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. 18 2015

Gran Wilson Recital & Masterclass

Tenor Gran Wilson took the time to talk with me about his upcoming Recital on Saturday April 25th and Masterclass on Sunday, April 26th at Howard Community College. For tickets and more information the number is, 443-518-1500 and the web address is, howardcc.edu/concerts.   Related posts: Congratulations, Madame President! A musical hot spot in Roland […]

Apr. 18 2015

4/18/15 – Vocalise Rundown

8:00 PM Giving me the night off, it looks like JP has a great lineup of music on Vocalise! Ludwig van Beethoven          Adelaide  Op 46                         DG/Archiv  435145 SOLO Fritz Wunderlich, tenor SOLO Hubert Giesen, piano ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 8:08 PM Dmitri Shostakovich           Spanish Songs  Op 100                   Delos      3304 SOLO Mikhail Lukonin, baritone SOLO Yuri Serov ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 8:26 […]

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

Apr. 17 2015

Martin Kasík at Czech Embassy

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This review is an Ionarts exclusive.

Martin Kasík had his Washington debut in 2000, garnering a fine review for his Young Concert Artists-sponsored recital at the Kennedy Center, the same year he also played at 92nd Street Y in New York. The Czech pianist came back for a recital at the Strathmore Mansion in 2006, which I am sorry to have missed, based on the beauty of his playing on Wednesday

Apr. 17 2015

Ionarts-at-Large: The Takács Quartet in Vienna

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The heart of chamber music of Vienna beats in the Mozart-Saal. But the offerings at the Brahms-Saal of the venerable, more famous Musikverein can be tempting, too… and if and when the Takács Quartet calls whence, the resident-ionarts unit will drop whatever he is doing and head over to hear one of our longest standing favorites. Even in an utterly conservative program such as they presented at

Apr. 16 2015

Review: Robert Ashley’s ‘Crash’ Opens at Roulette

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Mr. Ashley’s 90-minute autobiographical opera will have a four-day run in Brooklyn.

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