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Concert Review: Four Nations Ensemble and Sherezade Panthaki – ‘Fête Galante’ (NYC, 17 May 2018)

Fête Galante: The Anatomy of Melancholy with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and the Four Nations Ensemble with illustrated talks by Tav Holmes at the Italian Academy in New York on May 17, 2018. (COPYRIGHT: Benjamin Chasteen for ASPECT Foundation for Music & Arts)

The music of the Fête Galante-era composers like Jean-Marie Leclair counteracted the grand style of their predecessors, just as Watteau's paintings of regular people enjoying simple pleasures in the outdoors contrasted with the heavy subject matter of the art he'd grown up with.

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Exclusive Interview: Cellist Julian Schwarz on Joachim Stutschewsky and 20th-Century Jewish Music

Cellist Julian Schwarz

"With the rise of worldwide anti-Semitism, it has been difficult for me to program Jewish works. I remember a certain recital when I was asked to remove a suite of pieces by Ernest Bloch for fear of audience distaste."

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Concert Review: Tenet – ‘Music of the Trouvères’ (NYC, 11 May 2018)

trouveres

The contemporary folk music scene and the Early Music scene intersect more than you might think. The Early Music ensemble Tenet proved it decisively with this program, demonstrating such sublime musicianship that I hope they preserve it for future concerts and in a recording studio.

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Concert and CD Review: Trio Vitruvi – U.S. Debut and Album Release (Carnegie Hall, NYC, 17 April 2018)

Trio Vitruvi

The young Danish piano trio makes a smashing U.S. concert debut upon the release of their first album, with music by Schubert, Shostakovich, and Dvořák.

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New Enthusiasm for Eurythmy: Gabrielle Armenier Moves to Illuminate the Human Experience and Creative Process  

Eurythmy produces a performing experience unlike many others; it lures you in to new shores, perhaps a bit like the song of the sirens once captured Odysseus.

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