A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.
Jonathan Pryce and Dominic Mafham in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice has proven a burdensome undertaking for some local companies over the past decade. With its anti-Semitic themes and ambiguous hero/villain distinctions, it is a play that requires directors and actors to make clear choices, in order to keep the production from seeming
10:38 PM Robert Schumann — String Quartet No. 2 Key: FOpus: 41Ensemble: Fine Arts QuartetNaxos, 8570151 10:06 PM Antonin Dvorak — Violin Concerto Key: aOpus: 53Conductor: John StorgardsEnsemble: Helsinki PhilharmonicChristian Tetzlaff, violinOndine, 1279 9:41 PM Franz Krommer/Frantisek Kramar — Concerto for 2 Clarinets Key: E-Flat Opus: 91Conductor: Kalman BerkesEnsemble: Nicolaus Esterhazy SinfoniaKalman Berkes, clarinetTomoko Takashima,clarinetNaxos, […]
10:43 PM Adolph Martin Foerster — Serenade for Piano Trio Opus: 61Ensemble: The Rawlins Piano TrioAlbany, 692 10:23 PM Edvard Grieg — Lyric Suite Opus: 54Conductor: Neeme JarviEnsemble: Gothenburg Symphony OrchestraDG/Archiv, 437524 9:47 PM Reinhold Gliere — Symphony No. 1 Key: E-Flat Opus: 8Conductor: Stephen GunzenhauserEnsemble: Slovak Philharmonic OrchestraM Polo/HK, 8220349 9:41 PM Sergei Rachmaninoff […]
10:42 PM Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 10 Key: CClara Haskil, pianoPhilips, 456829 10:31 PM Josef Strauss — Delirien Opus: 212Conductor: Willi BoskovskyEnsemble: Vienna Symphony OrchestraLondon, 4780228 10:09 PM George Frederick McKay — Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes Conductor: John McLaughlin WilliamsEnsemble: National Radio Symph. UkraineNaxos, 8559225 9:44 PM Louis Spohr — […]
Firebird, Handspring Puppet Company (photo by Luke Younge, Lucid Pictures)
The so-called “heat dome” that has settled over most of the country made the prospect of an outdoor concert on Saturday night not so pleasant. Fans and programs fluttered furiously at the Filene Center, but few breezes came to cool the air at Wolf Trap for the latest concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. Featuring
The Phantom of the Opera (photo by Alastair Muir)
As a heat wave pours through the area, Washingtonians want to go out and yet stay cool. Fortunately, the Kennedy Center has welcomed a “new production” of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The 1909 Gaston Leroux novel turned Broadway hit tells the story of a young talented soprano, Christine Daae, and a haunted opera house in Paris.
10:41 PM Hamilton Harty — John Field Suite. Conductor: Uri MayerEnsemble: Edmonton Symphony OrchestraCBC(RCI), 5035 10:13 PM Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Piano Concerto No. 23 Key: AConductor: Leon Fleisher, conductorEnsemble: Stuttgart Chamber OrchestraLeon Fleisher, pianoCBS/Sony, 435052 10:08 PM Johann Sebastian Bach — “Little Fugue” Key: gConductor: Esa-Pekka SalonenEnsemble: Los Angeles PhilharmonicCBS/Sony, 89012 9:38 PM Francois […]