A bit surprising — that two megastars choose such meat and potatoes repertoire.
The cellist is a member of a tribe of fabulous players/singers who are funny, thoughtful, opinionated, brilliant, and irreverent.
The music swelled as the early universe spun …
MassOpera’s updated version of Die Fledermaus pulls off a major feat.
A freshly thought through, energetically executed Berlioz disc; a lovely album that contains excellent performances of underperformed and unfamiliar repertoire that deserves to be heard and championed; a fine, sometimes inspired account of Respighi.
A trio of fine discs: Leonard Berstein’s music for solo piano, Charlie Chaplin’s songs, and Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s trios.
Benjamin Zander conducts a conspicuously fine Mahler Nine; François-Xavier Roth’s new account of Mahler’s Symphony no. 3 proffers nothing particularly special.
Handel and Haydn Society assembled both a must-hear program and an extraordinary cast of singers.
The fact is, the BSO’s 2019-20 season doesn’t risk enough and lacks a true spirit of adventure.
While the orchestra’s program was almost defiantly canonical, it was played with such lightness and energy that you could forgive its disappointing safeness.