By Daniel Hautzinger
DATE BOOK — The New York Philharmonic starts off the new year swinging, with the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ The Jungle. Here are more premieres promised at major orchestras in North America in early 2017.
By Michael Gray
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amsterdam’s famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by Semyon Bychkov, bespoke its great Mahler legacy with a performance of the Fifth Symphony and a new work by Detlev Glanert on a U.S. tour.
By Bill Rankin
CALGARY – For their subtle concert at the University of Calgary, Toronto’s Gryphon Trio and Canadian soprano Patricia O’Callaghan performed works from various traditions, including classical, pop, and cabaret.
By Richard S. Ginell
DIGITAL REVIEW – Karajan’s second Beethoven cycle, recorded in 1961 and 1962, sold nearly a million LP box sets. Now the DG label is offering the nine symphonies on a single Blu-ray audio disc at a stocking-stuffer price.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – Russian videos of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Glinka operas add greatly to our appreciation of a neglected repertoire, and in some cases imaginative direction adds an appeal that transcends national origins.
By Leslie Kandell
NEW YORK – The future music director of the Philharmonic gave the Lohengrin prelude the deep pleasure of a long exhale and led a rousing take on Tchaikovsky’s Fourth.
Between them, a new viola concerto by Julia Adolphe.
By Charles T. Downey
BALTIMORE – TJ Cole’s clever Double Play, based on calls of the oriole, produced a major league success with a brevity that contrasted to Beethoven’s Ninth as the orchestra under Marin Alsop rounded off its 100th birthday celebration.
By Roy C. Dicks
CHICAGO – Only the fifth U.S. company to stage the massive Les Troyens, the Lyric Opera’s new production with Brandon Jovanovich and Susan Graham offered thrilling moments, but the directorial conception diminished the mythic scale.
By Colin Eatock
TORONTO – Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova isn’t an early-music specialist, or a specialist in anything, really. But she was a first among equals with members of the Italian ensemble Accademia Bizantina.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – Who wouldn’t want to hear what a composer does with this trio of subjects – fabled yarns of Ernest Hemingway, the rural American Gothic portrait by Grant Wood, and the epic film Citizen Kane of Orson Welles?
By Michael Anthony
MINNEAPOLIS – Claudio Puntin’s Aroma, a concerto for clarinets with electronic effects, was introduced by the Minnesota Orchestra, with the composer as soloist. Music director Osmo Vänskä, a clarinetist himself, conducted.