CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland Orchestra has the gift of fire, and we are all about to be the beneficiaries. After the first concert of the orchestra's five-part season finale Thursday night at Severance Hall, it's clear "The Prometheus Project" will be a series of significance, a collection of notable evenings not to be missed. This is no mere run-through of Beethoven's nine symphonies. This is an impassioned and thoughtful consideration of each work on its own terms, a journey intended to spark or rekindle affection for music unknown, forgotten, or under-appreciated. That it's also teaching symphonic structure, Enlightenment thought, and music history only makes it more rewarding. Thus far, too, "The Prometheus Project" also appears to be an occasion to witness music director and project architect Franz Weler-Most at his most engaged. Nothing distant about him here. Fired up like the project's mythological namesake, the conductor plainly has both a vision for each symphony and … [Read more...] about Cleveland Orchestra’s ‘Prometheus Project’ gets off to fiery start: review
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George Li's 'Sensible Route' To Piano Prominence Listen · 3:48 3:48 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/581675147/587502722" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email At 15, George Li won a silver medal the Tchaikovsky Competition. Now, at 22, he's got a new album and plenty of recognition. Simon Fowler/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Simon Fowler/Courtesy of the artist George Li is a young pianist on the rise. At age 10, he gave his first public concert and at 15, he won a silver medal at the revered Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Li recently released his debut album on a major label and has been fielding offers, performing with some of the world's great orchestras. Li is 22 now, and he tells me how his day started out. With a kind of self-confident … [Read more...] about George Li’s ‘Sensible Route’ To Piano Prominence
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Eric Moskowitz Globe Staff November 22, 2013 On Boston Common, parks workers in shirtsleeves strung the last of 30,000 colored lights around a life-sized creche, preparing for the start of the annual Christmas fest. In Braintree, police kept a watchful eye on reindeer that had twice bolted from a live holiday display at the South Shore Shopping Plaza, a new open-air mall in the suburbs.And on Massachusetts Avenue, the proper set that preferred the Boston Symphony’s Friday afternoon performance filed in between the stately columns of Symphony Hall. Upstairs in the library, William Shisler was sitting at his desk, beneath towering shelves of sheet music, when the phone rang.It was his wife in Needham, home with the baby, watching the live broadcast of one of her favorite soaps — until a breaking-news slide and Walter Cronkite’s baritone bumped … [Read more...] about The news hit, a rogue wave: sudden, unthinkable, savage
Since becoming music director of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003, Osmo Vanska has led the ensemble on a pair of demanding musical treks, first recording the complete Beethoven symphonies, then those of his fellow Finn Jean Sibelius. Both multi-year projects were tremendous successes, and now Vanska and company are taking on what might be the most demanding symphonic mountain range of all: the 10 symphonies of Gustav Mahler, each a big, almost emotionally overpowering work full of intensity, darkness, delight, triumph and tragedy. While the orchestra has already committed the composer’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies to posterity, receiving a Grammy nomination this year for the Fifth, there’s no better place to start your own journey up Mount Mahler than with his First Symphony. This weekend affords you that opportunity, as Vanska and the orchestra are preparing to record it next week and are clearly intent upon bringing their “A game” when the microphones are turned … [Read more...] about Review: Minnesota Orchestra shows mastery with Mahler. Ready to record.
4 We review the best classical concerts of the month Jeremy Denk and the Britten Sinfonia jazz up classicism at Milton Court ★★★★☆ By John Allison Jazz night at the Barbican: while Wynton Marsalis was playing the main hall, across at the ancillary Milton Court the Britten Sinfonia and pianist Jeremy Denk were exploring jazz influences on classical music. Under the title of Rhapsody in Blue – what else? — they offered a wide-ranging evening but focused on three very different masterpieces all composed in 1923-4, a fertile time on both sides of the Atlantic. The programme worked towards Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, heard here in its original jazz band orchestration, and it made for a punchy climax. A versatile pianist, Denk even showed how Rachmaninov must have had Gershwin’s closing pages in mind when he composed his own Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Denk supplied nonchalant virtuosity in Stravinsky’s … [Read more...] about Jeremy Denk and the Britten Sinfonia jazz up classicism at Milton Court, plus the best of February’s classical concerts