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Weekend links: Eschenbach two ways, BSO’s Verdi Requiem, and more

A wrap-up of recent classical music reviews in the Washington Post.

Eschenbach’s final program of his first season included the American premiere of a co-commissioned violin concerto by Augusta Read Thomas. I reviewed the opening on Thursday night, as well as Eschenbach’s chamber-music appearance on the Millennium Stage on Saturday evening along with the concerto’s soloist, Jennifer Koh.

Robert Battey reviewed Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the Verdi Requiem. (Tim Smith also weighed in in the Baltimore Sun.)

Charles T. Downey attended the first night of the June chamber music festival at the Kreeger Museum (continues June 14 and 17).

Recent CD reviews: Tom Huizenga listens to Krystian Zimerman’s performance of music by the little-known Grazyna Bacewicz. And Mark J. Estren evaluated two new CDs of Strauss operettas.

And an older review that was hard to find on the Post’s website: Charles T. Downey heard the gifted Joel Fan play a smart but uneven concert last weekend at the National Gallery of Art.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.


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