Author Archives: JAMES R. OESTREICH

Review: Roomful of Teeth Stretches for a Piano Premiere

Source: New York Times » Music

The ensemble performed its showpiece, Partita for 8 Voices, in a program that also included the pianist-composer’s Tigran Hamasyan’s “Ser Aravote.”

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Review: Philharmonic Replies to $50 Million With ‘Hallelujah’

Source: New York Times » Music

After announcing an impressive “launch fund” this week, the New York Philharmonic opened a run of Handel’s omnipresent oratorio.

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Critic’s Notebook: Three String Quartets in a Week. One of Them Is Trying New Things.

Source: New York Times » Music

With its fresh programming, the young Aizuri Quartet brought an exciting program to the Met Museum, in a week that also saw Juilliard and Emerson perform.

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Review: Gianandrea Noseda Returns to a New York Philharmonic in Transition

Source: New York Times » Music

After more than a decade away, the Italian conductor led a program including a suite from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh.”

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500 Years Later, the Reformation Is Still Creating Music

Source: New York Times » Music

Our critic used this milestone anniversary of Lutheranism to try to come to terms with Martin Luther the musician.

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Review: A Funky Rethinking of Schubert’s Winter Journey

Source: New York Times » Music

Netia Jones’s staging of Hans Zender’s “composed interpretation” at Mostly Mozart added several layers of concept to the song cycle “Winterreise.”

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Critic’s Notebook: How Brahms’s ‘A German Requiem’ Became an Anthem for Our Time

Source: New York Times » Music

A deeply personal work has been accompanied in recent concerts by reflections on mortality, the planet and the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Critic’s Notebook: Singing ‘Happy 450th Birthday’ to Monteverdi

Source: New York Times » Music

Listen to excerpts from a Versailles performance of the 1610 Vespers, the focus of a performance on Tuesday at Trinity Wall Street.

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Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ Has More Humanity Than Anti-Semitism

Source: New York Times » Music

The “St. John” has been accused of fanning bigotry, but judging from recent performances and recordings, it has much to teach us today.

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Review: The Philharmonic Revisits an Early Triumph of Its Director

Source: New York Times » Music

Alan Gilbert, nearing the end of his tenure as director of the New York Philharmonic, injected some humor in a program of Ligeti and Beethoven.

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