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…

Handel’s Alcina at Carnegie Hall–Joyce DiDonato and Alice Coote Shine

It was Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall and the English Concert led by Harry Bicket gleamed as they dug into the rarely performed Handel masterwork, Alcina, in concert version. The small orchestra using mostly modern instruments, but also including the six-foot long lute called the theorbo, (flickr.com) played in today’s Handel manner, that is to…

Mozart and Mahler at Carnegie Hall–A Different Viewpoint

Hi Everyone, My guest blogger this week is my son, Simon, whose film criticism can be seen at curnblog.com and whose blog can be viewed at Skip and Setter’s Cinema Blogishkeit cinemablogishkeit.com and whose opinions have always been and will always be inimitably his own. He also took some really great pix. Thank you, Simon!…