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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Colin and Eric Jacobsen: Collaboration in Brooklyn Rider and The Knights

                 This pair of brothers is pioneering a unique dimension of artistic collaboration with both The Knights and Brooklyn Rider, and through their quest for creative expression, redefine the method and meaning of classical and chamber music performance. Photo: Sarah Small – Colin(right) and Eric Jacobsen Colin (violin) and Eric (cello) Jacobsen took inspiration for their quartet, Brooklyn Rider, from Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), an early 20th century artistic alliance promoting modernist art...
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Orchester Jakobsplatz – A new Jewish identity finds its expression in music

“I aim to present Jewish Music in a current context, not in its usual depiction as something just related to the Holocaust or categorized as “entartete Kunst” “, explained artistic director Daniel Grossmann, who founded Orchester Jakobsplatz in 2005. Photo: Erol Gurian – Orchester Jakobsplatz Growing up in Germany, as the second generation of Jews being born after World War II, there seems to be a need to find a new relationship to one’s...
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Mischa Maisky and Yuri Bashmet with the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra

Famed Latvian-born, Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky will join the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra with violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet in a United States tour that will include one stop in Toronto, Canada. www.roythomson.com New Yorkers will have the opportunity to hear these virtuosos at their Avery Fisher Hall performance on April 28th, 2012 at 3 pm. Photo: Mischa Maisky and Yuri Bashmet I had the great pleasure of experiencing last summer’s rehearsal and performance...
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First Fiddle: Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of NYC’s Ultimate Band, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

 “Guess who this trunk used to belong to?” asks Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, as he leads me through the backstage rooms and hallways of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; his home away from home, only a New York block away. We are standing in front of a huge antique – or at least old fashioned –weathered-looking black trunk, impressively marked with travel stickers indicating its many different destinations. “…..long history...
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