The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will welcome internationally renowned British composer Thomas Adès to the new position of artistic partner. The appointment is a three-year tenure that will feature him as a composer, conductor, pianist and teacher.
The New Jersey will present Mahler’s First Symphony, Titan, and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, Age of Anxiety in a four show series this March. Music Director Jacques Lacombe will conduct and pianist Kirill Gerstein joins the Orchestra for Bernstein’s masterwork.
They were the words all music-lovers hoped never to hear, though they knew the day was inevitable. Claudio Abbado has passed away. He defied the odds to live a full decade beyond an illness that had looked likely to kill him. In that time, he gave us performance after performance of stunning brilliance.
The first in a new series of conductor interviews finds James Inverne talking Strauss, sonic character and method acting with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's music director.
Simon Rattle is coming home for his 60th birthday, in 2015. And he's bringing his German orchestra with him (a little band called the Berlin Philharmonic, you might have heard of them). Together, they will celebrate the milestone in a week-long joint London residency involving both the Barbican Centre and the Southbank Centre.
There are some, very rare, instances where a recording of a work is so special as to generally be considered--well, definitive is probably the wrong word, as any masterpiece is open to so many interpretations, but at least they are unlikely to be unsurpassed.
Despite its age, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (founded in 1946) has always been alert to innovation (and no doubt that attitude has contributed to its longevity). It was the first major U.K. orchestra to launch its own record label--albeit in a smaller way than today's much more common model, popularized by LSO Live--and one of the first to spearhead a really top-notch education program. And now, it's getting into the app market.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will leave for Russia in November, part of its world tour celebrating the venerable ensemble's 125th anniversary. And one member of the orchestra, viola player Vincent Peters, is urging his band to make a statement about the Russian government's anti-LGBTQ policies.
Vuvuzelas and the ghost of Lajos Kossuth appear, but the Jewish "blood libel" is all but banished in the conductor-composer's long-awaited score.
"I have been thinking incessantly about composing this opera for 25 years now. The Tiszaeszlár Affair becoming a present day hot political issue finally helped me." -- Iván Fischer
The Young Symphonic Orchestra, made up of musicians from the Weimar High School of Music and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, will perform in Jerusalem on October 3.
It's all over in Minnesota, at least as far as their distinguished Finnish conductor is concerned. The thing that many locals had dreaded has come to pass: Osmo Vänskä has resigned as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, effecive immediately.
With the reports that Sir Simon Rattle will be taking over the London Symphony Orchestra will inevitably come a renewed surge of attention around the British maestro. If you only have time or cash for a handful of his recordings, these five--in no particular order--give a fabulous introduction to his art...
Required listening to make the Jewish new year that bit more musical.
WQKR, one of Classcalite's favorite terrestrial stations at 105.9 FM, suggests three recent discs that offer a new spin on the well-worn: Mahler's 'Symphony No. 1' with its Blumine movement in tact; a pair of Mozart pianoforte concerti cut-back for the chamber; and Schumann's stuff transcribed for two trumpets, horn, 'bone and long-suffering tuba player Chuck Daellenbach.