Tuesday 7 February 2017

Stanislav Kochanovsky makes his debut at the Netherlands Opera

After the successes at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Iolanta), the Mariinsky Theatre (Tosca, Evgenij Onegin, Boris Godunov) and at the Zurich Opernhaus (Pique Dame), Stanislav Kochanovsky conducts for the first time at the Dutch National Opera. The opera is Prince Igor staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, an orchestra with which Kochanovsky began a regular collaboration.

Performances on February 7th (18h30), 10th (18h30), 13th (18h30), 17th (18h30), 20th (18h30), 23rd (18h30) and 26th (14h00).

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Quartetto di Cremona in Zurich

After the successful concerts in San Francisco and Santa Monica, the Quartetto di Cremona fly directly to Zurich:

31 January 2017    ZURICH TONHALLE   19:30 Uhr, Kleiner Saal

Quartetto di Cremona
Werner Bärtschi  Klavier

Ludwig van Beethoven   Streichquartett a-Moll op. 132
Ottorino Respighi      Streichquartett D-Dur
Dmitri Schostakowitsch    Klavierquintett op. 5

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Friday 27 January 2017

Tito Ceccherini back at the Capitole de Toulouse

After the great success of Béatrice et Bènedicte that opened this season ("Dès les premières mesures de la célèbre ouverture de cet opéra, le ton est donné. Les cordes virevoltent, brillent, irradiantes d’humour, le son de l’Orchestre du Capitole est chatoyant, charnu, les pupitres sont virtuoses, le rythme est impérieux, dans la fosse Berlioz est bien là. Tito Ceccherini dirige pour la première fois cet ouvrage avec un style incroyable" wrote Robert Pénavayre on Classictoulouse.com), Tito Ceccherini returns at the Théatre du Capitole de Toulouse to conduct Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Performances on: January 27th (20h), January 29th (15h), January 31 (20h), February 3 (20h), February 5 (15h).

Sunday 18 December 2016

Great acclaim for Maxim Emelyanychev in Zurich

Maxim Emelyanychev is getting a huge acclaim, from both the media and the audience, conducting the new Die Entführung aus dem Serail production at the Zurich Opernhaus. Last performances on December 18th and 21st.

« Nun steht ein anderes, jugendlich wirkendes Dirigentengenie vor der Zürcher Spezialformation La Scintilla: Maxim Emelyanychev, 28, Russe. Aber was heisst „steht“? Der schmale Sensibilissimum lebt die Musik vor, zeichnet sie, tänzelnd und taktstocklos, in die Luft, jede Sekunde in Bewegung. Und die Musik vibriert zwischen hauchfeinem Pianissimo und paukengrollendem Dreifach-Forte, vor allem auch in der Vertikalen Mozarts mirakulöse Klangschichtung offenlegend. » Badische Zeitung 09.11.2016

« Difficile de détacher les yeux du chef russe pendant les deux heures et quelques de concert tant il semble traversé par la musique comme par un courant, vital et spontané ... et savamment alimenté par sa formation auprès l'immense Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Il ne s'agit pas de crier avec imprudence et grandiloquence au génie, mais devant cette maestria et cette façon de gambader en liberté dans la musique, on se prend un instant à imaginer, comme ça pour le plaisir, la verve de Mozart dirigeant son œuvre à 26 ans, quasiment au même âge. »  Concert Classic.com, Philippe Carbonnel

Thursday 15 December 2016

John Axelrod conducts the last season's concert of laVerdi

It will be the baton of John Axelrod that conducts the last season's concert of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, with the traditional Christmas Concert, this year dedicated to George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (soloist Giuseppe Albanese) and Porgy and Bess in concert version arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

Three concerts on Thursday 15 (20h30), Saturday 17 (20h00) and Sunday 18 December (16h00).
On Thursday 15th in the Auditorium (18h30), John Axelrod will introduce the concert in a short conference titled: “A Composer of the People, A Concert for the People”.
Here it is a short preview by Mr. Axelrod:

"As always, holidays are for good cheer, and which American composer with rhythm and swing always brings a smile to the face?  Here are two hints:  Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue?  George Gershwin, of course, the composer of the people.  As I wrote in my book, (“The Symphony Orchestra in Crisis”):  Popular music aside, Gershwin was just as serious as any other composer. And his distinctively American sound became global in its appeal. But he also did something no one else at this point was able to do. He spoke to the street. Gershwin is quoted as saying: ‘True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.’

Though this will be in Milano with laVerdi and its wonderful choir, 2016 holidays will be for the people of our time, swinging and singing.  Summertime and the livin' is easy and that rising clarinet in the rhapsody will certainly raise your holiday spirit! I'll be singing too, literally. not just conducting!  Come hear the joy, especially at a moment right now in the world when we all need to be happy a bit more.  We’re on our way!"

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wonderful reviews for the CD Saint Saens with Quartetto di Cremona and Andrea Lucchesini

The most beautiful French piano quintet and string quartet with six Italians glories - Vive l'Italie!  Neue Merker 29.08.2016
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Andrea Lucchesini and the Quartetto Cremona present  this work in a marvelously homogeneous recording. Much of this recording carries Schumann features, mixed with French finesse.    Fono Forum  December 2016
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 Lucchesini plays with brilliant deftness, while the Cremona Quartet demonstrate their trademark combination of Italianate flair and immaculate ensemble.  Sunday Times October 2016

Two chamber works of Camille Saint-Saëns, the Piano quintet and the First String Quartet are vividly performed by the Quartetto di Cremona. The musicians’s Italian temperament is certainly profitable to the Quintet, but pushes a little the more  classical character of the Quartet   Pizzicato November 2016 
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Thursday 10 November 2016

New release: "In War and Peace" - Joyce DiDonato / Il Pomo D'Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev

In War and Peace: Harmony through Music was recorded by Joyce DiDonato with Il Pomo d’Oro under its principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev for Erato. The programme comprises 15 arias divided into two sections: ‘War’ and ‘Peace’. The album also contains three world premiere recordings: a ‘War’ aria from Andromaca by the Neapolitan composer Leonardo Leo (1694-1744), and two ‘Peace’ arias, from the operas Attila and Attilio Regolo, by another Neapolitan, Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774). Available here.

In these days, Joyce DiDonato is on tour with Il Pomo D'Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev in the best concert halls. Tour dates here.