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New York Philharmonic – Jaap van Zweden conducts Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony

For his final concert program as New York Philharmonic Music Director, Jaap van Zweden led a sturdy, accurate and well-balanced reading of Mahler’s Symphony No.2, customarily referred to (though not by the composer) as the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. This was the orchestra’s first performance of the work since one led by Alan Gilbert in September 2011 […]

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New York Philharmonic – Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts John Williams’s score for Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The New York Philharmonic concluded this season’s ‘The Art of the Score’ series with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Watching the heartwarming story of the gentle lost alien and Elliott, the troubled 10-year-old boy who befriends him, play out on a huge, high-definition screen while simultaneously hearing the one-hundred plus members of

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New York Philharmonic – Eun Sun Kim conducts Sibelius & Rachmaninoff – Emanuel Ax plays Anders Hillborg’s MAX Concerto

The centerpiece and highlight was Anders Hillborg’s Second Piano Concerto. Premiered last October in San Francisco, conducted by Salonen, the work received its third New York performance with the Philharmonic on this night. It’s skillfully crafted, written for Emanuel Ax, and intended as a multifaceted portrait of the pianist, a longtime friend of the composer,

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New York Philharmonic – Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Farrenc and Dvořák – Bruce Liu plays Rachmaninoff

This concert marked the New York Philharmonic’s 17,000th concert and its first-ever performance of Louise Farrenc’s (nineteenth-century) Overture No.2. Santtu-Matias Rouvali shaped a robust, accomplished account of the French composer’s highly dramatic piece, topped off with an appropriately rousing ending. In a Philharmonic debut, Bruce Liu delivered a glowing rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a

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New York Philharmonic/Santtu-Matias Rouvali  – Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony and Esther Yoo plays Bernstein’s Serenade

The program opened with Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, a concerto-like piece inspired by Plato’s philosophical text, Symposium. Baiba Skride was to have been the soloist, but her withdrawal brought in Esther Yoo. Composed in 1954, the fanciful five-part workdepicts notable men – Aristophanes and Socrates among them – delivering speeches on the nature of love at a 4th-century BC drinking

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New York Philharmonic – Gianandrea Noseda conducts Mozart & Mahler with Golda Schultz & Francesco Piemontesi

Guest Gianandrea Noseda led off with ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?, the grandest of Mozart’s 35 concert arias, a ‘Scene and Rondo’. Golda Schultz’s radiant soprano was bright enough in the vocal part – gently flowing with gorgeous legato in the opening aria, fierce and flexible in the coloratura sections of the rondo, but the

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New York Philharmonic – Norman Huynh conducts Bernard Herrmann’s score for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

The New York Philharmonic continued this season’s ‘The Art of the Score’ series with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a highly stylized exploration of the tragic consequences of obsession and betrayal set in 1950s’ San Francisco and tells the story of John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson, a vertigo-afflicted private detective, and his fatal fixation with the

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New York Philharmonic – Jakub Hrůša conducts Coleridge-Taylor and Bartók – Hilary Hahn plays Prokofiev

Guest Jakub Hrůša led the New York Philharmonic through this mostly dazzling program with flair, opening with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade, a work with a complicated history. Commissioned in 1898 by the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester, the Black British composer’s piece met with success and then fell into oblivion until its recent revival as American

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

The CMS has presented the complete Brandenburg Concertos every holiday season since 1993,  each year in a different order and with different musicians. With seasoned veterans playing alongside younger artists concertizing them for the first time, and a different player taking the lead in each work, a lively chemistry is usually at play, as it

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall – Dvořák, Corigliano, Farrenc & Beethoven

This rich and inventive program, billed ‘Quintet Odyssey’, offered four quintets, each with different instrumentation – none of them the familiar piano quintet formation. Unavoidably late, I missed the seven-minute-long Nocturne by Dvořák. Luckily, I arrived in time for Corigliano’s slightly longer (nine minutes) Soliloquy. Essentially Romantic in style, the bleak and beautiful work is

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