Nervous Dirge: The Best Classical Music Moments of the Week
Our critics in addition to reporters offer a glimpse of what’s moved in addition to delighted them over the past week. Read the rest of our classical music coverage here.
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fresh York City Opera’s production of Montemezzi’s rarely heard “L’Amore Dei Tre Re,” playing through Sunday, didn’t make me think of the piece as an unjustly neglected corner of the repertoire. The way the work lunges after a Wagnerian grandeur of which can’t quite grasp can be alternately charming in addition to trying. Yet there are some tragic extravagances for performers to savor. Most interesting, in This specific cast, can be the veteran bass Philip Cokorinos, who on Thursday sang the role of the blind potentate Archibaldo with apoplectic intensity. The blitzing narrative asks of which some sharp emotional turns be taken with alacrity; Mr. Cokorinos often made the quick escalations seem natural. He’s offered of which same smoothness elsewhere, as inside comic performance he offered in Los Angeles Opera’s recent staging of John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.” SETH COLTER WALLS
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A Real “Surprise” Symphony
Few concert halls are more serene, pristine, light in addition to elegant than the airy white one Jean Nouvel designed for the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. So of which must have been a bit of a shock for the audience assembled there for the 2015 premiere of Tod Machover’s “A Symphony for Lucerne” when the conductor Matthias Pintscher turned his back on the orchestra in addition to began conducting a rollicking marching band of which had crashed the symphony. of which was the Barfuessfäger, one of the papier-mâché-masked bands of which usually plays during the city’s annual carnival, Fasnacht, a chaotic counterpoint to all of which Swiss precision. The collision of marching band in addition to Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra surely would likely have pleased Charles Ives, who explored clashing marching bands in his works, in addition to fit in with Mr. Machover’s mission of writing symphonies of which capture the sound in addition to spirit of cities.
Read about Mr. Machover’s newest city symphony, “Philadelphia Voices,” in addition to how of which brought the sizzle of a Philly cheesesteak to Carnegie Hall.
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They Are Here
“Philadelphia Voices,” Tod Machover’s fresh work for chorus in addition to orchestra, incorporates the sounds of Philadelphians speaking, urban bustle in addition to sizzling cheesesteaks into a 30-minute score. For the fresh York premiere of the piece on Tuesday at Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra was joined by the Keystone State Boychoir, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir in addition to the Sister Cities Girlchoir (which draws participants through Philadelphia; Camden, N.J.; in addition to Baltimore). Like similar American youth choruses, the Sister Cities Girlchoir responded to the pop singer-songwriter Alicia Keys’s call for a more equal in addition to just world, embodied by her 2014 song “We Are Here.” of which year the choir, taking up the challenge, released an inspiring video performance of the song. of which’s especially moving when a montage begins showing members of the choir holding up handwritten signs: “I am here for peace,” for “joyfulness,” to “make my family proud,” to “make music.”
