Tag Archives: Carnegie Hall

Ensemble ACJW @ Weill Recital Hall

You can catch my full review of last evening’s very enjoyable recital at Classical Source.  ACJW is a chamber ensemble of postgraduate musicians drawn from the program known as The Academy, and is doing for this repertoire what the Verbier Festival does for orchestral music — prtesenting impressive programs with distinctive young talent. If you’re anywhere near Skidmore College or New York City, you should give them a listen.

Harnoncourting Disaster: Vlast from the Past

The estimable Elisabeth Barnette will cover Thursday evening’s Vienna Philharmonic concert at Carnegie Hall for Classical Source. The orchestra (this time with a pretty full string complement) sounds as glorious as ever, despite the “historically [allegedly] authentic” playing techniques demanded by Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt in what sounded like an attempt to ape late 19th century performance practice, but judging from recordings made in the early 20th century was likely way off the mark.

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Hammer of the Gods: Vänskä / Minnesota Orchestra @ Carnegie Hall

Okay, so it wasn’t a hammer, but a sword — and it was only on loan from one of the gods. I’m referring to the weapon which plays a singing role in the final movement of Sibelius’s “Kullervo.” My review of last night’s concert has just gone live at Classical Source.

Mystery Track Revealed

Music & Arts 1213The storm sequence from Richard Strauss‘s Eine Alpensinfonie, Op.64, captured in an aircheck from November 23, 1947. Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. From Volume 1 of Music & Arts’ invaluable The Art of Dimitri Mitropoulos.

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