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Classical Rock Stars

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Nights with Gustavo Dudamel and Dmitri Hvorostovsky  When Gustavo Dudamel took the stage at Avery Fisher Hall, the crowd screamed and screamed. He is a “rock star,” as everyone says—a rock star of the classical scene. On this night, the Venezuelan conductor led his Los Angeles Philharmonic. They opened with a piece by Claude Vivier, [&hellip
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Rolling Their Own

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Maazel, two composers and others acquit themselves In an early January column, I made some recommendations for the rest of the classical music season. I said that Lorin Maazel would be conducting Don Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera. Some performances were bound to be “great,” others could be “humdrum.” You had to “pick your night [&hellip
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Pianists and Piano Pieces at Mannes College

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Palooza600 In a recent issue, I referred to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival as a “piano-palooza.” Every July, there are some 25 recitals presented at Mannes College, on West 85th Street. The festival is directed by a distinguished pianist and Mannes teacher, Jerome Rose, and his better half, Julie Kedersha. I have often quoted a [&hellip
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Up with Tutus

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Dance, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Up-With-Tutus600 Ballet music—one man’s evolution The older I get, the smarter, wiser and more talented Verdi becomes. Funny how it works that way. When I was about 15, Verdi was basically a purveyor of corny tunes accompanied by oompah-pah. How had he managed to compose that masterly requiem, amid those silly operas? These days, I stand [&hellip
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Patriotism and Fervor: The Philharmonic’s New Yorky Fourth

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tovey The Philharmonic’s New Yorky Fourth The New York Philharmonic gives an annual Fourth of July concert, and this year the orchestra gave it three times. I attended on July 3. As usual, the concert was conducted by a Brit, Bramwell Tovey. He is one suave and talented Brit, too. I have always called him “your [&hellip
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A Wonderful Mozart Piano Concerto at the Philharmonic

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classical3 I once heard Emanuel Ax, the pianist, give a great performance. Google has recalled the specifics: It was in August 2005 at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Ax played Mozart’s Concerto No. 22 in E flat, K. 482. I have now heard Ax give another great performance. It was of the same concerto. This second performance [&hellip
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Pianists Play Concertos in Pairs

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CA-Maria Joao Pires Pianists pires and zacharias play concertos in pairs Two orchestras came to town, each bringing a pianist. The first orchestra to appear was from just down the road, Philadelphia. They played in Carnegie Hall with their chief conductor, Charles Dutoit. And their pianist was Maria João Pires, from Portugal. She is very well-known from recordings, [&hellip
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The Classical Music Season Winds Down… And Dawn (Upshaw)

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Saturday, April 21: It’s good to have an afternoon with Korngold, that neglected, underappreciated composer. City Opera is reviving its 1975 production of Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), possibly the composer’s finest work. Korngold was one of the great child prodigies in the history of music, compared frequently, and by some of the best [&hellip
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Classical Diary

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Friday, March 23: The Prokofiev operas are being performed with ever more frequency, which is good news for Prokofiev, and good news for opera. At the Met tonight we have The Gambler, based on the Dostoevsky novella. The cast is (nearly) all Russian, and is led by the conductor Valery Gergiev, who is Ossetian. (These [&hellip
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Classical Music Diary: Cecilia Bartoli at Carnegie Hall, Verdi at the Met; Levine Conducts Mahler

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Tuesday, Feb. 20: An evening with Cecilia Bartoli is a rollercoaster, and she usually leaves you thrown. The Italian mezzo-soprano is about the most maddening, most infuriating musician in the world–and she is also about the most popular, give or take a tenor or two. Rarely in music has so much vulgarity been so rapturously [&hellip
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