I recently reviewed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s Symphony Hall appearance for the Chicago Maroon. You can read the review here.
Next up: Gil Shaham plays Bach, due at Symphony Hall this Sunday.
Gonna try a new segment here called “Recapitulation,” a succinct round-up of music news from the past few weeks. And what an eventful past few weeks these have been:
In blog news, the upcoming weeks are jam-packed with performances, especially the beginning of March. Depending on student ticket availability, a review of the CSO’s performances of Mozart’s Requiem may make an appearance on this blog next week. In any case, we’ll be bringing you topical content. Stay tuned!
A complete list of nominees and winners in the classical genre can be found on the Grammy’s website. Looks like I have some listening to catch up on!
On a separate, personal note, I must say I was tickled to see Ken Kiesler and the UMich Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Choir’s recording of Milhaud’s never-before recorded L’Orestie d’Eschyle included in the list of nominees. I performed in an all-state ensemble under Maestro Kiesler’s baton almost exactly a year ago, and his direction and musical insight made an incredible impression on me.
Congrats to winners and nominees alike, and special congratulations to Pierre Boulez, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. More on him on this blog next month, when the CSO continues its birthday celebration for Boulez.
Having to write this really, really sucks.
As everyone on the pulse of Chicago’s artistic community knows by now, WFMT host, Sun-Times journalist, reporter, and author Andrew Patner passed away earlier this week.
Came across a very special clip on YouTube the other day of Shostakovich playing an excerpt from the first movement of his famous Symphony No. 7. This video apparently dates back to the year the siege began, in 1941.
I have a translation of the words in the video, courtesy of a Russian-speaking friend:
Title-card: Two-time laureate of the Stalin Prize, composer Dmitriy Shostakovich
DS: “My Seventh Symphony rose from the events of the year 1941—our fight against fascism, our victory over the enemy. I dedicate my composition to my beloved [birth] city of Leningrad. Right now, I will play an excerpt from the first part of my 7th symphony.”