For all the surface-y beauty of the BSO’s playing, it’s a dull interpretation of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 3.
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gave a searing, intense reading of the solo part in Nostalghia (In Memory of Andrei Tarkovskij).
Mitsuko Uchida is quite possibly the finest Mozart pianist around today, at least among non-period specialists.
On paper, at least, the upcoming season of the BSO is a bit of a letdown: cautious, unthreatening, comfortable.
These are troubling times which make us realize how vital music — especially Bach — is to our souls, to our spiritual wellbeing.
This was a stirring, thought-provoking, and, ultimately, moving reading of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony.
Front and center was Andris Nelsons, who, interpretively, seemed more than happy to try on a bunch of different hats.
I make no claims to have listened to everything released in 2016; here are my picks for the top classical recordings of the year.
Picks for the top live classical performances of 2016. Feel free to agree, disagree, add to them, come up with your own list, etc.
The intellectual and emotional intelligence of the docket stands as a conspicuous example of exemplary programmatic creativity.