Carnegie Hall Opens–Cleveland Shimmers

(CarnegieHall) On its gala opening night, Carnegie Hall hosted the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Most, the latest in a series of great Cleveland conductors. Originally polished into one of the nation’s a top orchestras by George Szell, Welser-Most showed New Yorkers a glorious sound. Three famous soloists were featured in the program,…

Thanks, Richard, for the Best Seat in the House; New Yorkers Really Are the Nicest People

(carnegiehall) In our desperate (and belated) efforts to get seats to hear Evgeny Kissin play at Carnegie Hall, we wound up with one good seat (parquet) and two less good seats (balcony) at a premium price from Stubhub. Don’t do this if you don’t have to. But we had to; you understand. (latimes) We arrived…

A Glorious Night of Brahms Piano Trios–Ma, Ax, and Kavakos

As Carnegie Hall was sold out, we had the privilege of sitting with 119 other devotees on the stage, a wooden sounding box that once again proved the extraordinary Carnegie Hall acoustics. These three artists joined together for love of Brahms, as each of them could sell out CH any old time. I wondered why…

Levine and the Ring Take a Bow at Carnegie Hall

(simonbutler)For more than 40 years, we have been fans of James Levine and of his way with Wagner, especially the Ring of the Nibelungen. We have seen four Ring cycles with him (more than 20 hours of music in four operas each time) and have witnessed his growth into perhaps the most eminent Wagner conductor…

Muti, Bronfman and the Chicago–a Winning Combination at Carnegie Hall

When a giant like Riccardo Muti mounts the podium in front of the Chicago Symphony in what is arguably the best hall in the world, you enjoy the glow and wonder why somehow New York couldn’t have lured him here–money? excitement? better winters?   (nytimes.com) He conducted a sumptuous performance of Schumann’s joyous “Rhenish” Symphony, reminding…