Archive for November 18th, 2013
11:00 PM Three Cellos Charles Dutoit, conductor Carter Brey, Alisa Weilerstein, Daniel Müller-Schott, cellos Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole Penderecki: Concerto grosso for 3 cellos Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Last week Mary tasted two inexpensive reds for the good of Word On Wine…This week it was my turn! Such sacrifices we make for the Word On Wine Audience! These two wines were from the Eastern shores of bella Italia. 1)2012 Corte Majoli Valpolicella. $14. This is a blend of 3 grapes grown in the […]
It’s the month of War Requiem in Washington, where two major organizations feted Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a piece that some have called his magnum opus. I had a couple of chances to talk about the piece in the Washington Post, first in a feature for the Sunday Arts section, and then in my review of the Washington Chorus performance a couple of days later (in which I tried not to repeat the earlier story, forgetting that a number of readers would not have seen the earlier story). So when it came time to review the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance, I was casting about for ways to spare readers hearing me yet again on the same subject, and ways I could avoid repeating myself. My husband, Greg Sandow, is a respected critic, composer and consultant who’s been writing about music in major publications for years, and since he and I have quite different takes on the piece, we had the idea of writing a joint review as a point-counterpoint debate.
10:41 PM Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Symphony No. 33 Key: B-Flat Conductor: Herbert von KarajanEnsemble: Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraAngel/EMI, 66389 10:12 PM Sigismond Thalberg — Piano Concerto Key: fOpus: 5Conductor: Richard KappEnsemble: Westphalian Symphony OrchestraMichael Ponti, pianoVox/MMG, 5066 10:05 PM Richard Wagner — Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries Conductor: James LevineEnsemble: Metropolitan Opera OrchestraDG/Archiv, 447764 […]