O. de Kort. Via Crucis meditation with De Leeuw and Sellars (bachtrack; review)

Franz Liszt. Via Crucis, S 53 – Reinbert de Leeuw, Piano – Peter Sellars, Presenter – Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven – 17 March 2016 ‘The weeks leading up to the Easter are traditionally seen as time of reflection and meditation. Every year the hundreds of Passions are being played all around the world, not forgetting Seven Last Words […]

O. de Kort. Energetic performances in Düsseldorf matinee (recensie; bachtrack)

K. Beavers, Symphonic Transformations of a Theme by John Beall – F. Poulenc, Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor, Op.61 – A. Dvořák, Symphony no. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” Op.95 – Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Arthur Jussen, Piano, Lucas Jussen, Piano, Dmitry Liss, Conductor – 20 March 2016 – Tonhalle, Düsseldorf ‘Three debuts in one programme can […]

O. de Kort. Musical fireworks by Nikolai Lugansky and the Budapest Festival Orchestra (review; bachtrack.com)

D. Shostakovich, Music to the play Hamlet by Shakespeare, Op.32 – S. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op.16 – P. Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 2 in C minor “Little Russian”, Op.17 – Budapest Festival Orchestra – Gábor Takács-Nagy, Conductor – Nikolai Lugansky, Piano – Müpa: Bela Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest – 25 February 2016   ‘A concert with […]

Olga de Kort. Damiano Michieletto’s La bohème 2.0 in Budapest (review; Bachtrack.com)

Giacomo Puccini – La bohème – 26  February 2016 – Hungarian State Opera, Erkel Theatre, Budapest János Kovács, Conductor – Damiano Michieletto, Director – Paolo Fantin, Set Designer – Carla Teti, Costume Designer – Orsolya Sáfár, Mimì –Ildikó Szakács, Musetta – Gergely Boncsér, Rodolfo – Zsolt Haja, Marcello – Zoltan Nagy, Schaunard – András Káldi Kiss, Colline – Lajos Geiger, Alcindoro – Gábor Gárday, Benoît – László Beöthy-Kiss, […]

Olga de Kort. Melodical treasures and romantic pathos of Rubinstein’s The Demon (review; bachtrack.com)

Anton Rubinstein – The Demon (concert performance) – 24 January 2016, De Munt/ La Monnaie, Brussels – Orchestre Symphonique et Choeurs de la Monnaie, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Conductor – Kostas Smoriginas / Demon, Ante Jerkunica / Prince Gudal, Boris Rudak / Prince Sinodal, Alexander Vassiliev / Sinodal’s servant, Veronika Dzhioeva / Tamara, Christianne Stotijn / Angel, Elena Manistina / Tamara’s Nurse. ‘There were times when Anton Rubinstein’s operas were admired and […]

O. de Kort. Anatomy of Fear: Dutilleux, Diepenbrock, Turnage – Concertgebouw, 14.01.16 (review; bachtrack.com)

H. Dutilleux, Timbres, espace, mouvement, ou la Nuit étoilée – A. Diepenbrock, Im grossen Schweigen – M.-A. Turnage, Three Screaming Popes – Detlef Roth, Baritone – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Otto Tausk, Conductor – Concertgebouw, Main Hall, Amsterdam – 14 January 2016 ‘The correlation between music and painting is one of the most interesting and long existing themes in the history […]

Olga de Kort. Paavo Järvi and Baiba Skride join the RCO for Britten and Ravel (review; bachtrack.com)

B.Britten, Violin Concerto, Op.15; M.Ravel, Le tombeau de Couperin, Daphnis and Chloé, orchestral suite no. 2.  – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Conductor, Baiba Skride, Violin. – Concertgebouw, Main Hall, Amsterdam, 11 December 2015. ‘A debut and a substitution in the same concert: it happens not very often that a debutant plays with another conductor than she or he […]

Olga de Kort. Jakub Hrůša’s striking debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (review; bachtrack.com)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša, Conductor, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin – Main Hall, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam – 29 November 2015 B.Smetana. Má vlast: Vltava (The Moldau), Šárka – D. Shostakovich. Violin Concerto no. 2 in C sharp minor, Op.129. – L.Janáček. Taras Bulba.   ‘Debuts are not perhaps the most relaxing events with space for spontaneity and […]

O. de Kort. Scriabin’s Mysterium (review, bachtrack.com)

Scriabin’s Mysterium: Universe and Mankind on their way to Transfiguration Alexandre Scriabin. Mysterium (unfinished) (Realized by Alexander Nemtin) – NTRZaterdagMatinee – Concertgebouw, Main Hall, Amsterdam – 28 november 2015 Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor), Vlaams Radio Koor, Markus Stenz, Conductor, Alexey Zuev, Piano, Marisol Montalvo, Soprano ‘An idealist, mystic and a dreamer, […]

O. de Kort. Schumann-Haitink-Perahia-COE, Amsterdam (review, bachtrack.com)

Tragic undertones and optimistic spirit in Haitink’s Schumann programme in Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bernard Haitink, conductor, Murray Perahia, piano –  Robert Schumann. Manfred Overture, Op.115, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54, Symphony no. 2 in C major, Op.61 – 15 november 2015 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam ‘The dramatic events of the past week gave a tragic undertone to the last of the […]