Month: September 2005
Colin Davis Opens Great Performers Series With the Verdi Requiem
Beito and Madame Butterfly in Berlin
Entranced by a heartbreakingly magical Verdi
The Very Best of Thomas Hampson
The Very Best of Thomas Hampson is an excellent selection on CD of Hampsonís recordings from various points in his career. The American baritone is one of the international stars of classical music for both his roles on the opera stage and his work as a recitalist.
SCHNEITZHOEFFER: La Sylphide
This is one of the most enchanting and lovely ballet performances that I have ever seen, and believe me I have seen quite a few! First performed in Paris on May 12, 1832, La Sylphide marks the advent of Romanticism in ballet.
BACH: Cantatas, Vol. 8
On Christmas 1999, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists with conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner set out on one of the most unusual musical tours ever undertaken.
BACH: Cantatas, Vol. 6
J. S. Bachís large output of church cantatas and their prominence in his duties as Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig have made them central to our modern understanding of Bach.
Trouble at the Volksoper
New World Symphony
By Russell Platt [The Nation, 3 October 2005] Classical music in America, we are frequently told, is in its death throes: its orchestras bled dry by expensive guest soloists and…