Tag Archives: classical music

Philippe Jaroussky réussira-t-il à ouvrir la musique classique à la diversité?

Source: New York Times » Music

Avec son académie musicale, le contre-ténor français espère ouvrir la musique classique à des milieux plus jeunes et plus divers, à la fois sur scène et dans le public.

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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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Brooding, Cinematic Piano Minimalism From Elias Haddad

Source: New York Music Daily

Pianist Elias Haddad writes dark, pensive, frequently poignant songs without words that draw equally on minimalism and film music, with flickers of the Middle East. You could call him the Lebanese Ludovico Einaudi. Philip Glass is also a major influence. For fun, check out Haddad’s performance in the Jeida Grotto at Mount Lebanon – much as the humidity is doing a number on the piano’s tuning, you can tell how magical the sonics must have been in there that night. His new album Visions is streaming at Spotify. Lucky concertgoers in Ghazir, Lebanon can see him there ...

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Some Great December Shows Reprised This Month

Source: New York Music Daily

Who says December is a slow month for live music in New York? The first three weeks were a nonstop barrage of good shows. And a lot of those artists will be out there this month for you to see.

Last summer, Innov Gnawa played a couple of pretty radical Barbes gigs. With bandleader Hassan Ben Jaafer’s hypnotically slinky sintir bass lute and the chorus of cast-iron qraqab players behind him, they went even further beyond the undulating, shapeshifting, ancient call-and-response of their usual traditional Moroccan repertoire. Those June and July shows both plunged more deeply into the edgy, chromatically-charged ...

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Review: A Nostalgia Trip at the New York Philharmonic

Source: New York Times » Music

While the program of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Haydn, led by the pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, was finely executed, it felt safe and predictable.

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The Pianist of the Resistance Captures a Surprise Award

Source: New York Times » Music

Igor Levit, known for bringing together music old and new — and for his outspoken political views — has been given the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award.

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The Pianist of the Resistance Captures a Surprise Award

Source: New York Times » Music

Igor Levit, known for bringing together music old and new — and for his outspoken political views — has been given the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award.

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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for January and February 2018

Source: New York Music Daily

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

Constant updates. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is ...

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Your Week in Culture: Cardi B’s New Year’s Eve, ‘9-1-1,’ Louise Bourgeois

Source: New York Times » Music

Also the week of Dec. 31: The cellist Alisa Weilerstein at the New York Philharmonic; and the Public’s dependably enticing Under the Radar Festival.

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A Picturesque New Album and a Williamsburg Show From a Classical Piano Adventurer

Source: New York Music Daily

Liza Stepanova’s new album Tones & Colors is not about synesthesia. Instead, the pianist explores the connection between visual art and classical music from across the centuries via an ambitiously vast, meticulously played range of works beginning with Bach and ending in our time with George Crumb. She’s playing the album release show this Jan 6 at 7 PM at National Sawdust; advance tix are $25. Considering that she’s sold out Carnegie Hall in the past, picking up a ticket now wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Stepanova smartly programs the album as she would a concert. It opens with ...

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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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The Momenta Quartet Stage a New Classic of Classical Music for Children

Source: New York Music Daily

How can you tell if a chamber music performance is appropriate for children? By how the kids react, for one. Yesterday morning, the Momenta Quartet’s boisterously amusing multimedia show, The Lost String Quartet – by their violist Stephanie Griffin – kept two busloads of five-year-olds engaged and for the most part equally well-behaved for over an hour. It’s one thing to keep a preschooler close to you, with the occasional reminder to sit still. Two whole posses of them, all surrounded by their fellow crazymakers, completely change the game.

The plot, based on N. M. Bodecker’s now out-of-print 1983 ...

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Review: The Radiant Modesty of Janine Jansen at Carnegie Hall

Source: New York Times » Music

The violinist began a five-concert Perspectives series with a program of chamber music that benefited from her immaculate intensity.

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Finding ‘Hallelujah’: How to Navigate the ‘Messiah’ Landscape

Source: New York Times » Music

Our critics offer a brief guide to the (very) many versions of Handel’s oratorio strewn over the New York music scene each December and how they grew.

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A Powerful, Relevant Performance by the Best Orchestra in New York Not Called the Philharmonic

Source: New York Music Daily

There was a moment at the Greenwich Village Orchestra’s concert Saturday night at the Lincoln Center complex where the bassists got to share a brief, gleefully triumphantly grin. They’d just played the second movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, one of the most viscerally evil pieces of music ever written. It’s also one of the most viscerally thrilling. It doesn’t require the virtuoso technique of the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which the orchestra played with similar passion earlier this year. This was a different kind of adrenaline.

Conductor Barbara Yahr summed it up succinctly beforehand. “The first ...

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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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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for December 2017 and January 2018

Source: New York Music Daily

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

Constant updates. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is ...

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Mirian Conti Goes On a Mission Which Was Impossible Until Recently

Source: New York Music Daily

This past evening in the comfortable, old-world auditorium at the Consulate of Argentina in midtown, Mirian Conti played the first ever North American concert devoted exclusively to the solo piano music of Lalo Schifrin. It could have been a world premiere, although the now 85-year-old Argentine composer has undoubtedly played at least a few solo shows of his own somewhere in the world. Either way, Conti made history with this revelatory performance, especially considering that she was responsible for getting Schifrin to write most of the music.

While Schifrin is no stranger to fans of film scores, he isn’t ...

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