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,…

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…

Beethoven, Bronfman, Cadenzas and the New York Philharmonic

As we know, neither rain, sleet, hail nor thunderstorm will keep New Yorkers from their appointed rounds of theater, concerts or art. And it was really raining Friday night, but everybody was there to hear the great Yefim Bronfman play Beethoven Piano Concertos #1 and #4. We had heard him play Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Prokofiev…