Oct. 25 2014

Tokyo’s Soft Power Problem

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Japan overlooks the merits of its own culture out of a blinding insecurity about its international standing.

Oct. 24 2014

Shadowed, Clamoring, Blurry. And With Reason.

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An intentional dearth of light, cohesiveness and clarity makes “The Source,” an oratorio of leaked war logs, the perfect medium for the message.

Oct. 24 2014

A Milestone for Opera’s Sultan of Swat

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When James Levine leads the Metropolitan Opera in “Le Nozze di Figaro” on Saturday, it will be his 2,500th performance with the company.

Oct. 24 2014

Take That, Elevated Expectations!

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Rafal Blechacz’s recital on Thursday night at Zankel Hall included familiar pieces like Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata and Chopin’s “Minute” Waltz.

Oct. 24 2014

A Bruckner Symphony and a Bartok Piano Concerto: A Study in Contrasts

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The New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Alan Gilbert, performed Bruckner’s towering Symphony No. 8 and Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Oct. 23 2014

10-23-14 Word On Wine Franciacorta

This week my guest is Giovanni Bresciani, Export Manager from L’Arcipelago Muratori.   Giovanni works at Villa Crespia where they are making Franciacorta…an Italian sparkling wine using the grapes found in Champagne…Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.   It was nice of him to pay us a visit and talk about his unique area of Italy and their philosophy […]

Oct. 23 2014

“unique, elegant, and refined…”

      The Belcea Quartet brings Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to the Shriver Hall Concert Series on Sunday evening. Series President, Stephen Jacobsohn, is very enthusiastic about the group.         Related posts: Those viola jokes… Affairs Of Notes – And Words, Too! Okay, It’s June, Not July

Oct. 23 2014

Thursday 10/23/14 The Cleveland Orchestra

11:00 PM BRAHMS FESTIVAL Franz Welser-Möst, conductor Julia Fischer, violin BRAHMS “Tragic” Overture BRAHMS Violin Concerto BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Oct. 22 2014

Boldly, Bluntly, a Pianist Puts His Stamp on Mozart

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Lang Lang played two Mozart piano concertos with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic.

Oct. 22 2014

A Master of the Dramatic Turns Lyrical

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The bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, known for Mozart operas, offered a concert of German lieder at Zankel Hall.

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