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Dateline: Prades, France, Église Saint Pierre, 9 p.m., August 2, 2015
Led with consummate, discrete elegance by violinist Hagai Shaham, an all-star band of soloists played Brahms' Sextet in G major, Op. 36 with a spontaneous blend of passion, teamwork and virtuosity that paid tribute to the 2015 edition of the Festival Pablo Casals Prades, celebrating its 65th birthday. It was as if the music, and the great Catalan cellist's indomitable…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 3, 2015 at 12:07am
Maestro Paul Freeman, founder of the Chicago Sinfonietta, died on July 21 after years of struggling with various physical ailments, a sinfonietta press release states. He was 79.
Freeman, who founded the orchestra in 1987 and remained at its helm as the music director for 24 years…Continue
Posted by Stephanie Powell on July 30, 2015 at 10:31am
Dateline: Verbier, Switzerland, Salle des Combins, 6 p.m., July 24, 2015
Just as Thomas Quasthoff began conducting the opening measures of the 21-year old Verbier Festival's first ever performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion Friday night, an approaching thunderstorm arrived from over the surrounding high Alps,…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on July 25, 2015 at 7:00am
If you’ve ever wondered what the audition process is like for a professional orchestra, here’s your chance to take a stab at the repertoire and see if you’re up to snuff. In what is typically an undisclosed process, the New York Philharmonic has released its section violin audition packet and made it available to…Continue
Posted by Stephanie Powell on July 21, 2015 at 9:35am
Dateline: Rougemont, Switzerland, Temple de Château-d'Œx, 5:30 p.m., July 19, 2015
As festivals do these days, the 2015 installment of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, founded in 1957 by the man everyone in the famed Alpine resort and surrounding communities calls Lord Menuhin, has a theme intended to provide numerous points of departure to explore and expand classical music's horizons: Irony and…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on July 21, 2015 at 12:30am
Dateline: Lockenhaus, Austria, the Town Hall and the Pfarrkirche, July 15, 2015
Classical music dream teams dominated the day's and night's events Wednesday at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival: Soprano Anne Marie Pammer and violinist Ilya Gringolts; pianists Cristina Barbuti and Alexander Lonquich; the Vallardo-Kelemen-Altstaedt Trio, specially-constituted for the Festival; and the Quatuor…Continue
Posted by Laurence Vittes on July 16, 2015 at 8:09am
Started by André van Haren in Playing May 1.