Archive for December 9th, 2013
Midgette: December concerts in review: of student-like recitals, opera, and concertmasters in the spotlight
A quick look at the musical highlights of the month thus far, as observed by the classical music critics of the Washington Post.
Robert Battey started the month with a brace of concerts. He heard the controlled veteran Anne-Marie McDermott in a program at the Phillips that included Haydn, Prokofiev’s 6th sonata, and a sonata that Charles Wuorinen wrote for the pianist in 2007; and he had a mixed reaction to the striking young pianist Ji, whom Young Concert Artists presented at the Kennedy Center, loving his Corigliano and Ravel but questioning his Schubert and Bach.
11:00 PM Bernard Labadie, conductor Miah Persson, soprano Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano Frédéric Antoun, tenor Andrew Foster-Williams, bass Philip Smith, trumpet New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director Bach: Cantata No 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K 626
This week Mary and I are still in virtual Umbria as we review two wines using the indigenous grape Sagrantino. As Mary points out in the show Sagrantino was used for sacred and sweet wines and for a while disappeared from vineyards in favor of other grapes. Thankfully since the 90′s it has made a […]
10:26 PM Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Divertimento No. 7 Key: DConductor: Sandor VeghEnsemble: Camerata SalzburgLaserLight, 15862 10:19 PM Sir Arthur Sullivan — Gondoliers: Overture Conductor: Alexander FarisEnsemble: Scottish Chamber OrchestraNimbus, 5066 9:54 PM Karol Szymanowski — Violin Concerto No. 1 Opus: 35Conductor: Karol StryjaEnsemble: Polish State PhilharmonicKonstanty Kulka, violinNaxos, 553685 9:23 PM Josef Suk — […]