Aug. 22 2015

8-22-15 Music In Maryland Hilary II

This week I am live in the studio and we are doing fun things.  We are celebrating Hilary Hahn’s excellent recordings for a couple of reasons.  First it’s Leonard Bernstein’s birthday on 8/25 so we are playing her recording of the Serenade.  I remember when she performed it in Baltimore because I wrote the review […]

Aug. 22 2015

8-22-15 Face The Music Listings

This week our panel was made up of Phil Greenfield from The American Record Guide, tuba player Ed Goldstein from the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and Ernie Green from The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.  We pretty much liked everything!  When does that happen! Here are the listings…Enjoy! PLAY DATE: Sat, 08/22/2015 5:00 PM            25560 Domenico […]

Aug. 22 2015

8/22/15 – Vocalise Rundown

8:00 PM I know you will enjoy JP’s super Vocalise choices tonight! Leonard Bernstein             I Hate Music! (Cycle of 5 Kid Songs)    CBS/Sony   60697 SOLO Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano SOLO Leonard Bernstein, piano ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 8:08 PM Gerald Finzi                  Two Sonnets for Tenor & Orchestra       Conifer    51285 COND Vernon Handley ORCH Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra SOLO Rebecca Evans,soprano […]

Aug. 22 2015

Dip Your Ears*, No. 205 (The Blue Notebooks or: Recycling Gone Wrong)

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The Blue Notebooks,
Max Richter, Tilda Swinton et al.
DG

Not even Background Muzak

As good as Max Richter’s “Recomposed” version of the Four Seasons was—one of my favorites that year—as ghastly is his “Blue Notebook”, originally from 2004 but now re-released on Deutsche Grammophon. The aggressive simplicity of the music, the—perhaps intentional—barely-competent way single, repetitive

Aug. 21 2015

Classical Month in Washington (October 2015)

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October is a banner month for the new classical music season, with six performances already selected for my Top 25 Season Preview. Some other concerts just missed the cut for the year, but here are the ten performances you will not want to miss in October.

KEYBOARD:
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is an Ionarts favorite. For his latest recital, at the Clarice Smith Center, he will play music by

Aug. 21 2015

For Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, a Long Delayed Appreciation

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It was deeper immersion in Wagner and Schubert that opened a music critic to Bruckner, the master Austrian symphonist.

Aug. 20 2015

Classical & Opera Listings for Aug. 21-27

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

Aug. 20 2015

Thursday 08/20/15 The Cleveland Orchestra

11:00 PM Franz Welser-Möst, conductor BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” RAVEL: Alborado del gracioso RAVEL:  Valse nobles et sentimentales RAVEL:  La Valse

Aug. 20 2015

Houellebecq Revealed

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Michel Houellebecq, author of Les Particules élémentaires, was for some time the darling of the French press. This week Le Monde is publishing a six-part exposé on the excesses and growing oddness of the best-selling French author. An anonymous writer friend of Houellebecq’s, “whom he admires,” was interviewed by journalist Ariane Chemin for the piece, which has caused quite a media tempest in

Aug. 19 2015

Review: At Mostly Mozart, Joshua Bell Plays a Rejiggered Bach Novelty

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In addition to Julian Milone’s version of a rearranged Bach chaconne, this program included Mozart and Schumann.

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