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Music Reviews: Meridian Arts Ensemble – ‘Alchemy’ and Matt Herskowitz Trio with Philippe Quint – ‘Bach XXI’

matt herskowitz philippe quint bach xxi

Two recent albums that do new things with very old music. Read More »

Interview: Pianist Yoonie Han on Interpreting New Compositions ‘Gloriously’ Dedicated to Her

Pianist Yoonie Han

How does a pianist work with living composers as they write new works for her? Find out in this fascinating interview with Yoonie Han. Read More »

Concert Review: Pianist Tania Stavreva – ‘Kaleidoscope Rhythms!’ – Music of Chopin, Mompou, Vladigerov and More (NYC 11/15/15)

tania stavreva

Stavreva champions composers from her native Bulgaria, plays a mean Chopin, and is unafraid to perform her own works of rumbling, percussive intensity. Read More »

Concert Review: Chiara String Quartet and Simone Dinnerstein – Piano Quintets: Brahms and Friedman (NYC Nov. 13)

Simone Dinnerstein. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Jefferson Friedman's sharply modernistic but accessible new 'The Heart Wakes Into' paired nicely with Brahms's Quintet in F minor at the Metropolitan Museum. Read More »

Concert Review: Saint Thomas Choir and Orchestra of St. Luke’s – Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and Haydn’s ‘Missa in Angustiis’ (NYC Nov. 12 2015)

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s performing Mozart Requiem and Haydn Missa in Angustiis at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave. The performance was conducted by Andrew Nethsingha. Photo by Ira Lippke.

Mozart's unearthly achievement with his unfinished 'Requiem' was on glorious display. Read More »

Concert Review: New York Festival of Song – ‘From Russia to Riverside Drive: Rachmaninoff and Friends’ (NYC Nov. 10 2015)

Dina Kuznetsova, photo by Karli Cadel

The Russian composer's long and active residence in New York City makes any celebration here of his work seem exceedingly fitting. With Russian-American soprano Dina Kuznetsova, baritone Shea Owens, and theremin player Dalit Warshaw joining pianist/arranger Steven Blier and pianist Michael Barrett, the NYFOS's tribute was a stellar evening. Read More »

Concert Review: Cappella Pratensis – ‘Josquin in Rome: Missa Ave maris stella’ (NYC, Nov. 8 2015)

Capella Pratensis

We were in the presence of a brilliant musical mind with a timeless sensibility, brought to life by an ensemble of singers who are surely among our time's finest interpreters of Josquin and the other polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries. Read More »

Concert Review: ‘Hommage to Princesse de Polignac’ – Music by Debussy, Satie, Stravinsky, Fauré and More at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC, Nov. 3 2015)

Winnaretta Singer, the Princesse de Polignac

This entertaining, amusing, and artistically rewarding evening evoked the music and the spirit of the Paris salon culture that sponsored and inspired many artists, musicians, and writers of great fame. Read More »

Concert Review: Cellist Inbal Segev – Bach Cello Suites (NYC, Oct. 30, 2015)

Inbal Segev, Photo by Dario Acosta

As the boat rocked – luckily, mostly gently – Segev gave an account of these difficult pieces that was impressive both technically and idiomatically. Read More »

Concert-Cabaret Review: ‘Tehorah’ Featuring Adrienne Haan (NYC, Oct. 29, 2015)

Adrienne Haan

A German chanteuse and German pianist teamed with an Israeli string quartet at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall presenting songs from multiple cultures to celebrate the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations. Read More »