Sunday 21 October 2018

John Axelrod celebrates Berstein's Centennial with the Prague Radio Symphony

Great enthusiasm for the opening concert of the Prague Symphony Orchestra season which saw John Axelrod celebrate Leonard Bernstein's Anniversary with the Chichester Psalms alongside Mahler's 4th Symphony: "John Axelrod showed a deep understanding of the composing world of both: in Mahler's Fourth Symphony he brought out the sweet and bizarre aspects, the intensity and unpredictability of the contrasts were never exaggerated, maintaining the pastoral tone; he then made Bernstein's Chichester Psalms distinctive in their deep emotion and external enchantment" writes Petr Veber on KlasikaPlus.cz

Friday 19 October 2018

Claus Peter Flor is back to the Dallas Symphony

Amazing success for M. Claus Peter Flor on the occasion of his return to the podium of the Dallas Symphony of which he was guest principal conductor eight years ago. Scott Cantrell on the Dallas Morning News wrote: "Claus Peter Flor hasn't lost his magic. Returning to lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after an eight-year absence, in a program of Wagner and Strauss, the German conductor once again demonstrated a visceral grip on musical tension and fastidious control of dynamics. Imparting never-ending urgency, it shaped crescendos and decrescendos, controlled balances and signaled important entrances. [...] In Death and Transfiguration, Flor's meticulous control of dynamics, over an enormous range, was amazing. From hushed opening lappings of strings, solemnly punctuated by timpani, to shattering climaxes, everything was gauged and balanced just so. But the effect felt wholly organic — indeed, inevitable — never contrived."

Monday 24 September 2018

John Axelrod debuts with Filarmonica della Scala

On Monday 24/09 John Axelrod will make his own debut with the Filarmonica della Scala, with a concert mainly dedicated to Bernstein, celebrating 100th birthday of the composer with whom John Axelrod has studied. In the program, also a few works by Berio, including the Sinfonia for voices and instruments performed by The Swingles.
The concert will be live broadcasted on Radio3 Rai

Sunday 23 September 2018

Debut at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

On Sunday 23/09 the Quartetto di Cremona will make its own debut at the prestigious Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, in occasion of an event dedicated to chamber music.
The Quartetto di Cremona will perform Schubert String Quintet with cellist Eckart Runge, with whom they have just completed a brand new recording dedicated to Schubert.
Th double CD will be released by Audite in Spring 2019.

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Stanislav Kochanovsky and Enrico Dindo at MITO Festival

Tuesday 18/09 in Torino and Wednesday 19/09 in Milan, Stanislav Kochanovsky and Enrico Dindo will perform together in two concerts for MITO Festival 2018. The audience will have the cahnce to listen to the Italian premiere of "Azul" by Osvaldo Goljiov, a work for cello and orchestra inspired to baroque music. On stage with Maestro Kochanovsky and Maestro Dindo, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai di Torino.
More details at the link.

Sunday 16 September 2018

Claus Peter Flor conducts LaVerdi at Teatro alla Scala

Following the tradition, the opening concert of LaVerdi's new season will be held at Teatro alla Scala on Sunday 16 September, conducted this year by Claus Peter Flor, musical director of the orchestra since June 2017. The program will include Beethoven Piano Concerto n.5 "Emperor" (soloist Enrico Pace) and Mahler Simphony n.1 "Titan".

http://www.laverdi.org/en/events/2018%20-%202019/laverdi-alla-scala

Monday 10 September 2018

new CD release of Andrea Lucchesini

DIALOGUES | Andrea Lucchesini, Piano

Scarlatti and Berio, Schubert and Widmann: A dialogue between classical and modern.
to be released on September 7th. PreOrder and trailer available on https://play.audite.de/dialogues

Berio’s references to Scarlatti and Widmann’s homage to Schubert are contrasted with original compositions of the two earlier composers, weaving both original and reference into a new whole. This juxtaposition brings to light innovations and divergences as well as a continuation of and indebtedness to the past – fertile terrain for exciting discoveries!

