Aug. 04 2015

Tuesday 8/04/15 Chicago Symphony Orchestra

11:00 PM CONDUCTOR: Mei-Ann Chen SOLOIST: Robert Chen, violin Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusina Overture Price: Mississippi River Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Lang Lang, piano; Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos,conductor) Elgar: Cockaigne Overture -condcucted by Vasily Petrenko

Aug. 04 2015

À mon chevet: ‘Go Set a Watchman’

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À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

Mr. Stone had pronounced the benediction and was on his way to the front door when she went down the aisle to corner Herbert, who had remained behind to shut the windows. Dr. Finch was faster on the draw:

“–shouldn’t sing it like that, Herbert,” he was saying. “We are Methodists after all

Aug. 04 2015

The Little Orchestra Society Limits Schedule and Aims for Younger Audience

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The ensemble, whose average age of its audience is dropping, is planning only 16 performances next season, down from 28 last season.

Aug. 03 2015

Boston Symphony Extends Andris Nelsons’s Contract Through 2022

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Mr. Nelsons, 36, will continue as music director, noting that he and the orchestra “speak the same language.”

Aug. 03 2015

Musical Heroes at Tanglewood

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We welcome this review from Tanglewood by guest contributor Seth Arenstein.

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10, Boston Symphony Orchestra, A. Nelsons (DG, 2015)
When prominent soloists, cast in the role of musical heroes, overshadow a concert program, smaller pieces may receive less attention, perhaps even diminished rehearsal time. Fortunately the Boston Symphony Orchestra played all three works

Aug. 03 2015

Monday 8/03/15 New York Philharmonic This Week

11:00 PM CONDUCTOR: Bramwell Tovey SOLOIST: Joyce Yang, piano SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1 MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker TCHAIKOVSKY: Marche Slave, op. 31 Fill: Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D-major

Aug. 03 2015

8-3-15 Word On Wine House of Mandela Thembu Collection

This week Mary and I continue our sampling of House of Mandela Wines with The Thembu Collection.  These wines are Fair Trade and the winery was opened by Nelson Mandela’s daughter and grand daughter to honor him.  The Thembu Collection will be very visible on the shelf of your local wine store because they used […]

Aug. 02 2015

Review: Jeremy Denk in a Full-Blooded Performance at Mostly Mozart

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As part of this event, Jeremy Denk played Brahms’s left-hand arrangement of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor.

Aug. 02 2015

Perchance to Stream: Santa Fe 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.
Listen to the performance of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, recorded at the Bayreuth Festival. [BR-Klassik]

Kirill Petrenko

Aug. 02 2015

Production Photos from the Bregenz Festival’s Turandot

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It might merit confessing that I’m not all that hot about Puccini and that I suffer from a general deficiency in appreciating Italian opera. That said, I consider Turandot the best compromise as far as quality and popularity is concerned. Granted, I think that if it weren’t for Nessun dorma and one or two other greatest-hits moments and the ensuing grand popularity, nothing near the throngs of

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