Conducting an Eerie, Political ‘Gospel’
The conductor David Robertson describes a favorite passage from John Adams’s Passion oratorio, which he will lead on Friday at Carnegie Hall.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:56:53 -0500
First Listen: The Knights, 'Azul'
One of the finest, most ravishing, cello concertos so far this century, written for and performed by Yo-Yo Ma, finally receives its debut recording.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400
Fire Walk with Me
This week brings another opera about which we’ve heard a lot but have had few opportunities to see onstage: The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:31:45 +0000
The power of fête
When Italy was united, Verdi—a national icon if ever there was one—was elected to the new parliament in Turin, where he was bored to distraction by the rhetoric of politicians—Italian politicians at that! He spent his time in the Chamber working out fugal subjects based on pols’ speech patterns as they declaimed programs that made a Temistocle Solera libretto seem rational and concise. The first offer to compose a new opera that came his way, from St. Petersburg as it happened, he signed it and ran off. Let them just try to get him back from Russia for a roll […]
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:00:56 +0000
Tales that witness madness
Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann has had a bumpy ride to its pride of position in the current French repertoire.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:55 +0000
The long and winding road
In her debut solo album, Jamie Barton surrounds Gustav Mahler’s staples of the song repertoire, Rückert Lieder, with the less familiar Gypsy Songs of Antonin Dvorák and select songs by Jean Sibelius.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:38 +0000
A Jazz Age Exhibition With a Syncopated Sweep
By incorporating music, immersive wallpapers and a Harlem walking tour, in addition to the decorative arts, the Cooper Hewitt hopes to transport visitors to another era.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:00:28 -0500
A 'Stella' For Springtime, Snowstorms Or Starlight
While the Northeast prepares for the arrival of March snowstorm named Stella, our jazz critic gets a different 'Stella,' one with links to Ella and Miles and Herbie, stuck in his head.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:56:00 -0400
What started as a short-term venture among friends is quickly expanding to a nationally-reaching collaboration between composers and school music programs.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:00:20 +0000
Within six months of starting my new freelance life, things had gone off the rails a little bit. As a result, I’ve found my freelance life to be an exercise in course correction.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:30:50 +0000
“World Music” in the Era of Travel Bans
Now seems like an opportune moment to consider the meaning and relevance of what has been called “world music,” as a global refugee crisis and a rise in nationalistic fervor in Europe, Russia, and the United States newly threatens open cultural exchange.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:00:59 +0000
Pitfalls of Living the Freelance Life
One of the things about being a freelancer is that your time is entirely your own. Sixteen-plus-hour days can come to be commonplace and the concept of “weekend” loses all meaning. Yet without structure, it’s also very easy to slide into laziness.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:30:38 +0000
The Peter Jay Sharp Library, Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027