• Pierre Boulez: The Return of The Magus

    This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    Feast your eyes on that beauty above! I’ve been wait­ing to see this appear in the domes­tic mar­ket since a reader pointed me to a list­ing for it at Ama­zon UK a cou­ple months ago. This box is all the record­ings Boulez made for Colum­bia Records, and that includes fine and impor­tant per­for­mances of the core of(…)

  • What I’m Missing

    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Don’t Miss/Can’t Miss

    I can’t make it down to Le Pois­son Rouge tomor­row evening for the Kashkashian/ Piccinini/ Magen CD and Release Con­cert, but you should. The three musi­cians per­form as Tre Voci, and they have a beau­ti­ful new disc on ECM  play­ing music from Debussy, Takemitsu and Gubaidulina. The Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp is excep­tion­ally well(…)

  • From The New World

    This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    My friends at New Ams­ter­dam con­tinue to pro­duce a steady run of con­sis­tently fine, enjoy­able recordings—that’s what we call taste. Out next week is the lat­est from yMu­sic cham­ber ensem­ble: Bal­ance Prob­lems. This is their strongest release yet, with vibrant new pieces from Nico Muhly, Andrew Nor­man, Mark Dan­cigers, Jeremy Turner, Mar­cos Bal­ter, and Timo Andres (you can(…)

  • What I’m Missing

    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Don’t Miss/Can’t Miss

    Can’t get to every­thing, which means that there are plenty of terrific-looking con­certs I would love to see but can’t fit into my sched­ule. But you can go! * Sep­tem­ber 21: Jenny Q. Chai has an album release at Spec­trum for her new record­ing, Life Sketches, Piano Music of Niles Vige­land. A solid, enjoy­able set of pieces.* September(…)

  • Making September Tracks

    Rail Tracks, the pod­cast of the Brook­lyn Rail music sec­tion, is up for Sep­tem­ber: we talk about the com­ing sea­son with Melissa Smey of Miller The­atre, Thomas Craw­ford, the con­duc­tor of the Amer­i­can Clas­si­cal Orches­tra, Limor Tomer at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum, and Elliott Sharp stops in to describe his opera on Wal­ter Benjamin’s last moments(…)

  • The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in…”

    The tow­ers are gone now, reduced to bloody rub­ble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

  • Never Say No to Rameau

    This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    In the There’s Always An Anniver­sary For Some­thing depart­ment, this com­ing Fri­day makrs the 250th year since the death of the great com­poser of the French baroque, Jean-Philippe Rameau. He was a mas­ter­ful, styl­ish opera com­poser and also wrote Trea­tise on Har­mony, which is still infor­ma­tive and rel­e­vant. The clas­si­cal music busi­ness being what it is,(…)

Pierre Boulez: The Return of The Magus

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Con­sumer Reports

Feast your eyes on that beauty above! I’ve been wait­ing to see this appear in the domes­tic mar­ket since a reader pointed me to a list­ing for it at Ama­zon UK a cou­ple months ago. This box is all the record­ings Boulez made for Colum­bia Records, and that includes fine and impor­tant per­for­mances of the core of(…)

What I’m Missing

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Don’t Miss/Can’t Miss

I can’t make it down to Le Pois­son Rouge tomor­row evening for the Kashkashian/ Piccinini/ Magen CD and Release Con­cert, but you should. The three musi­cians per­form as Tre Voci, and they have a beau­ti­ful new disc on ECM  play­ing music from Debussy, Takemitsu and Gubaidulina. The Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp is excep­tion­ally well(…)

From The New World

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Con­sumer Reports

My friends at New Ams­ter­dam con­tinue to pro­duce a steady run of con­sis­tently fine, enjoy­able recordings—that’s what we call taste. Out next week is the lat­est from yMu­sic cham­ber ensem­ble: Bal­ance Prob­lems. This is their strongest release yet, with vibrant new pieces from Nico Muhly, Andrew Nor­man, Mark Dan­cigers, Jeremy Turner, Mar­cos Bal­ter, and Timo Andres (you can(…)

What I’m Missing

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Don’t Miss/Can’t Miss

Can’t get to every­thing, which means that there are plenty of terrific-looking con­certs I would love to see but can’t fit into my sched­ule. But you can go! * Sep­tem­ber 21: Jenny Q. Chai has an album release at Spec­trum for her new record­ing, Life Sketches, Piano Music of Niles Vige­land. A solid, enjoy­able set of pieces.* September(…)

Making September Tracks

Rail Tracks, the pod­cast of the Brook­lyn Rail music sec­tion, is up for Sep­tem­ber: we talk about the com­ing sea­son with Melissa Smey of Miller The­atre, Thomas Craw­ford, the con­duc­tor of the Amer­i­can Clas­si­cal Orches­tra, Limor Tomer at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum, and Elliott Sharp stops in to describe his opera on Wal­ter Benjamin’s last moments(…)

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in…”

The tow­ers are gone now, reduced to bloody rub­ble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Never Say No to Rameau

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Con­sumer Reports

In the There’s Always An Anniver­sary For Some­thing depart­ment, this com­ing Fri­day makrs the 250th year since the death of the great com­poser of the French baroque, Jean-Philippe Rameau. He was a mas­ter­ful, styl­ish opera com­poser and also wrote Trea­tise on Har­mony, which is still infor­ma­tive and rel­e­vant. The clas­si­cal music busi­ness being what it is,(…)

Eternal Cage

Today is John Cage’s birth­day, as it will be for the next sev­eral bil­lion years. His ideas and accom­plish­ments will be eter­nally impor­tant and rel­e­vant. Every­one and their mother (espe­cially this awful book) namechecks 4’33”, but his mag­num opus—at least in my cur­rent view—is Song Books. Below are some moments from the fan­tas­tic per­for­mance Alarm Will(…)

New York Classical Review » Blog Archive » No fear or letup in a packed New York music season from Adams to Weill

New York Clas­si­cal Review » Blog Archive » No fear or letup in a packed New York music sea­son from Adams to Weill http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Rail Tracks, End of Summer Edition

It will be at least a cou­ple more weeks before the Sep­tem­ber Brook­lyn Rail hits the stands, fill the gap with our July-August pod­cast, which fea­tures music we caught at Suoni per il Popolo, a talk with Ohad Tal­mor about his venue SEEDS and his new record, and a great inter­view with the incred­i­ble, and(…)