The music swelled as the early universe spun …
A Far Cry
A triumphant disc from A Far Cry, some fresh thinking from Giuseppe Sinopoli and the Israel Philharmonic, and Thomas Hampson, a great purveyor of American song, focuses on Chicago.
This is a sound I’ve never heard before at a chamber concert: over twenty musicians breathing in unison.
A line-up of concerts, performances, and recordings that, as 2017 draws to its close, I can’t, for one reason or many, shake from my memory.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.
Sometimes new music isn’t really new and old music isn’t actually old; the best of it exists on some other plane entirely.
In the six years I’ve now been reviewing for the Fuse, I can honestly say that the 2016-17 season looks to be one of the liveliest in recent memory.
One takeaway from the concert: music can be forward-looking and even provocative without being off-putting and ugly.
I look forward to more collaborations between these two ensembles, who were born to make, as they say, really beautiful music together.
So, even though certain pieces by Mendelssohn and Beethoven seem to be turning up with greater frequency than perhaps may be healthy, there is still much to admire and look forward to in the upcoming orchestral season.