picks for Europe and North America
Festival Review: 27 October 2016
On the centenary of its founder's birth,
this year's Gstaad Menuhin Festival continued to grow from its modest
beginnings into an extravaganza that saw 26,000 visitors enjoying 75
Festival Review: 20 September 2016
The flamboyant Turkish pianist and composer
Fazil Say opened the 2016 edition of the festival at the newly renovated
Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle in Lille.
Interview: 20 July 2016
Pascal Amoyel on 'The Day I
Met Franz Liszt'
Hybridizing the concert hall
experience with an evening at the theatre, Amoyel creates an entirely new
performance category, to the delight of his fortunate fans.
Interview: 15 March 2016
Scotsman Douglas Boyd reinvigorates the Orchestre de
Chambre de Paris after years of mediocrity.
Review: 15 January 2016
Marc Chagall - The
Triumph of Music
Artworks, concerts, and audiovisual
elements - developed by the Institut Culturel Google in Paris -
document Chagall's passion for music.
News: 4 January 2016
Celebrates Wagner's Ring
In addition to rare music
manuscripts, letters, books, costumes and stage designs, photographs, and
historical artifacts, the exhibition includes a series of lectures and
concerts by leading opera artists.
News: 17 October
Tours $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri 'del Gesu' Italian Instruments for
'The Art of Music' sale features seven violins and
one cello from a private European collection
News: 12 September 2015
Mitsuko Uchida and
Sylvie Guillem Win 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts
In addition to a gold medal and a testimonial
letter, the prestigious award also brings with it 15 million yen
News: 27 May 2015
First BMW Art
Journey Goes to Hong Kong Artist and Composer Samson
The Hong Kong-based artists fascination with
military technology and his training as a composer serve as the basis for
his sonic documentation of war zones.
News: 30 April 2015
Portrait Returns to Germany After 265 Years
US$2.5 million, the portrait is an icon of music history and, to judge by
the sources, is the only true portrayal of the composer.
Interview: 3 December 2014
A Conversation With Ivo
Poised to tour Asia with a recital programme of
works by Liszt, Schumann, Stravinsky and Brahms, Croatian piano virtuoso
Ivo Pogorelich takes time to talk with Culturekiosque in Paris.
News: 4 April 2014
Salonen Awarded US Prize for Musical Composition
$100,000 cash prize includes a residency at Northwestern University, in
Evanston, Illinois and performances with the Chicago Symphony
Comment: 6 March 2014
Based in Berlin, where she wrote the text, French
novelist and playwright Marie NDiaye comments on her libretto for Hèctor
Parra's new opera.
News: 18 February 2014
Ives's Connecticut Studio Recreated in New York
Leonard Bernstein called the American composer
Charles Ives, "Our first really great composer...our Washington, Lincoln,
and Jefferson of music."
Sound Exhibition: 3 January 2014
Chance! Philippe Parreno's "Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the
At the core of the exhibition (until 12
January 2014), is Parreno's use of Stravinskys score Petrushka
performed by pianist Mikhail Rudy.
News: 25 November 2013
Benjamin Britten: A
Life in Pictures
A new exhibition of personal snapshots on
view at the National Portrait Gallery in London documents the life of the
News: 19 October 2013
Wagner Letter Up For
Auction In Barcelona
Written in French, the letter formed
part of the Spanish architect César Martinells personal Wagner
Seen and Heard: 6 October 2013
20th Festival de
L'Abbaye de Fontdouce
In 1970, the Boutinet family
restored their ancestral property which had been badly damaged after the
wars of religion in the 15th century and practically destroyed during the
bloodbath of the French revolution.
Editor's Pick: 7 September 2013
'The Forty Part Motet' at The Cloisters
composer's sound sculpture will be the first presentation of contemporary
art at the Medieval wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
Interview: 17 June 2013
The globetrotting Norwegian pianist on why he
likes his Beethoven piano concertos sans
News: 17 April 2013
Remembrance: Sir Colin Davis
1927 - 2013
Joel Kasow reflects on the British conductor's
career on the podium and in the recording studio.
