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Classical Beat: March, 2011

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Links: Music for early keyboards

Links to reviews of two Washington concerts featuring the keyboard music of the Baroque.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Weekend links

Links to reviews of Christine Brewer, the Met’s “Comte Ory,” City Opera’s “Monodramas,” and more.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:01 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Music review: Hugo Wolf Quartet at the Corcoran Gallery

The Hugo Wolf Quartet offers an uneven recital at the Corcoran, reviewed by Tom Huizenga

By Tom Huizenga and — Tom Huizenga  |  09:57 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/26/2011

Fizzy “Ory” at Met Opera charms its public

Its first-ever production of Rossini’s last comedy is star-studded and very good, but not quite great.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Opera residency: music to composers’ ears

The Opera Company of Philadelphia’s announcement of a new, three-year, salaried residency with benefits and few strings attached should have composers jumping to apply.

By Anne Midgette  |  08:06 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Link: Fried and Biss

Charles T. Downey reviews Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss, mother and son, in a violin-piano recital at the Kennedy Center.

By  |  03:31 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Semi conductors?

As James Levine cancels still more performances and Riccardo Muti takes a million-dollar prize during a season when he’s barely played with his new orchestra, audiences remain eager to lionize conductors.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Link: Washington Master Chorale

A link to Charles Downey’s review of a recent arrival on the DC choral scene.

By Charles T. Downey  |  12:37 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Weekend links: BSO without Jimmy, and more

Links to reviews from the weekend past.

By Anne Midgette and other critics  |  02:12 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Cathedral choral group presents a luminous ‘St. Matthew Passion’

Washington National Cathedral’s choral ensemble performs a miniature but effective “St. Matthew Passion” by J.S. Bach.

By  |  01:43 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 AM ET, 03/21/2011

‘Beethoven Project’ comes on too strong

Yuliya Gorenman completes a four-year marathon of Beethoven piano sonatas.

By  |  01:28 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Music review: High-class experimentalism from League of the Unsound Sound

League of the Unsound Sound

By — Stephen Brookes  |  01:11 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Links: The NSO and India (again); NHK and reviewing after crisis

Links to reviews of the NSO and Japan’s NHK orchestra invite, among other things, discussion of the role of criticism after crisis: should the NHK get a pass due to what’s happening in their country?

By Anne Midgette  |  12:54 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Review: Cuarteto Latinoamericano at the Wolf Trap Barns

Cuarteto Latinoamericano charms at Wolf Trap

By — Stephen Brookes  |  12:19 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Links: review roundup

A roundup of reviews in the Washington Post from the past few days.

By Anne Midgette  |  07:05 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Yakov Kreizberg RIP

The 51-year-old Russian-born conductor dies at home in Monte Carlo after a long illness.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Can the Kennedy Center push classical music beyond its limits?

By Anne Midgette  |  07:37 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/08/2011

KenCen, NSO announce 2011-12

The music of Vienna, Budapest and Prague is the focus of any normal classical season - this year, it gets a festival of its own at the Kennedy Center

By Anne Midgette  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Links: The Kissin review and more

A roundup of classical music reviews in today’s Washington Post, including the Evgeny Kissin review so many people have been asking about.

By Anne Midgette  |  08:12 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Apres Carmen, le deluge?

An addendum to Saturday’s article on “Carmen in 3D” - opera on film isn’t sure whether it wants to break free of the opera house or reassert the primacy of the theater.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/07/2011

Links: Lou Harrison, Brooklyn Rider reviews

Links to reviews of Lou Harrison, Brooklyn Rider, Carmen in 3D, and more.

By Anne Midgette and Evan Tucker  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/04/2011

NSO crosses over with Hussain “India” concert

My review of the NSO’s first “India” concert leads to the question of what makes an orchestra’s crossover attempts successful.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Link: second “Butterfly” cast

A link to Anne Midgette’s review of the second cast of “Madama Butterfly” at WNO

By Anne Midgette  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Links: second "Butterfly" cast

A link to my review of the second cast of WNO's "Madama Butterfly," with Ana Maria Martinez.

By Anne Midgette  |  08:57 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Washington, opera

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Link: Eugene Fodor obituary

A link to the obituary of the violinist Eugene Fodor, silver medalist in the Tchaikovsky competition, whose career later nosedived to a drug bust.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  06:47 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Washington

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Levine cancels appearances, steps down in Boston

James Levine cancels his upcoming appearances with the BSO; the BSO subsequently pulls the plug and announces he will step down as music director in September, 2011. But Peter Serkin will play with the orchestra in Washington.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:35 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  national, news, opera

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/02/2011

BSO does strong woman number in 2011-12

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces a 2011-12 season with a focus on that most delicate flower of the classical music field: women.

By Anne Midgette  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  national, news

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 03/01/2011

DSO: Too little, too late?

The Detroit Symphony musicians now say they'll go back to work after all, without a contract. Does the orchestra have any hopes of rebuilding - and how can it demonstrate its vitality to a struggling American city?

By Anne Midgette  |  03:41 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  national, news, random musings

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Links: Flórez, Hahn, City Choir and Chinese orchestra

Links to reviews of Juan Diego Flórez, Hilary Hahn, the City Choir of Washington and the Anhui Traditional Chinese Orchestra.

By various critics  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Washington

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Glass houses: Philip Glass founds new contemporary festival

The famed composer founds a contemporary music festival — yes, another one.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:41 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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