String Theory 17: 21 String Quartets

The versatile Kreutzer Quartet takes a whirl in the time machine and journeys to Australia for four string quartets composed between 1964 and ‘75.

String Theory 17: 21 String Quartets

The versatile Kreutzer Quartet takes a whirl in the time machine and journeys to Australia for four string quartets composed between 1964 and ‘75.

Après l’artisanat furieux or Post-Boulez

Most of us can only look back and marvel at the mid-century Darmstadt classes, at Boulez’s overlapping tenures with the Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and the creation of IRCAM.

Après l’artisanat furieux or Post-Boulez

Most of us can only look back and marvel at the mid-century Darmstadt classes, at Boulez’s overlapping tenures with the Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and the creation of IRCAM.

Used Bin Troll Tweets P.

The Viennese Cartellieri emerges distinctly as a bridge between Mozart and Beethoven.

Used Bin Troll Tweets P.

The Viennese Cartellieri emerges distinctly as a bridge between Mozart and Beethoven.

Descending

A representation of a composer on the verge of brilliance, this recording is essential and, for now, the only option.

Descending

A representation of a composer on the verge of brilliance, this recording is essential and, for now, the only option.

String Theory 16: 17 Quartets, some with voices, tapes, etc.

After wrestling with Schnittke, the Molinari get into the ring with Gubaidulina.

String Theory 16: 17 Quartets, some with voices, tapes, etc.

After wrestling with Schnittke, the Molinari get into the ring with Gubaidulina.

Cincinnati Rides Tchaikovsky Warhorses to the Big Apple

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s January 6th concert in New York’s Lincoln Center spotlighted two major works by Russia’s pre-eminent Romantic composer in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring his Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Fifth Symphony.

Cincinnati Rides Tchaikovsky Warhorses to the Big Apple

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s January 6th concert in New York’s Lincoln Center spotlighted two major works by Russia’s pre-eminent Romantic composer in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring his Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Fifth Symphony.

Creating in the Moment:
A Q&A with Beth Levin

“A pianist’s work just begins at the opening of the concert. It can’t be wiped away and begun again. For a long time I preferred music to simply fly out to the atmosphere.”

Creating in the Moment:
A Q&A with Beth Levin

“A pianist’s work just begins at the opening of the concert. It can’t be wiped away and begun again. For a long time I preferred music to simply fly out to the atmosphere.”

Feldmania

It feels so stupid to write about late Feldman. Those of us who take up the task can’t help but show off how much of a worthwhile effort it was to submit to the large time span. Let’s admit it, the cult of Feldman is a club where membership is gained through persistent endurance.

Feldmania

It feels so stupid to write about late Feldman. Those of us who take up the task can’t help but show off how much of a worthwhile effort it was to submit to the large time span. Let’s admit it, the cult of Feldman is a club where membership is gained through persistent endurance.

Narrow-Minded Opinionism 1.

Programs where viols accompany singing may allow a few instrumentals to break up the prevailing routine. This superb 2010 disc does the opposite, with Julianne Baird on only eight of the 22 tracks and none of them overexposed.

Narrow-Minded Opinionism 1.

Programs where viols accompany singing may allow a few instrumentals to break up the prevailing routine. This superb 2010 disc does the opposite, with Julianne Baird on only eight of the 22 tracks and none of them overexposed.

Why we don’t do end-of-year lists

We don’t listen to everything. How could we possibly even deign to determine what might be the best of the year if we haven’t heard all of it?

Why we don’t do end-of-year lists

We don’t listen to everything. How could we possibly even deign to determine what might be the best of the year if we haven’t heard all of it?