Friday 31 August 2018

Japanese Summer for John Axelrod

While waiting for the next intense concerts' season, John Axelrod will be conducting quite often in Japan during the summer.
After beeing invited by Valery Gergiev as Principal Conductor at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, with concerts mainly dedicated to Mahler and Bernstein, on 31 August John Axelrod will be conducting the prestigious NHKSO in Tokyo with a program mostly dedicated to Bernstein, Axelrod's former professor.
More infos at the link.

Sunday 29 July 2018

Stanislav Kochanovsky in Saint Petersburg and Verbier

An intense summer for Stanislav Kochanovsky, who recently conducted two opera productions ("Madama Butterfly" and "Boris Godunov") at the "Stars of the White Night Festival" in Saint Petersburg. 
More over, following his successful debut in 2017 with "Eugene Onegin", Maestro Kochanovsky will be back to the Verbier Festival. In the 2018 edition, which is marking the 25th anniversary of the Festival, Stanislav Kochanovsky will be conducting a symphonic concert (Sunday 29/07, with Mikhail Pletnev and Lucas Debargue at the piano) and "Rigoletto" (Sunday 05/08) with the young artists of the Verbier Festival Academy. 

https://www.verbierfestival.com/concert/dim-29-juillet-19h00/
https://www.verbierfestival.com/concert/dim-05-aot-14h30/

Friday 27 July 2018

Daniel Smith conducts Barbiere di Siviglia in Genova

Among the Summer Season events organised by Teatro Carlo Felice in the fascinating Porto Antico in Genova, on Friday 27 and Sunday 29 two performances of Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" conducted by Daniel Smith.
Principal Guest Conductor at the operahouse in Genova, for this production Daniel Smith decided to donate his own fee to the theatre wishing to support all the activities dedicated to young artists.
More over, Maestro Smith will open the 2018/2019 Season at Teatro Carlo Felice, conducting "An American in Paris(12-21 October).
http://www.carlofelicegenova.it/2018/05/30/il-barbiere-di-siviglia-ti-porto-allopera/
http://www.carlofelicegenova.it/2018/07/02/an-american-in-paris/

 

Friday 29 June 2018

Tito Cecccherini at La Fenice in Venice

On Friday 29 June, Giorgio Battistelli's opera "Riccardo III" is performed for the first time in Italy at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. This premiere will be conducted by Tito Ceccherini, one of the most appreciated orchestra conductors on an international level, especially in the '900 and contemporary repertoire. The production is directed by Robert Carsen.

The work is inspired by Shakespeare's character of Richard III, who takes on dramatic and ironic features in the composer's score. According to Tito Ceccherini, "Giorgio Battistelli is a composer who – in particular in his theatre works – is able to use a wide variety of means with great ductility, fantasy and naturalness. In such a complex work as this, in which Shakespeare’s text has been rigorously adapted, this ductility proves to be extremely useful and prolific [...]".

Ricccardo III will be staged in Venice for five evenings and the performance on Tuesday, July 3 at 19.00 will be broadcast live on Rai Radio3.

Thursday 28 June 2018

Breaking news! JOHN AXELROD conducts the BR Symphonieorchester

JOHN AXELROD conducts this week the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunks:

June 28 & 29
Barber – Adagio
Stravinsky – Chant Funébre Op. 5
Shostakovich – Symphony N. 13

As Music and Artistic Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, John Axelrod has achieved an impressive success especially with his interpretations of Mahler, Shostakovich, Brahms and Bernstein Symphonies:

Historic Shostakovich of the ROSS
Shostakovich's interpretation of Leningrad was truly historic. Axelrod's direction proved to be very expert and intense, offering an accurate play of contrasts between the orchestral mass and more chamber music, and printing a character of expressive crescendo throughout the symphony.