Jonathan Blumhofer

Sep 202017
Classical CD Reviews: Pianist Andrew Cooperstock plays Leonard Bernstein and Humperdinck’s "Hänsel und Gretel"

If there’s an essential “Leonard Bernstein at 100” album, this one, so far, is it: excellent performances of relatively unknown music deserving to be heard.

Sep 132017
Commentary: 2017-18 Orchestral, Opera, and New Music Season Preview

Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.

Aug 282017
CD Reviews: Joshua Bell’s Classical Collection; the Baltic Chamber Orchestra plays Shostakovich and Strauss

The Classical Collection proves that violinist Joshua Bell is only now entering his prime; the Baltic Chamber Orchestra serves up a grim and underwhelming disc.

Jul 112017
Classical CD Reviews: Semyon Bychkov conducts Franz Schmidt and Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mendelssohn Symphonies

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin does dazzlingly right by the symphonies of Mendelssohn.