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Classical Music Reviews

Richard Goode's Luminous Beethoven Sonatas

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The first week of May turned out to be something of a Beethoven week at Carnegie Hall, as three pianists, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin and Maurizio Pollini performed several of his piano sonatas.

Quietly Impressive Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Last week, a much-awaited musician came to Carnegie Hall to play -- Japanese-born British pianist Mitsuko Uchida. While she is no blazing personality, her fans are numerous and she has a very devout following.

András Schiff Plays Bach at Lincoln Center

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Fifty-nine-year-old Schiff, who always starts his mornings with an hour of Bach (even before breakfast) admitted that the composer probably had no idea anyone would ever play all six of these suites in one concert.

A Streetcar Named Desire, in Opera

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

A Streetcar Named Desire is a dark play -- I thought only the Russians wrote such bleak, depressing things -- but the dreamy beauty of Fleming makes it shine.

Vladimir Jurowski Brings the London Philharmonic to New York

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Vladimir Jurowski, visited Lincoln Center this week with solid success.

Standing for Older Traditions

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Last weekend, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, arguably the most prestigious ensemble in the world, performed three concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall. I attended two of them, on March 2 and March 3, and was surprised by how many Japanese people there were in the most expensive seats.

A Hearty Evening of Brahms and Tchaikovsky

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

I've been hearing this music since the cradle, yet, when played right, it never fails to surprise me with its gems of tenderness. This evening, there were no such surprises. Pretty and attractive music, to be sure, but it's not the same thing as opening up the treasures of your heart.

A Good Reason to Go to Amsterdam

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The First Symphony is probably one of the most often performed works of Mahler since it doesn't take two hours or involve 1000 musicians. But Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. There are two words I always say about them: "Oh wow."

Daniil Trifonov's Carnegie Hall Debut Recital

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

On February 5, twenty-one year old Daniil Trifonov had two monumental milestones in one day -- his Carnegie hall recital debut, and major classical label Deutsche Grammophon recording it live to release as an album later this year.

Justice For Jazz Artists

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 03.23.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

I've been watching the development of the Justice for Jazz Artists (J4JA) movement for a couple of years now. If you haven't heard of this organizat...

Who's Your Favorite Living Composer?

John Mauceri | Posted 11.13.2012 | Arts
John Mauceri

After some prying, we got to an answer. I then asked why this was such a tough question, and why, say, if I had asked this same question 100 years before, there would have been an avalanche of answers.

White Lights of the French Baroque: An Evening of Marc-Antoine Charpentier at Alice Tully Hall

Victoria Martino | Posted 01.06.2013 | Arts
Victoria Martino

The tone of the evening could best be characterized as lugubrious, focusing upon suffering, torture, and martyrdom. The only moments of relief came in the joyful, celebratory choruses of St. Cecilia's spiritual triumph over evil and the father's forgiveness of his prodigal son.

Another Oregon Symphony Album, Another Britten

Brian Horay | Posted 07.16.2012 | Home
Brian Horay

But I'm happy to report my slightly unhealthy relationship with Benjamin Britten is still very much in its honeymoon phase after the band's knockout performance of Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia Monday night.

PHOTOS: Minimalism & The Apocalypse: Haiku Reviews:

Posted 10.11.2011 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

Salonen Brings Hungarian Echoes to the NY Philharmonic

Brad Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Hill

You might expect a program of Hungarian-derived music to be folksy, one-dimensional, or freighted with Liszt, but the final show of the Hungarian Echoes set of four was none of those.

Clap Between Movements: How Classical Music Helps You Score A Date

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

As the headline indicates, the only thing you really have to know about classical music is that a classical music date is a great place to score. So...

Who Is The Greatest Classical Composer Of All Time?

nytimes.com | ANTHONY TOMMASINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

YOU know that a new year has truly arrived when critics stop issuing all those lists of the best films, books, plays, recordings and whatever of the y...

Clap Between Movements: LA, Pasadena & Versailles

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

You'd pay through to the teeth to see a spectacle as grand as this in Europe. Only LA has the nerve to put it on so casually.

The Tokyo String Quartet in Performance at Yale

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ivan Katz

The program was judiciously chosen: Haydn, Beethoven and Bartok. Sprague Hall was, predictably, packed to hear New Haven's longest running audience draw.

Michelle Obama and I Agree: Commit to the Arts in Schools

Michael Tilson Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Tilson Thomas

With state budgets under attack, we in the arts are bracing for a familiar song: whether or not to fund arts in the schools.

A Magical Night of Music and Another Triumph for Toronto: The Grand Opening of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Bronfman

Friday night's grand opening of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall proved that Toronto has truly become one of the world's top cities for the performing arts.

A Great Day for Classical Music: Richard Goode Records Beethoven's Piano Concertos

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

If you're in the mood to hear five of the greater piano concertos ever written --- and if my experience is any guide, it's a very easy mood to slip into --- then Richard Goode's your man.

New York Times Music Editor on a Mission

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jan Herman

The classical music editor of the New York Times takes up his longtime role once again as chief media apologist for the Vienna Philharmonic.