The Ammann Piano Concerto “Gran Toccata” Explored

Munich, Gasteig; January 9, 10, & 12, 2020—The Piano Concerto of Swiss composer Dieter Ammann was supposed to have been premiered at Vienna’s Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony. It wasn’t ready, however, and the concert last April (reviewed for ClassicsToday) featured Bartók’s Third, instead. The actual premiere had to wait for the BBC Proms, which, […]

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Conference Report–Music in the Disruptive Era: the Digital, the Internet, and Beyond

Organized by the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca Lucca, Italy; 14-16 December 2019—The impact of the Internet and digital technologies on the way the music is created, disseminated, and consumed is impossible to assess fully. Because we live in the middle of this “disruptive era,” the full impacts of the new technologies and […]

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Editorial: Classical Music’s Ten Dirtiest Secrets

Classical Music’s Ten Dirtiest Secrets Considering how culturally valuable and self-evidently important classical music is supposed to be, its proponents are a surprisingly defensive group. At performing arts organizations, press departments fret that the slightest negative comment about an artist might attract public notice. What little marketing that takes place with respect to recordings always […]

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Cedille Label Founder James Ginsburg Nominated for Grammy Award

CHICAGO, November 21, 2019—Cedille Records founder and president James Ginsburg has been nominated for the 2020 Grammy Award for Producer of The Year, Classical, his first nomination in that category. Nominations were announced November 20 by the Recording Academy. Ginsburg’s Cedille productions released during the Grammy eligibility period, Oct. 1, 2018, to Aug. 31, 2019, […]

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Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal’s Sensitive, Detailed Mozart and Bruckner

Friday, November 22, 2019: Carnegie Hall, New York The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal presented a program of Mozart and Bruckner on its first U.S. tour, featuring the overture and stellar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the two big arias for high voice from the former’s La Clemenza di Tito, and the latter’s “Romantic” Symphony (No. 4). […]

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Anima Eterna and the Contrabassoon That Could

Vienna, November 6, 2019; Konzerthaus—Vienna was in an early-music mood this November: Christophe Rousset’s Les Talens Lyrique was performing Ariodante at the State Opera; the Musikverein hosted the fast declining Concentus Musicus as well as the endearingly chaotic but often exciting Vienna Academy Orchestra; and the Konzerthaus opened its doors to Jos van Immerseel and […]

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