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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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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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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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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