Category Archives: Reviews

The Glamorous Life

“I’m so proud that you’ve made your dreams come true!” My BFF told me after last month’s concert. I had to pause. True, the review was the warmest one we’ve had so far, and I was very happy with how … Continue reading

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Gotham Chamber Opera’s Orientale at LPR

Last week I stepped out to Gotham Chamber Opera‘s season premiere, Gotham @ LPR: ORIENTALE, an evening’s entertainment with a vaguely Asiatic theme. The rep was a true mash-up: Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda as a centerpiece, traditional Armenian melodies, French Baroque … Continue reading

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Concerts in Haarlem and Amsterdam

Thousandfolders hit the road this week and next, soaking in the many cultural delights of Amsterdam and Brussels (and neighboring cities) before heading off to Riga, Latvia for performances with their early music festival. Boy it’s rough on your feet … Continue reading

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From Silent Spring to a furious Fifth (plus: Tchaikovsky’s forgotten lyrics)

Since we posted a “review” of the audience for the Pittsburgh Symphony last Sunday, Amanda’s review of the actual concert for Bachtrack is here. By the way, everyone know the lyrics to Tchaikovsky’s Fifth?   Some from this website, and … Continue reading

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Cheating death: a review of Bruckner, Rattle, and the Berliner Philharmoniker at Carnegie, 2/24/12

This concert featured Bruckner’s death-haunted Ninth Symphony, but with a difference.  Although Bruckner died after completing only three of the four movements, the Berliners gave the American premiere of a Finale reconstructed by Nicola Samale, John A. Phillips, Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs, and Giuseppe Mazzuca (“SPCM”). … Continue reading

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Ecstatic Music Festival: what I didn’t say

My review of the Ecstatic Music Festival opening night is on Bachtrack. For the sake of journalistic objectivity, and their mission to attract more listeners to classical music, I kept it pretty neutral. But here’s more on how I really … Continue reading

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Lost in the Brooklyn backcountry (Review: Messiaen, Tate, Hamburger Symphoniker)

Everything about this concert was out of the ordinary: orchestra, conductor, venue, repertoire, and accompanying film (see above).  And it was a triumph—in spite of itself.

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The Big Bang Theory

Back in the noughties, piano cognoscenti liked to trash the Chinese piano phenom Lang Lang.  The late, lamented Earl Wild once called him “the J. Lo of the piano,” and then there’s his nickname, “Bang Bang.”  Critics slammed him for … Continue reading

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Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? (Mahler, Adès, Alan Gilbert, NYPO)

Okay folks, thanks for the 15 minutes.  Can we talk about music now?  No other classical music news has topped this cell phone, not Thomas Quasthoff’s sad announcement of his retirement, not budget woes at San Antonio Opera and Trinity … Continue reading

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Welcome Bachtrack readers!

Sheesh, you know you’re busy when your own blog doesn’t recognize you. I did have time to go see the new Nico Muhly opera last weekend, which I was glad to do. Still, in the words of the amazing Lucy … Continue reading

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