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The Scene

Magazine article Gramophone

The Scene

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From a celebration of Viennese classics at Carnegie Hall to the latest genre-defying works by Nico Muhly and David Lang; plus star soloists Julia Fischer, Rudolf Buchbinder and Martin Frost


Carnegie Hall

Vienna: City of Dreams

(February 21-March 16)

Carnegie Hall's in-depth festival saluting the artistic legacy of Vienna continues into March, with many events across New York City. Highlights include seven concerts in Stern Auditorium by the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera, led by celebrated conductors Franz Welser-Most, Daniele Gatti, Andris Nelsons and Zubin Mehta. The residency includes concert performances of Berg's Wozzeck and Strauss's Salome it's a rare event to see these musicians present opera in concert in New York City.


San Francisco Symphony

Julia Fischer and MTT (March 6-9)

The German violinist Julia Fischer is lauded for both her bravura technique and her musicianship. Here she performs Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1. Then Michael Tilson Thomas showcases his orchestra with the unabashed Romanticism and myriad colours of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.


Cleveland Orchestra

Buchbinder plays Rachmaninov (March 7-9)

The renowned Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder performs Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which anchors these three concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Most. The March 7 and 9 concerts include a contemporary treat in the form of Sternenfall for orchestra, written in 2007 by the British composer Ryan Wigglesworth. In addition, Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony, an infrequently performed masterpiece, will use the combined forces of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus plus three soloists: soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and tenor John Tessler. The March 7 concert features Legends by Sibelius.


Chiara Quartet

Bartok Quartet Cycle (March 7; April 11)

In a feat of memory and musicianship, the Chiara Quartet perform the complete Bartok string quartets from memory, in two concerts. The Chiara Quartet, artists-in-residence at Harvard University, break the chamber music convention of playing with sheet music. Instead, the musicians follow the model of concerto soloists who typically perform by heart. For a quartet to dispense with music stands means more synchronicity between the players (eye contact, breathing etc), which some say creates greater engagement with the audience. …

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