Herbert Blomstedt conducts a powerful view of Mahler’s valedictory essay, organist Christopher Jacobson’s provides a so-so “Organ” Symphony, and Kirill Petrenko’s initial recording as the chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic is lovely.
A can’t-miss album of Bartók Ballets, Thierry Fischer continues to do right by the symphonies of Saint-Saëns, and a spirited recording of the “last great symphony in the German Romantic tradition.”
Purple is an ambitious, over-the-top endeavor, which feels completely appropriate, given the calamity at hand.
Red Sky Performance’s hold-your-breath physicality provides plenty of “wow factor.”
Mainstay singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Wakeling and the band were in fine form in Lowell, whipping through a hit-laden 90-minute set to an enthusiastic crowd.
Reviews of three superior vocal recordings, featuring baritone Gerald Finley, tenor Ian Bostridge, and baritone Thomas Meglioranza.
But this is an American musical, so political content (and blame for the way things are) must be kept fuzzy, a strategically-calculated myopia.
The national tour of the smash-hit revival retains much of the charm of the original.
The Nightingale serves as both a powerful exploration of the past (from the perspective of the exploited) and a gripping vision of resilience in the face of unfathomable hate, greed, and cruelty.
Chance’s The Big Day beautifully blends authentic passion with superior talent and special guests with star power.