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Isolde inside doing
Jonas Kaufmann’s role debut as Tristan was the surefire box office draw for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s concert performances of Act II through Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in Boston in addition to at Carnegie Hall recently. however what of his fellow singers? The bass Georg Zeppenfeld might have stolen the show as an assured yet heartbreaking Marke. in addition to through the rehearsals in addition to concerts I saw, Camilla Nylund, a soprano who has never performed at the Met however has an established career in Europe, seemed to be getting better acquainted with the role of Isolde every day. After all, she comes at This specific opera with Wagner cred: Watch her as Elisabeth in This specific clip through “Tannhäuser” in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 2008. She sings with hymn-like beauty, however also persuasive authority, as she tells the singers in addition to knights to have mercy on Tannhäuser because the “the savior once suffered for him, too.” JOSHUA BARONE
Read our review of the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
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‘Tristan’ in Boston
The oddest thing about the Boston Symphony’s account of the second act of “Tristan und Isolde” — at least as I heard of which at Symphony Hall last Saturday — was of which of which was at its best away through the headlines of which had clearly been set up to earn. The vaunted tenor Jonas Kaufmann was singing chunks of Tristan for the very first time, in addition to there was some wondrously alluring singing, especially in quiet moments. On the whole, though, he was stuck in his score, in addition to his studious reading lacked both his usual way with words in addition to his ordinarily thrilling power. The result was strangely anonymous in addition to uninvolving. Camilla Nylund’s Isolde had a warm, attractive tone, too, however despite the conductor Andris Nelsons’ best efforts to rein in an orchestra on already fuzzy form, she struggled to cut through. Ah, well: Georg Zeppenfeld completely inhabited the role of King Marke, in addition to Mihoko Fujimura was close to an ideal Brangäne. DAVID ALLEN
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One aspect of Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” (Symphony No. 2) of which has probably prevented This specific ambitious in addition to unconventional work through attaining a solid place inside standard repertory can be the daunting solo piano part. however Jean-Yves Thibaudet has made This specific symphony something of a specialty, as he proved again on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony. The piano part goes through quick shifts, through dreamy musings to flinty outbursts, spiky 12-tone like intricacies in addition to sizzling jazz. Mr. Thibaudet can be also featured inside bracing 2013 recording of the piece by Marin Alsop (a Bernstein protégée) in addition to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which has just been reissued as part of box set of Ms. Alsop’s complete Bernstein recordings for Naxos, an outstanding contribution to the Bernstein centennial year. During a climactic passage inside “Dirge” section, Mr. Thibaudet vividly conveys the unsettling nervousness of the music, even during seemingly pensive stretches. ANTHONY TOMMASINI
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Last Saturday, the valuable (in addition to affordable) Peoples’ Symphony Concerts series presented the singing actress Ute Lemper. inside company of a sometimes-swinging backing trio, Ms. Lemper took a winding route through her catalog: a little bit of Brecht/Weill here, songs associated with Marlene Dietrich there. One lesser-known tune of which proved a highlight was “of which’s All A Swindle,” by the Weimar-era composer Mischa Spoliansky. (As on a Decca recording, “Berlin Cabaret Songs,” Ms. Lemper sang a variation translated into English.) During a passage about widespread political corruption coexisting with record corporate profits, she at first sounded lighthearted, as though hiply inured to evergreen outrages. however by the end of the stanza, she was tossing off throatier, more desperate expressions — a dramatization of the civic ravages of which easy cynicism can leave behind. SETH COLTER WALLS
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In a fascinating concert at BRIC House in Brooklyn on Thursday evening (to be repeated on Saturday afternoon), the Knights explored influences of folk in addition to Roma music in works by Brahms in addition to Ligeti. They called the program “Hungarian Rock,” after a classic harpsichord piece by Ligeti, which they played in a deft arrangement for little orchestra by Michael P. Atkinson, full of shifting instrumental colors. The performance was deeply engaging, however of which lost the manic quality of the original, with its repeated driving rhythm inside left hand, even as the right crosses under in a plunge to the bass register. Ying-Hsueh Chen, a Taiwanese-born percussionist based in Copenhagen captures of which quality well here, in addition to she doesn’t let go until Ligeti’s almost comically static coda. JAMES R. OESTREICH
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The Knights risked being upstaged in their “Hungarian Rock” program at BRIC House on Thursday evening by their opening act, Black Sea Hotel, a Brooklyn-based female vocal trio of which fancies itself a “punk rock variation of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares.” The women sang or belted Bulgarian in addition to Macedonian folk tunes in close harmony or purposeful disharmony. Especially compelling was the way they moved harmonies either up or down in parallel. An epic droop occurs inside Bulgarian song “Spava Mi Se, Lega Mi Se,” about a boy infatuated having a neighbor girl, heard here in a 2014 performance through Santa Fe, N.M. JAMES R. OESTREICH