Classical Beat: Downey


Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Weekend roundup: so many premieres, so little time.

Tavener, Crockett, Spears, Kahane all offered new work in DC this weekend.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:47 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Grace Jean, Joan Reinthaler, Charles T. Downey, Roger Catlin, Robert Battey

Posted at 02:55 AM ET, 04/08/2013

April concerts: Wolff, Kolkay, and a great Great Noise.

Wolff leads the NSO; Kolkay dazzles on bassoon; Great Noise Ensemble is great, say Post critics.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:55 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler, Stephen Brookes, Dumbarton Concerts, Wolf Trap, WNO

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 02/10/2013

Links: World’s greatest conductor?

A profile of Mariss Jansons, plus reviews of the Harlem Quartet and others.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:46 PM ET, 02/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler, Mariss Jansons

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Review digest: of Lang Lang, Midori, Josh Bell, and more

The last two weeks saw recitals by Andrey Baranov, Paul Huang, Alexandre Tharaud, and I Musici di Roma.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:46 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSO, Lang Lang, Eschenbach, Battey, Reinthaler, Brookes, Downey, Porter, Jean

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Music in Washington: this was the week that was

A round-up of recent reviews of performances in Washington, from John Cage to Astor Piazzolla

By Anne Midgette and others  |  11:38 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Battey, Stephen Brookes, Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 07/08/2012

Reviews: after the storms

Charles T. Downey looks in on some performances that had to be rescheduled due to loss of (electrical) power.

By Charles T. Downey  |  12:55 PM ET, 07/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Wolf Trap Opera

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/02/2012

Links: Storm edition (but the shows went on)

A survey of reviews from around the region after a storm-tossed weekend played havoc with some performances (but not others).

By Anne Midgette  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wolf Trap, Castleton, WEMF, Stephen Brookes, Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler, Robert Battey

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Links: Norman Scribner’s last goodbye; Vivaldi on the mandolin

Links to reviews of Norman Scribner’s final farewell from the Choral Arts Society, the mandolin player Avi Avital in recital, and a minor-league “Otello.”

By Anne Midgette  |  08:34 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Battey, Charles T. Downey

Posted at 12:49 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Links: From Salerno-Sonnenberg to Simpson, a weekend review roundup

Links to reviews from a busy weekend that included everything from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to a small-scale staging of Mozart’s “Idomeneo.”

By Anne Midgette  |  12:49 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Banno, Stephen Brookes, Joan Reinthaler, Robert Battey, Charles T. Downey

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Links: a season ends, a festival opens

Links to reviews of the NSO’s last concert of the season; the beginning of the Washington Early Music Festival; and Christoph Eschenbach with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:42 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSO, WEMF, Robert Battey, Joe Banno, Charles T. Downey

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Eschenbach, Saks, et alia: reviews and addenda

Reviews of Christoph Eschenbach, having fun with the NSO; Gidon Saks, having fun with the audience; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and others.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:41 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joan Reinthaler, Robert Battey, Charles T. Downey

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Links: Bashmet disappoints, Steinbacher shines, and other recent reviews

A roundup of reviews by Washington Post critics from a busy few days of classical concerts.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:36 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Banno, Robert Battey, Charles T. Downey, Cecelia Porter, Joan Reinthaler

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/24/2012

The weekend in review: Concerto Köln, Verge Ensemble, A Far Cry, and Fred Lerdahl

Concert reviews of the crack early-music group Concerto Köln, the complete quartets of Pulitzer finalist Fred Lerdahl, the Verge Ensemble playing Morton Subotnick, and more.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler, Tom Huizenga, Stephen Brookes, NSO

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Links: Midori in Alexandria; Bach Consort

A link to Stephen Brookes’s profile of the former child prodigy Midori in Sunday’s Washington Post. Plus: Charles T. Downey reviews the Bach Consort.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Charles T. Downey

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Links: NSO Czechs in

Reviews of the National Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak and the Prague Philharmonia at the Kennedy Center.

By  |  08:05 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Robert Battey

Posted at 12:44 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Links: Perahia, L’Arpeggiata, and Ute Lemper

The Washington Post’s classical music critics weigh in on highlights of last Sunday’s offerings in the city.

By Anne Midgette, Charles T. Downey and Robert Battey  |  12:44 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Battey, Charles Downey

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 03/15/2012

News and notes

Tidbits from around the web: an interview with Christina Pluhar of L’Arpeggiata; the Met Opera continues to expand its technological portfolio with a new iPad app; the winner of a Philadelphia opera company’s “American Idol” for composers.

By Anne Midgette  |  05:24 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Met Opera

Posted at 11:48 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Links: Gheorghiu disappoints, Bronfman impresses, and other classical reviews

A hive of classical activity in the DC area this weekend leads to reviews of Angela Gheorghiu, Yefim Bronfman, Benjamin Grosvenor, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with “Voices of Light,” and the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonie.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:48 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Classical Beat | Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler, Joe Banno, Samantha Buker

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Links: Maazel and the Vienna Phil are oddly uneven; weekly roundup.

Lorin Maazel and the Vienna Philharmonic offered an oddly uneven program; plus reviews of pianist Roger Wright, cellist Jonah Kim, and a festival of female composers by the Ibis Chamber Music Society.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:14 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Classical Beat | Tags:  Cecelia Porter, Charles T. Downey, Stephen Brookes

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Cosi fa Miller

Jonathan Miller’s “Cosi fan tutte” opened at the Washington National Opera on Saturday night. Here, a sampling of reviews, including my own.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Classical Beat | Tags:  Charles Downey, WNO

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Link: Andnes, reviewed

Leif Ove Andsnes brings poetry and introspection to his Sunday recital at Strathmore; Charles T. Downey reports. Plus: Robert Battey reviews the Voxare String Quartet at the Phillips.

By Charles T. Downey and Robert Battey  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Links: NSO with Salerno-Sonnenberg; the piano beat

Charles T. Downey’s take on three significant Washington concerts this week, including Eschenbach and the NSO last night in Shostakovich and Bruckner. In a Web-only addendum, he confirms that the principal oboeist had to leave the stage with stomach flu in the middle of the performance.

By Charles T. Downey  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSO, Charles T. Downey

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Links: Graham cancels recital, but classical weekend remains active.

Though laryngitis forced the mezzo Susan Graham to cancel her recital on Saturday, Jonathan Biss, ECCO, the Cygnus Ensemble, and other groups contributed to an active weekend.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:59 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Patrick Rucker, Joan Reinthaler, Charles T. Downey