May 25, 2003 |
Schubert: Lieder With Orchestra Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Quasthoff, baritone; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Claudio Abbado, conductor (Deutsche Gramophon) *** 1/2 The interest here lies more in the orchestrations by composers other than Schubert than in the fine live performances of these songs. Schubert sets the standard first off with his limpid scoring of the Romanze from "Rosamunde." Others honor his genius more or less meticulously.
October 18, 2001 |
Before flying to New York to open the Carnegie Hall season on Oct. 3, the Berlin Philharmonic took a vote to see how the members of this famed orchestra felt about travel to the United States. They chose to continue as planned with their American tour, which concluded at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with two concerts Monday and Tuesday nights.
August 19, 2001 |
Standing 6 feet 1, with long blond hair, Keri-Lynn Wilson is no ordinary maestra . Indeed, music is as natural as breathing for the 34-year-old, Winnipeg-born conductor who makes her Hollywood Bowl debut this week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The daughter of a music educator who was also conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra, she studied flute, piano and violin as a child, playing in orchestras since age 8.
April 21, 2001 |
Poppies in Lancaster. The coast aflame in bright splashes of yellow and bold purples. Night-blooming jasmine scenting our evenings. Spring, even in seasonless Southern California, breaks out, awakening us to the great outdoors we take for granted. And Roberto Abbado, who appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the first time Thursday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, might be viewed as the orchestra's spring gift.
May 21, 2000 |
Comparisons are irrelevant when two of the world's great orchestras--some would say the two greatest--reinvestigate Dvorak's ubiquitous "New World" Symphony. It is enough to say that, with ideal transparency, perfect balances and splendid directness, these performances by the Berlin and Concertgebouw ensembles do the beloved work justice. Perhaps Abbado's reading is more outgoing, perhaps Harnoncourt's more probing--it hardly matters: This is as wonderful as the old piece can sound.
October 25, 1998 |
Listening to these suave readings, it is hard to believe that these concertos were ever considered difficult for either fiddlers or public. This is almost a case of playing that is too good to be true to the character of the music. Midori is refined and technically immaculate and Abbado and his Berliners are patrician in support--the resources of this team are truly awesome and everywhere evident.