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Apr. 21 2015

New Orford String Quartet

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J. Hétu, Complete Chamber Works for Strings, New Orford String Quartet et al. (Naxos, 2014)
Charles T. Downey, Note perfect, but lacking life
Washington Post, April 21
The New Orford String Quartet, formed in Canada in 2009, had a mixed debut at the Phillips Collection on Sunday afternoon. The quartet gave a nearly note-perfect performance in two monuments of the string quartet literature from

Apr. 21 2015

On Forbes: Free Speech, Rachmaninov And Twitter Posts: How The Ukrainian War Invaded Toronto’s Stage

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Free Speech, Rachmaninov And Twitter Posts: How The Ukrainian War Invaded Toronto’s Stage
…The answer (quoted via Musical Toronto) from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra came soon: “Due to ongoing accusations of deeply offensive language by Ukrainian media outlets, we have decided to replace Valentina Lisita… Valentina Lisitsa’s provocative comments have overshadowed past performances. As one of

Apr. 20 2015

Peter Oundjian in Technicolor

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Musorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, P. Oundjian (TSO, 2008)
Charles T. Downey, Guest conductor sets a fast tempo for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Washington Post, April 20)
It can be a fine line between energetic enthusiasm and manic excess, especially with the sonic resources of the modern orchestra brought to bear. In his guest appearance with the Baltimore

Apr. 19 2015

Review: Andris Nelsons Makes New York Debut as Boston Symphony Leader

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Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra performed three programs over three nights at Carnegie Hall, the last ending with Mahler’s 80-minute Sixth Symphony.

Apr. 19 2015

Reviews: Ian Bostridge, Tenet and Tallis Scholars in Performance

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A concert at the Park Avenue Armory acknowledged the centenary of World War I; the ambitious early-music group Tenet explored ‘concerto delle donne; and the Tallis Scholars were joined by a powerful chorus.

Apr. 19 2015

Perchance to Stream: Cherry Blossom Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the “Play” button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch Juan Diego Flórez and friends (Anna Bonitatibus, Ildar Abdrazakov, Vittorio Grigolo, Luca Pisaroni, and others), at the

Apr. 18 2015

Anna Clyne, a Composer Who Creates With Images

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Ms. Clyne is the subject of the Miller Theater’s final Composers Portrait of the season on Thursday.

Apr. 17 2015

Review: Jordi Savall, Plunged in the Emotion of Performance and Life

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Mr. Savall, the Catalan viola da gamba virtuoso, participated in Carnegie Hall’s Before Bach festival.

Apr. 17 2015

Review: Cantata Profana’s Indefinable ‘Dreams and Visions’

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The ensemble performed a diverse repertory that included Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia.

Apr. 17 2015

‘The tintinnabulation that so musically wells’

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is a composer whose instrumental music often seems wandering and overlong to me. Not unlike his compatriot Tchaikovsky, whose ballets and operas suit me much more than his symphonies and concertos, Rachmaninoff seemed to benefit from the restraint of a text or story. This is likely why Kolokola, a choral symphony based on Edgar Allan Poe’s evocative poem The Bells, is so

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