CD Tip: 11 April 2013
The 29-year-old Serbian guitarist brings plenty of
technique and personal charm to this seductive collection from the Latin
Concert: 19 March 2013
Last Chance ! Songs
for a Mad King
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnencs controversial
exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Basel pays homage to the neglected music
and provocative personality of the American musician, singer, and composer
Julius Eastman (1940 1990).
News: 19 March 2013
Opulent French Art Case
Piano Sells for $253,623 at Auction
Estimated at £100,000
200,000, the piano is in the distinctive fin de siècle style of
high-rococo fused with Art Nouveau.
Editor's Pick: 18 December 2012
New Year's Eve Te
Deum in Lisbon
If Srauss waltzes in gilded concert
halls, or massive crowds roaming and shouting about public squares are not
your idea of how to bring in the New Year, the sung Te Deum at
the Igreja de São Roque in Lisbon might be an alternative well worth
News: 29 October 2012
Soundscape for 104 Flutes To Receive U.S. Premiere in Guggenheim
The one hundred migrating performers represent the
full scope of the New York flute community.
Editor's Pick: 23 July 2012
It's John. John
A visual arts exhibition and concerts in
Stuttgart mark the 100th year of the birth of the avant-garde music
News: 21 May 2012
Fischer-Dieskau (1925 - 2012)
recommended lieder and opera CDs by the legendary German baritone who died
last Friday 10 days short of his 87th birthday.
Concert Review: 26 April 2012
San Francisco and The Thomashefskys
Joel Kasow reviews the
PBS television bash for the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco
Orchestra and The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the
News: 16 February 2012
Grammy Winners 2012:
And the 2012 Grammy goes to...
Editor's Pick: 26 December 2011
New Year's Eve Te Deum
If massive crowds roaming and shouting about
public squares is not your idea of how to bring in the New Year, the sung
Te Deum at the Igreja de São Roque in Lisbon might be an
alternative well worth considering.
Festival Review: 30 September 2011
In the 17th century French atmosphere of its
exceptionally beautiful surroundings, the Festival de Sceaux attracts
locals, Parisians and international tourists in the know.
News: 8 August 2011
German Wins $50,000 First
Prize at 2011 Cleveland International Piano
Past winners of the Cleveland piano contest
include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Angela Hewitt, and Sergei Babayan.
Interview: 2 August 2011
Described as "the hottest thing in Opera these
days", Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando d'Arcangelo talks about Italian
politics, his favourite foods and his new CD, "Mozart" to be released in
News: 4 June 2011
Solti Archive Goes to Harvard
Recognizing his importance to Chicago, the
British-Hungarian maestro once said, "They should erect a statue to me."
News: 3 May 2011
Russian Composer Sofia
Gubaidulina To Make Rare U.S. Appearance
Always at odds
with the Soviet regime in which she spent most of her life in near
obscurity, Sofia Gubaidulina is now regarded as the most important Russian
composer since Shostakovich.
News: 3 February 2011
Paris Festival Honors
The prestigious free contemporary music festival
has invited the Finnish musician as composer and conductor.
News: 21 January 2011
The Queens Medal For
Music 2010 To Go To Emma Kirkby
The British Monarchy
acknowledges the English soprano's contribution in the field of early
News: 9 January 2011
Juilliard String Quartet to Receive
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Juilliard String Quartet is
the first classical ensemble to receive this award.
News: 14 November 2010
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki 1933
As a result of Poland's increasing political emancipation in
the late 1980s, Górecki's music travelled more widely and attracted new
performers and audiences in the West.
News: 2 November 2010
French-Built Pipe Organ for New York City Church
years to design and build, entirely by hand, two months to install, five
months to voice and fine-tune.
