Let’s get right the point: there was a lot to enjoy in Michael Tilson Thomas’ Mahler Third, and what problems there were stem from the strange fact that most conductors eventually become their own worst enemies. Tilson Thomas evidently is no exception. It could be that after years […]

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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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FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE RATT-MAN: DON’T EXPECT AN OSCAR

Carnegie Hall, New York, March 19, 2002 Simon Rattle must be one of the most frustrating conductors ever to wield a stick. Having risen to the top of his profession on a wave of seemingly limitless praise from the English press, and having amassed a huge catalog of recordings for EMI (the majority of which […]

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TALLIS SCHOLARS PAY HOMAGE TO MARY TUDOR

Riverside Church, New York; March 17, 2002 The Tallis Scholars come to New York about once a year, always bringing with them pre-17th century music one might not otherwise hear. This year their program consisted of music composed around the time of Mary Tudor, who ruled England from 1553 to 1558, between Henry VIII and […]

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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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PIANIST JENNY LIN’S ELOQUENT CASE FOR MODERN WOMEN COMPOSERS

Miller Theater (Columbia University), New York: February 19, 2002 American Pianist Jenny Lin’s “Piano on the Edge” concert, a program of music by 20th century women composers, confirmed her growing reputation in the vanguard of young artists with an interest in unusual repertoire and the technique to give it life. Lin threw down the gauntlet […]

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MONTEVERDI’S POPPEA FROM BOLOGNA: ALMOST AUTHENTIC, PRACTICALLY IDEAL

Teatro Comunale (Bologna): February 19, 2002 L’Incoronazione di Poppea is an intimate work; the lusts, loves, intrigues, betrayals, and even suicide are done in private. Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, though it only seats 1,000, might seem too big for it, particularly in an Historically Informed Performance led by early music dynamo Rinaldo Alessandrini, but stage director […]

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Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie: Thought-provoking Programs, Peerless Playing

Carnegie Hall, New York; January 24 and 25, 2002–Twentieth century angst and 19th century affirmation were joined in the trio of New York concerts Christoph von Dohnanyi and his Cleveland Orchestra brought to Carnegie Hall January 24, 25, and 26. Each program opened with grim modern works and closed with a Beethoven Symphony–the life-enhancing Seventh, […]

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Tosca Storms the Bastille: Massive Casualties Reported

Bastille Opera (Paris): January 25, 2002–Victorien Sardou, the French playwright who wrote the original Tosca, would probably be amused that his work has achieved immortality in his own land in an Italian operatic version. Of course the story, which I assume is familiar to all in its general outlines, takes place in Rome. Still, it […]

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Thielemann Unimpressive with the NY Philharmonic: Mozart Subs for John Adams

Avery Fisher Hall, New York, January 16, 2002–Thomas Hampson’s illness, which caused him to pull out of this New York Philharmonic performance of John Adams’ The Wound Dresser, adds to the sadly growing list of canceled performances of the composer’s work, which include a production of his oratorio El Niño and a BSO performance of […]

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