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Jun. 18 2015

Classical & Opera Listings for June 19-25

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A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

Jun. 18 2015

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.2 (Part 2)

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This continues “Gustav Mahler — Symphony No.2 (Part 1)”

The early performances of Mahler’s Second Symphony were always a success, which must have been relieve and comfort after his First—“it is and always will be my child of sorrow”—continued to be harangued as, for example, a “conglomeration of nervous impressions”. (That was after the 1899 Dresden performance and, although part of a thoroughly

Jun. 18 2015

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.2 (Part 1)

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Preceded by “Gustav Mahler — Symphony No.1 (Part 1 & Part 2)”
Continued here: “Gustav Mahler — Symphony No.2 (Part 2)”
The gestation period for the Second Symphony was the longest of any of Mahler’s symphonies, and with nearly 59 months of labor—from the first sketches on July 8th 1888 to the final touches on March 29th 1894—it is only appropriate that the resulting baby should be a musical

Jun. 18 2015

Jean Rondeau, No Smoke or Mirrors

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Imagine (Bach), J. Rondeau
(released on January 27, 2015)
Erato 825646220045 | 79’56”
For many listeners, even those judging high-level music competitions, what they see is more important than what they hear. This phenomenon is likely made worse with an instrument like the harpsichord, which listeners may not have heard all that many times, meaning that image or superficial appeal can sometimes

Jun. 18 2015

Review: Masaaki Suzuki Conducts Young Musicians in Bach

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This Japanese early-music maestro led an orchestra and chorus made up of students and recent alumni from the Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music.

Jun. 17 2015

Recreating the Funeral Ceremony of Louis XIV

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Louis XIV died 300 years ago, in 1715, and the Festival de Saint-Denis in the basilique des rois, where he and the other members of the French royal family were buried, marked the anniversary with a concert on June 8. This being France, where most people still hate the Bourbons, the royal funeral ceremony was recalled in a sort of theatrical way. One satirical epitaph from around the time of

Jun. 17 2015

Recreating the Funeral Ceremony of Louis XIV

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Louis XIV died 300 years ago, in 1715, and the Festival de Saint-Denis in the basilique des rois, where he and the other members of the French royal family were buried, marked the anniversary with a concert on June 8. This being France, where most people still hate the Bourbons, the royal funeral ceremony was recalled in a sort of theatrical way. One satirical epitaph from around the time of

Jun. 17 2015

Review: Mahler Chamber Orchestra Careens Across the Centuries at Aldeburgh

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The composer George Benjamin is this year’s artist in residence at the Aldeburgh Festival, and his influence saturated the orchestra’s weekend concerts.

Jun. 17 2015

Review: Mahler Chamber Orchestra Careens Across the Centuries at Aldeburgh

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The composer George Benjamin is this year’s artist in residence at the Aldeburgh Festival, and his influence saturated the orchestra’s weekend concerts.

Jun. 15 2015

Ionarts-at-Large: Heinz Holliger, Haydn-Master

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If anyone can elicit great—or even just respectable—Haydn from the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at a musician-unfriendly 10.30am, I should think it’d be Heinz Holliger. Ever since hearing the septuagenarian conduct the Camerata Salzburg at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg some years back (review here), I’ve considered him the finest living Haydn conductor I know of. Perhaps something to do with him being

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