Classical Beat: Stephen Brookes


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 12:50 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Links: Angela Hewitt reviewed, plus a “telematic opera”

From a piano virtuoso to a “telematic opera,” reviews of recent DC concerts.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:50 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Robert Battey, Cecelia Porter, WPAS

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 11:01 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Links: Strong pianists make for great weekend

Links: Trifonov, Ganz, Ohlsson make for exhilerating Friday, Saturday concerts.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joan Reinthaler, Stephen Brookes, Grace Jean, WPAS, Strathmore

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Weekend roundup: Lang Lang and more

By Anne Midgette  |  05:13 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSO, Eschenbach, Lang Lang, Joan Reinthaler, Grace Jean, Stephen Brookes

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 01:29 AM ET, 09/30/2012

Reviews: Gunn in concert -- and to Philadelphia

The baritone Nathan Gunn gave a WNO recital — but the bigger news is he’s going to be an advisor in Philadelphia.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:29 AM ET, 09/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO, Bach Consort, Stephen Brookes, Robert Battey, Cecelia Porter

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 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 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 10:36 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Links: Josh Bell as music director; two local opera companies make good(ish); and other weekend highlights.

The violinist Joshua Bell led the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields; other notable concerts this weekend included two world premieres, one of an opera about 1950s self-help manuals (by Urban Arias) and one of an affirming orchestral piece with Sweet Honey in the Rock (by the NSO).

By Anne Midgette  |  10:36 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Banno, Robert Battey, Stephen Brookes, NSO

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Link: Urban Arias brings a second season of contemporary opera to Arlington

“Positions 1956,” an opera that has its world premiere on Friday, is based on self-help manuals of the 1950s about sex, dancing, and bodybuilding — just one of three short contemporary operas in the second festival season of the company Urban Arias.

By Stephen Brookes  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Urban Arias

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Links: the week in reviews

Reviews of the NSO last week; the latest offering from the series of new music concerts at the Atlas; the Arditti quartet; and a series highlighting young Japanese artists to celebrate the centennial of the cherry blossoms.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Robert Battey

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 10:18 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Links: iPod concert and other weekend highlights

I so much wanted to love “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz’s iPod-inspired eclectic recital, but I didn’t, entirely. My colleagues waxed more enthusiastic about the NSO, the BSO, the Modigliani Quartet, and “The Mikado.”

By Anne Midgette  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Battey, Tom Huizenga, Joan Reinthaler, Stephen Brookes

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Links: Reviews of Repin, Chen, and other weekend highlights

The violinist Vadim Repin disappointed; the violinist Ray Chen did not; Francesca Caccini got her moment in the spotlight; and the BSO appeared to mirror the Kennedy Center’s ongoing festival of Central European music.

By Anne Midgette, Stephen Brookes, Cecelia Porter, Robert Battey and Joe Banno  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Classical Beat | Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Cecelia Porter, Robert Battey, Joe Banno

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 11:04 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Links: Blomstedt delights at NSO; Emerson Quartet; more

Herbert Blomstedt and the NSO were a highlight in a week that included performances by the Emerson Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio. The Post’s classical music critics report.

By Anne Midgette and others  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Cecelia Porter, Joe Banno