TRIO MEDIAEVAL GIVES HOT PERFORMANCE AT DARTMOUTH

Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 25, 2003 Rollins Chapel at Dartmouth College exhibited more of the attributes of a sauna than a concert hall last Wednesday night in Hanover, New Hampshire, but the 90-plus-degree temperatures seemed to present virtually no obstacle to the three extraordinary women of Trio Mediaeval, who performed 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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CRUMB PREMIERE ALMOST TURNS STUNT INTO CONCERT

Miller Theater, Columbia University, New York; November 14, 2002 Concert promoters today, despairing of the traditional piano recital, are going whole hog for “concept” programs and musical “happenings.” Miller Theater’s latest contribution to this new genre consisted of a series of variations and vignettes inspired by Thelonius Monk’s jazz classic ‘Round Midnight. Some twenty composers […]

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CRAFT ON CRAFT: A TIMELY MEMOIR OF A REMARKABLE ARTIST

An Improbable Life: Memoirs by Robert Craft (Vanderbilt University Press) It’s about time that Robert Craft spent some time explaining how he came to be Robert Craft. The importance of what he did during his 30+ years working with Stravinsky, assisting in the genesis and birth of the masterpieces of the great composer’s final decades, […]

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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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