Peter Oundjian and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra deliver a great album, smartly programmed and played to the hilt. Leonard Bernstein’s live Mahler was often electrifying; this performance, even with some cracked notes and hairy transitions, certainly is.
It is, clearly, a crafty Beethoven remix and the ways John Adams assimilates the older composer’s language into his latest style are fascinating.
This weekend’s concert fires on all cylinders. Don’t miss it.
The nearly 10 year wait for the premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s string quartet Homunculus was worth it.
I make no claims to have listened to everything released in 2016; here are my picks for the top classical recordings of the year.
Liberty’s First Crisis presents reminders that elected officials have always been capable of uncivilized behavior toward their colleagues.
John Adams’ Absolute Jest is a sheer blast of fun, wildly inventive and, at its best, a vertiginous collage.
More composers who followed their own distinctive paths when they incorporated jazz into their piano concertos.
In Available Light , Lucinda Childs’ dancers execute a series of movement phrases which to a viewer may seem simple, but in fact require intense focus and control on the dancers’ part.
What we seem to have here is one of the glories of our democracy in action: the blind leading the oblivious; aping distortions and downright falsehoods about the opera.