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Classical Beat: October, 2011

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Louis Lortie deftly plays Liszt on Library of Congress’s new piano

Lortie’s concert put the instrument through its paces. He offered the second and third books of “Annees de Pelerinage,” the latter being of particular interest, because other than the magical “Les Jeux d’Eaux a la Villa d’Este,” its dour, morose numbers rarely find their way onto recital programs.

By Robert Battey  |  11:38 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Creole Choir of Cuba brings exhiliration to Strathmore

Over time they have fused their Haitian cultural heritage with that of traditional Cuban styles, creating a unique Afro-Cuban blend of music making.

By Cecilia H. Porter  |  11:34 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Pianist Daniil Trifonov’s playing is freakishly brilliant

In short, Trifonov is the physical embodiment of the stereotype of the Russian pianistic virtuoso. And he does a number of things one might find distracting, or annoying. It really doesn’t matter, though, because, as he showed on Saturday night, playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, his playing is also freakishly brilliant.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:26 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Young performers take it “From The Top” at National Gallery of Art

Co-sponsored by the Gallery and by the Washington Performing Arts Society, the episode featured impressive four soloists and a piano trio.

By Robert Battey  |  02:27 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Links: reviews of Gergiev, the Alexandria Symphony, and other weekend fare

Reviews in the Washington Post of Valery Gergiev and Daniil Trifonov at George Mason; the Alexandria Symphony’s impressive season opener, and a small-scale but enjoyable “Don Giovanni.”

By Anne Midgette, Joan Reinthaler and Stephen Brookes  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Link: Storgards, Kremer at NSO

Gidon Kremer returns to the National Symphony Orchestra for the first time in almost 30 years. Robert Batttey reviews.

By Robert Battey  |  01:59 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Link: Till Fellner at WPAS

Robert Battey reviews the Austrian pianist Till Fellner, who opened the Washington Performing Arts Society season this weekend with a somewhat prosaic performance.

By Robert Battey  |  07:54 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Links: Weekend roundup: Folger, UMD

Reviews of the Folger Consort’s celebration of the King James Bible and the UMD Symphony’s exploration of less-known paths.

By Charles T. Downey and Evan Tucker  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Link: Tod Machover and the music museum of the future

A conversation with the guru of computers and music, the composer Tod Machover, about music museums in the 21st century and the intersection of technology and art.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:58 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 10/01/2011

Placido Domingo and questions of bias

A letter from Placido Domingo to the editor of the Washington Post elicits my response: why I admire this fine artist at his best, why I call him out when he fails to give it, and why I am not the only critic who is tough on his conducting.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:46 AM ET, 10/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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