Bernstein centennial begins

Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 was the major undertaking at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s concerts of May 3, 5 and 6, 2017. Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the piece as a prelude to a year-long celebration of Bernstein’s centenary. (He was born on August 25, 1918.)

Bernstein began writing the piece in the summer of 1939, right after his graduation from Harvard at the …

Yannick’s busy schedule

While devoting increased time to the Metropolitan Opera where he will become Music Director in 2020, Yannick Nézet-Séguin maintained a busy schedule with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the winter and spring of 2017. He emphatically showed his capability for dashing back and forth between New York and Philly. It is, after all, just an hour-and-a-half journey by car.

He has …

Mozart’s Idomeneo from the Met Opera in HD

Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Metropolitan Opera, 2017.
 

Mozart’s Idomeneo is a landmark opera and deserves the effort that James Levine has put into its revival. Even though it lacks the fire of Don Giovanni and the heart of Nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo is a significant achievement by a 25…

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