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Classical Rock Stars

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

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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Storm Warnings: Notes on Ades’ Opera and Alisa Weilerstein

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

alisa weilerstein By Jay Nordlinger Philip Glass and John Adams are the most famous living classical composers (if you don’t count John Williams). Who would be next? Possibly Thomas Adès, the Brit. His opera The Tempest is maybe the most acclaimed opera of recent years. And it has been playing at the Metropolitan Opera. The composer himself [&hellip
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Classical Season’s Greetings

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

Netrebko in Donizetti’s Elixir AN ‘ELIXIR’ WITHOUT FIZZ AND A MODEL ‘CARMINA BURANA’ The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2012-13 season with a new production of The Elixir of Love, Donizetti’s offbeat romantic comedy. For 20 years, the Met had a production by John Copley: goofy, whimsical, endearing—like The Elixir of Love. It looked like an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day card. At the [&hellip
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Pianists and Piano Pieces at Mannes College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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