A Tale of Two Orchestras

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Anne Ryan | Ibermúsica
The main attraction was the German première of Mr Salonen’s Sinfonia concertante for organ and orchestra, which was completed and given its first performance (in Katowice) only six days ago.With Olivier Latry on the Karl Schuke organ of the Philharmonie and spirited direction from the composer himself, the new work provided a compelling centrepiece to an evening that never lacked excitement.

La musique dodécaphonique et sérielle: une nouvelle histoire

La musique dodécaphonique et sérielle: une nouvelle histoire © 2021 by Brepols
Ce livre relate une histoire technique du sérialisme et met en lumière des récits qui n'ont pas encore paru dans la littérature publiée en examinant des textes théoriques dans de nombreuses langues, certains de compositeurs dont les œuvres sont traduites ici pour la première fois.

21st Century Guitar. Evolutions and Augmentations

21st Century Guitar © 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
21st Century Guitar examines the diverse physical manifestations of the guitar across the modern performative landscape through a series of essays and interviews.

A turn on the wheel of fortune

Horáková, Il Giustino © 2022 by Matthias Baus
'Il Giustino' was written first and foremost a vocal showcase, and the staging acknowledged this by turning the area around the orchestra pit into a platform, allowing the singers to deliver their arias directly to the audience without an excess of projection that might have ruined the delicate balance between voice and instrumental ensemble

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”.
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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