Evgeny Kissin’s Well-Tempered Departure Published on BlogCritics.com

Pianist Evgeny Kissin, concluding thePerspectives series at Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season – which also celebrated his illustrious pianistic solo debut here 25 years ago – wooed audiences once more with Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2, before taking a previously announced leave of absence from concertizing in the USA. The concert amounted to a farewell observation on the series’ narrative, revealing the artist’s uniquely personal artistic journey. Capture by Simone Massoni    This article was published...
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The Arts Circle – I Am Something, We Are Everything

Elena Baksht is something – again. The Russian pianist, founding director of the Southampton Arts Festival and music educator has now implemented “The Arts Circle,” into New York’s cultural scene. A recital evening at the venerable Koscuiszko Foundation on the Upper East Side, featured the inspired pianist with the eminent Italian flutist Mario Carbotta, in a program titled A poetic journey from Prokofiev to Fellini and Kundalini. The connection between both musicians had been made through...
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Between Fire and Ice – Adrienne Haan brings new energy to Cabaret at Café Sabarsky

(All photo credits: Rob Klein) Adrienne Haan’s diabolical Weimar Berlin Cabaret “Between Fire and Ice” was a great fit for the unique Cabaret series at Café Sabarsky, which is primarily devoted to German and Austrian music of the 1890s to 1930s. The Viennese-style café in the Neue Galerie, named after the museum’s co-founder Serge Sabarsky, and outfitted with Josef Hoffman sconces, Adolf Loos bentwood chairs, and Otto Wagner fabrics serves specialty Austrian fare and...
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Bridging Music and Poetry – Mohammed Fairouz and David Handler at Le Poisson Rouge

photos and article by Ilona Oltuski – GetClassical.org   The newly launched series, Return to Language, which seeks to imaginatively blend text and music into an amalgamate of artistic substance, provided a perfect opportunity for a special presentation featuring Le Poisson Rouge’s own David Handler and American-Arab composer Mohammed Fairouz. Fairouz’s January 2015 release of Follow, Poet on Deutsche Grammophon marks the artist’s debut on the yellow power label – excellent timing for a...
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International flavor with Czech tradition

SubCulture, the intimate downtown performance venue, has established itself as an outlet for world-class performances. They have programmed these performances in collaboration with the greater Institutions of the classical world like the 92Y, and the New York Philharmonic. Yesterday’s evening with the Smetana Trio, jointly presented by SubCulture and the 92Y, brought musical mastery and international flavor to the local scene at Subculture, with their world-class representation of a wide variety of Czech composers....
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Pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine – modernist Cuban idiom and Russian virtuosity in New York

Currently featured in no less than seven all-Rachmaninoff piano recitals at the renowned Carnegie Series at the Nyack library, three of them still to be heard, Russian-American pianist, Alexandre Moutouzkine, does not fail to impress with his crystal clear melodic sense of line, sensitive expressiveness, and powerful pianistic facility.  This week at Merkin Hall, Moutouzkine gave a sampler of his take on Rachmaninoff in the first half of his recital, exploring the romantic resonance...
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Evgeny Kissin feiert das Erbe jüdischer Kultur in Musik und Dichtung

Als Charles Krauthammer, der langjährige Kolumnist der Washington Post und Mitbegründer von ‘Pro Musica Hebraica’, der Organisation, die an diesem Abend als Gastgeber fungierte, Evgeny Kissin bei dessen jüngsten Konzert in Washington vorstellte, war es von Anfang an klar, dass es sich bei diesem Abend um etwas Besonderes handeln würde. Foto: Margot Schulman “Dem heutigen Konzert kommt gerade deshalb ein besonderes Gewicht zu, da Mr. Kissin am 7. Dezember 2013 die israelische Staatsbürgerschaft angenommen...
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Yefim Bronfman und Freunde treten mit dem Publikum bei ‘SubCulture’ in ‘Contact!’

’CONTACT!’ bei ’SubCulture’ –Bildnachweis: Chris Lee Etwas Elektrisierendes lag am 13. Januar im leicht überhitzten Kellerraum bei SubCulture in der Luft. Das Publikum war mit Presseleuten, Konzertorganisatoren und Künstlern vollgepackt, einschließlich dem Maestro des ‘New York Philharmonic’ Alan Gilbert und der künstlerischen Leiterin des ‘92nd Street Y’ Hanna Arie-Gaifman, den Koproduzenten der zeitgenössischen Musikkonzertreihe CONTACT! bei ‘SubCulture’. Erst vor ein paar Monaten eröffnet, brummte der Veranstaltungsort, der Steve und Marc Kaplan zusammen gehört, fühlbar...
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Yefim Bronfman and Friends make Contact! with the audience at SubCulture

CONTACT! at SubCulture – photo credit: Chris Lee Something electrifying was in the air at the slightly overheated underground space at SubCulture on January 13th. The audience was brimming with press, concert-organizers, and artists, including the New York Philharmonic’s Maestro Alan Gilbert and Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y Hanna Arie-Gaifman, co-producers of the contemporary music concert series CONTACT! at SubCulture. Having only opened a couple of months ago, the venue, co-owned by...
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New York International Piano Competition goes SubCulture

Photo: SubCulture  Ryan Jensen On January 9th, SubCulture kicked off the New Year with two New York premieres, performed by former prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition’s recital series, pianists Matthew Graybil and Igor Lovchinsky.  Both pianists delivered a well conceived concert, titled:”Reflections of Walter Piston,” celebrating the work of Harvard’s eminent composer and educator. The competition founders, Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, who performed as one of their own generation’s...
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