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The Scene: This Year's Easter Month Features a Fair Bit of Bach, Both Instrumental and Vocal, as Well as Renee Fleming in Apart Written Specially for Her, Some Piano from the Dazzling Yuja Wang and an All-American Mix

Magazine article Gramophone

The Scene: This Year's Easter Month Features a Fair Bit of Bach, Both Instrumental and Vocal, as Well as Renee Fleming in Apart Written Specially for Her, Some Piano from the Dazzling Yuja Wang and an All-American Mix

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NEW YORK

New York Philharmonic

The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival

(March 6-April 6)

This month-long celebration of Bach continues into April, with a highlight being Bach's consummate masterpiece the Mass in B minor. Alan Gilbert leads the Philharmonic in performances featuring stellar soloists Dorothea Roschmann (soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Steve Davislim (tenor) and Eric Owens (bass-baritone), joined by the New York Choral Artists Later in the festival, the Philharmonic presents Bach's violin concertos (with Isabelle Faust);principal cellist Carter Brey plays the complete Bach Cello Suites; and pianist Andras Schiff leads the orchestra in Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann. nyphil.org

LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Mostly Baroque (March 23 & 24)

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Jeffrey Kahane, offer a thoughtful programme culminating in two significant Baroque pieces--Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 5inD(one of the earliest concertos to feature a keyboard solo) and selections from Handel's WaterMusic But before arriving in the 18th century, we hear Stravinsky's neo-classical Concerto in Eflat, Dumbarton Oaks, one of the composer's two chamber concertos. This is followed by Mozart's sublime Serenade No 10 in B flat (Gran Partita).

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ST LOUIS

St Louis Symphony Orchestra

Copland and Bernstein (March 23 & 24)

Billed as an all-American concert, this mixes certifiable hits with lesser-known repertoire. Copland's music bookends the programme, which opens with the noirish Quiet City and closes with selections from the ballet Rodeo (featuring the famous 'Hoe Down'). Copland influenced many musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, whose Serenade--essentially a five-movement concerto with a prominent violin line--is here performed by concertmaster David Halen. A more recent composition by Christopher Rouse, the emotive and accessible Flute Concerto, is played by principal flute Mark Sparks.

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LOS ANGELES

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Yuja Wang debut recital (March 24)

Expect nothing less than dazzling virtuosity with Yuja Wang. She's previously thrilled audiences here with exhilarating concerto performances, but now, at the age of 26,this Chinese-born pianist arrives to playa solo show. Her repertoire is suitably ambitious, with a heavy dose of Rachmaninov: the Elegie in E flat minor the Presto in E minor (No 4 from Moment music aux)and the epic Piano Sonata No 2. …

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