News: 27 September 2010
As unlikely as an opera on the life of Michel
Foucault may seem, it is all the more unlikely for not having a
News: 26 September 2010
The Republic of
Georgia Cancels New York Philharmonic Concerts
of Georgia cites budgetary constraints for the decision to rescind its
invitation to the American orchestra.
Concert Review: 23 September 2010
Symphony Receives U.S. Debut with New York Philharmonic
six-movement piece, the American jazz artist and composer's intention was
no less than to trace the long and rich history of jazz
News: 1 September 2010
Dancing in the Dark To Recieve World Premiere in
Lars von Triers dark, disturbing film about
guilt, sex, fate and personal responsibility has served as a source of
gothic inspiration for the Danish composer Poul Ruders new opera.
News: 2 August 2010
Memoriam: Sir Charles Mackerras
Joel Kasow on the performance and
recording legacies of a leading conductor of Czech music.
Editor's Pick: 7 July 2010
(R)evolution at the Lincoln Center Festival
to perform, the ingenious music of Edgard Varèse is always a risky affair
for a conductor, orchestra and soloists. New York takes up the challenge
of his complete works this summer.
News: 10 June 2010
Leipzig Bach Medal Goes
to Philippe Herreweghe
Uncanny in his ability to produce
exceptional beauty and clarity in the choral music of Bach, the director
of the Collegium Vocale Gent remains one of the most important advocates
of the historically informed performance of European baroque music.
Seen: 12 May 2010
Found Guilty of Crimes Against Humanities
In an work by
Slave Pianos, a piano is ripped from its pianist, found guilty of
treachery, deported and brutally executed by hanging.
Concert: 14 April 2010
To Hell and
Back: Louis Andriessens La Commedia
composer's 2008 'film opera' takes its New York bow at Carnegie Hall.
News and CD Tip:
17 February 2010
A Happy Reunion
of Bach Materials
The far-flung components of a
Bach cantata score, performing parts and libretto are reunited in an
exciting new limited edition from the Bach Archive Leipzig. Also, a CD Tip
on Austrian pianist Till Fellner.
Seen: 27 January 2010
Xenakis and Japan: The
Inner Lives of Ghosts
Xenakis considered the theatrical
form of Noh to be a supreme artistic achievement as well as emblematic of
his own vision in regard to musical drama.
Interview: 5 January 2010
Corsican Melodies: Music from the
Beginning of Time
Corsica is more than the birthplace of
Napoleon Bonaparte, white sand beaches and a resilient nationalist
movement. It is also home to one of the oldest singing traditions in the
Christmas Books: 22 December 2009
Secret Lives of Great
Just in time for the holidays, Joel Kasow reviews three
new books, providing a perfect set of options for those on your gift list
whom you regard highly, indifferently or hardly at all.
Travel Journal: 14 December 2009
The uneasy intersection of Tradition and Modernity is
made all the moreso in a city so invested in its imperial past. Alan Behr
recounts the good, the bad and the bewildering.
Concert Review: 6 November 2009
Dudamel in Paris:
An Unforgettable Debut
Venezuelan phenomenon Gustavo
Dudamel (along with more than 100 of his young countrymen and women) makes
his Paris debut, bringing a stunned and enraptured audience to its
How to Ruin a
Perfectly Good Music Festival
Each year, Switzerland's
Verbier Festival is less about serious music and more about serious
wealth, under-rehearsed "stars" and questionable artistic choices.
Luckily, some true gems can still be found amidst the glittery mountain of
Festival Review: 3 September 2009
Treasure: The Festival de lOrangerie de Sceaux
Boccadoro sends a dispatch from that increasingly rare setting a
successful and pleasant music festival where the focus remains on the
Two New Mozart Works
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 1791) wrote more than
600 works and still counting.
Judas Iscariot: Archetype
of a Traitor
Christian Holy Week in Europe offers to
believers and agnostics alike a unique occasion to hear some of the
greatest masterworks of Western sacred music.