Maestro John Axelrod conducts the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai on Friday, February 21 at Auditorium di Torino. Program: Gulda's Cello Concerto played by G. Sollima and works by Bernstein, Ellington and Gershwin.
Maestro John Axelrod and the young violist Nils Mönkemeyer will be in concert with Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Sunday, February 16. Program:
Dmitrij Šostakovič Festive Ouverture, in La maggiore, op. 96
Béla Bartók Concerto per viola e orchestra, SZ. 120
Sergej Prokof’ev Sinfonia n. 1, in Re maggiore, op. 25 “Classica”
Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms, per soli, coro e orchestra
Virtuosity in action! Maestro John Axelrod and percussion virtuoso Simone Rubino, together with la Verdi, on Friday 7th and Sunday 9th will perform "Eternal Rhythm", a concert whose program ranges from Romanticism to the present day:
DORMAN Eternal Rhythm
WAGNER Tristan and Isolde (symphonic version)
John Axelrod was awarded the SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA):
"John Axelrod is a highly imaginative and dynamic musician, whose rich musicological background and historical insights combine with intellectual drive and charismatic enthusiasm for people and for life, to get probing, rigorous and richly characterised interpretations. One of John Axelrod’s strengths is the energy he brings to live performances, based on his conviction that each opportunity to make music is a chance to bring about a better world."
“From the moving and intense tearing of the trumpets at the beginning of Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony, John Axelrod made the music breathe by leaning on a superb gradation of the sound planes, which was achieved favorably by the extraordinary orchestral forces . The American conductor knew how to balance the weight of the sections and also concentrated especially on highlighting the prominence of the bass strings. There were details throughout the symphony of his way of working. […] The orchestra responded with complete satisfaction, sounding with dazzling roundness and presence in all its sections. In the very delicate Andantino, for example, the bass strings (yes, again) became real velvet. The Scherzo sounded with the required lightness, with no trace of mannerism, and in the Finale, in which the fortissimo bursts were always under control, the tensions ended up being resolved in a dazzling display (similar to that of the first movement), with a pulse and dynamism that had something of a Furtwänglerian quality. On November 30th, John Axelrod officially ceased to be artistic director of the ROSS. It will be very difficult to find a replacement for his artistic stature.”
Maestro John Axelrod returns on the podium of Filarmonica della Scala on December 9 and 11. Program:
BERNSTEIN Candide, Ouverture and Danze Sinfoniche from West Side Story
DVORAK Sinfonia n°9 in mi min. op.95 “Dal Nuovo Mondo”