Musikfest 4: Expressions of Hope

Andris Nelsons © 2015 by Alexander Böhm
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig presented a programme of stark contrasts in which the quiet anguish of Shostakovich’s 'Chamber Symphony' and the cataclysmic force of Sofia Gubaidulina’s 'Der Zorn Gottes' were held in fine balance by unshakable optimism of Beethoven’s 'Seventh Symphony'

Musikfest 1: Return to Form

Klaus Mäkelä © 2020 by Harrison Parrott
It was a good weekend for Mahler fans in Berlin.Only two nights after the Berlin Philharmonic kicked off their season with a performance of the Seventh, the 2022 edition of Musikfest Berlin got underway with the Sixth, performed by Amsterdam’s Concertgebouworkest under the direction of their future chief conductor Klaus Mäkelä

Negra, mujer y tonal

Angel Blue y Yannick Nézet-Séguin con The Philadelphia Orchestra © 2022 by Peter Fischli_ Lucerne Festival
La música de Coleman traduce la alegría del nacimiento y la fuerza de la tradición con un lenguaje asequible: no en vano esta mujer promueve a los compositores “del lado no europeo de la música contemporánea”.
Estados Unidos

Santa Fe Opera 2: An Old-fashioned Entertainment

McVicar, Falstaff © 2022 by Curtis Brown
The new production of 'Falstaff' was a success on nearly all fronts.Sir David McVicar’s energetic, lightly ribald staging made easy work of the densely-plotted action while the vigorous musical direction of Paul Daniel and a strong ensemble led by the charismatic Falstaff of Quinn Kelsey ensured that the intricacies of the score emerged with absolute clarity.

Sensible Footwear

Wieler, Viebrock, Morabito. Die Meistersinger © 2022 by Thomas Aurin
The Meistersinger's staging of Jossi Wieler, Anna Viebrock and Sergio Morabito had numerous great ideas and a few terrible ones;it conjured a convincing world and populated it with well-realised characters, then allowed entire scenes to fall flat.

Unity from diversity

Andris Nelsons © 2015 by Alexander Böhm
Between the extraordinary refinement of the playing and the consistently thrilling direction of Andris Nelsons, the evening was a casually flawless illustration of how the best concerts invariably arise from the simple pairing of great pieces with great musicians

Living in the Ice Age

Michieletto, Jenůfa © 2022 by Bernd Uhlig
With a slightly altered cast and musical direction taken over by Thomas Guggeis, the Jenůfa's first public performance was a triumph, placing considerable vocal riches in the service of a thoroughly engrossing drama

Tales of oppression and resistance

Py, Les Vêpres Siciliennes © 2022 by Marcus Lieberenz
'Les Vêpres Siciliennes' allowed Mr Py to present a vast canvas of oppression and resistance.With the addition of several great vocal performances and the taut musical direction of Enrique Mazzola, the production turned Verdi’s most conspicuous attempt to adapt his style to Parisian tastes into an engaging spectacle

Cancelling the Count

Jones, Le Nozze di Figaro © 2022 by Vincent Pontet / OnP
There is always the danger that new productions will simply coast on the charm of the music without bothering to make a strong case for the continued relevance of the story

Monopolio masculino en los Premios ICMA 2022

Alina Ibragimova © by Eva Verman
El 18 de enero se dió a conocer el fallo de los International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) en su edición de 2022.Entre los premiados figuran: Adam Fischer, Martin Fröst, Gennaro Cardaropoli, Julian Kainrath, Sebastian Androne, Francisco Coll y un total de 17 grabaciones de vídeo y audio.