Wednesday 14 November 2018

Stanislav Kochanovsky debuts in Birmingham and Stockholm

An intense November of important debuts awaits Stanislav Kochanovsky:

  • on November 14 he is on the podium of the City of Birmingham Symphony (Janáček Taras Bulba, Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 with Krylov, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5).
  • on November 28 and 29 he conducts the Stokholm Royal Philharmonic (Borodin Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor, Tobias Broström Cello Concerto (sol. Amalie Stalheim), Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 "Winter Daydreams").
Thursday 8 November 2018

Valentin Uryupin at the LAC in Lugano with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

After the huge success on tour in the UK with the State Academy Svetlanov Orchestra in October (The Rachmaninov Second Symphony was a grand, sweeping account nonetheless, one that showcased the ensemble’s velvety strings and piquant wind and brass. Its slow movement was tender in its restraint, its finale delivered as great swelling waves of music crashing over the enthusiastic audience... scrive the Scotsman), on November 8th Valentin Uryupin makes his debut at the LAC with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana di Lugano.

Program:
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto (sol. Sergej Khachatryan)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony n. 2 "Little Russia"

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Stanislav Kochanovsky

A busy October saw Stanislav Kochanovsky returning on the podium of the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Dublin RTE and the Moscow National Philharmonic.

Here are some comments from the international press:

RTE Dublin
“From the opening notes, Kochanovsky elicited a sharp, crisp tone from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra while keeping the rhythm taut. With blaring brass and fun cross rhythms, Kochanovsky made this a dramatic, lively rendition of this delightful overture…”

“The 12 repetitions of the “War theme” were masterfully graded by Kochanovsky starting with an innocent melody on the flute and finishing with the brass blazing forth in all their glory, a veritable cry of humanity against the horrors of war. The pizzicato at the end was nothing short of brilliant, resonating in the silence that followed.”

“Kochanovsky conceived the second movement as an ironic Scherzo, rejoicing in its unsettling dissonance and typical harmonic changes […] Even the livelier moments possessed a sinister quality […] At times stormy, at other times violent, Kochanovsky ratcheted up the volume and excitement to an almost unbearable pitch before the victorious C major shone out and brought an end to the terrors of war.”
Andrew Larkin, bachtrack

National Orchestra of Belgium

“Kochanovsky maintained a relentless march rhythm with the help of bass and snare drums to the resounding battle cries on low brass, as the woodwinds provided some relief in an interlude […] Oozing with lush lyricism and sensitivity where necessary, as in Romeo’s Variation and Love Dance, the orchestra proved it was also capable of a shrill tone and sharp exchanges in Meeting of Tybalt and Mercutio and The Duel […] Kochanovsky left nothing to chance, and it showed. His meticulous attention to the kaleidoscopic range of orchestral colours and the timbres of the instruments in different combinations bore fruit.
Alan Yu, bachtrack

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.