Nov 162012
Fuse Concert Review: Kirill Gerstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Adés

With “In Seven Days,” Thomas Adés seems to have developed a musical language that’s complex yet not forbidding: there’s no sense that his music is weighed down by expectations of the past, even as he freely refers to archaic compositional forms.

Apr 012012
Arts Fuse Review: An Evening with Kirill Gerstein at Berklee or, The Jazz Piano Concerto, Part 2.5

Like other great artists –- Martha Argerich and Steve Lacy come to mind right away — pianist Kirill Gerstein approaches every note with a sense of how important that note is in relation to every one that has come before and every one that is to come after.

Aug 012010
Culture Vulture: Three Russian Warhorses Strut Their Stuff

By Helen Epstein July 30 featured a Russian warhorse program at Tanglewood: Glinka’s “Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila”; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, and Prokofiev’s Music from the ballet Romeo and Juliet. These are familiar (some might [...]