Classical Beat: Robert Battey


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 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 01:25 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Reviews: finding the balance — or crowdsourcing it

There are nine notable concerts this weekend. We can review four. Which would you choose to cover, and why?

By Anne Midgette  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Battey, Phillips Collection

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 02:41 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Sondra shines, and more

An operatic weekend in Washington with Stephanie Blythe and two bel canto operas focuses on Sondra Radvanovsky’s “Anna Bolena” at WNO.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:41 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO, Vocal Arts, Robert Battey

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 09:44 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Weekend links

Reviews; the Wayward Sisters hit the Washington Early Music Festival;Slatkin leads the National Orchestral Institute; and a summer “Carmen” shows off good women and anemic men.

By Anne Midgette  |  09:44 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WEMF, NOI, Robert Battey, Joan Reinthaler

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 10:36 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 11:32 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 12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Weekend reviews: from Bach to Midori

The Bach Sinfonia recreated Bach’s 1723 audition in Leipzig; Midori concluded her residency in Alexandria; the University of Maryland gave a preview of its upcoming Argento celebration; and Mikhail Simonyan played a violin recital.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joan Reinthaler, Robert Battey, Bach Sinfonia

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 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 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 01:23 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Link: Dan Zhu a weak partner for Eschenbach

Robert Battey reviews Christoph Eschenbach’s performance of Mozart with the young Chinese violinist Dan Zhu — and finds that Zhu comes up short.

By Robert Battey  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Battey

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Weekend links: Armenian cellist; Brooklyn Rider

Reviews of the Tchaikovsky Competition winner in recital and the alt-classical string quartet playing vibrato-less Beethoven.

By  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Classical Beat | Tags:  Cecelia Porter, Robert Battey

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Links: Two Orpheuses heard in DC region

Philip Glass’s opera “Orphee” and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Jean-Yves Thibaudet were highlights of the weekend’s classical offerings. Also: Sol Gabetta, the cellist, made her recital debut, and Nordic Voices sang at Dumbarton Church.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:29 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Battey, Tom Huizenga, Cecelia Porter