By Heidi Waleson
NEW YORK – Many aspects of Anna Caterina Antonacci’s special artistry were on display during her recital of French, Italian, and English repertoire with the fine American pianist Donald Sulzen at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
By John Fleming
NEW YORK – The two-day Festival 2018 presented ten contemporary works, including three world premieres, by six Japanese composers in Victor Borge Hall. The music was by turns playful, dreamlike, intense, and exhilarating.
By Paul E. Robinson
DIGITAL REVIEW – Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Bergen Philharmonic in three works by Ralph Vaughan Williams: a symphony that isn’t a symphony, a double-piano concerto, and songs set to texts by his second wife.
By Mark Kanny
PITTSBURGH – In a Pittsburgh Opera premiere, Douglas J. Cuomo’s Ashes & Snow, featuring tenor Eric Ferring, brings a stylistically eclectic language of jazz, rock, and electronics to poetry set by Schubert in his song cycle.
By Arthur Kaptainis
MONTREAL – A new concerto commissioned and performed by Ali Kian Yazdanfar, who is principal bass of the Montreal Symphony, comes from Tehran-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran. It is inspired by poetry of a Persian mystic.
By Anne E. Johnson
NEW YORK – When reality becomes so unraveled that the brain processes it as gibberish, poetic nonsense can help give the whole mess a kind of meaning. Composer Daniel Thomas Davis’ new chamber opera delivers Gertrude Stein.
By Richard S. Ginell
LOS ANGELES ‒ Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, and Leila Josefowicz gave stellar performances as soloists in Esa-Pekka Salonen’s cello, piano, and violin concertos under his baton with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
By Barbara Jepson
MIAMI BEACH – Free live simulcasts that beam concerts to an adjoining park are but part of the mix at the New World Symphony, where leaders are thinking in fresh ways about invitation, access, penetration, and relevance.