Olga de Kort. Theodora – Handel – Les Arts Florissants – 7.11.15, Concertgebouw Amsterdam (review, bachtrack.com)

 A profoundly impressiveTheodora from Les Arts Florissants in Amsterdam G.F.Handel. Theodora – Katherine Watson, Theodora; Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Irene; Philippe Jaroussky, Didymus; Krešimir Špicer, Septimius; Callum Thorpe, Valens; William Christie, conductor, Les Arts Florissants – 7 november 2015 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam ‘The Handel’s oratorio Theodora cannot boast the popularity of his best-known work, Messiah. No glorius reception, no triumphant performances, no enthuisiastic reviews: […]

Olga de Kort. Verbey – Mahler – philharmonie zuidnederland – Dmitri Liss – 24.10.15, Eindhoven (review, Bachtrack.com)

An evening of debuts, premières and introductions in Eindhoven**** Theo Verbey. Lumen ad finem cuniculi – Gustav Mahler. Symphony no. 5   philharmonie zuidnederland – Dmitri Liss, conductor – 24 October 2015 – Muziekgebouw Eindhoven ‘Debuts, premières and introductions: to find all this in one concert the Dutch music lovers had to be last Saturday in Eindhoven. There, in […]

O. de Kort. Pianoscope Festival, Beauvais. Opening concert: Berezovsky, Debargue, Mercier, Guttman (review; Bachtrack.com)

Musical expressions of Pianoscope**** Edvard Grieg. 8 Lyric Pieces, Two Norwegian Dances –  Gabriel Fauré. Berceuse, op.16 – Astor Piazzolla. L’Histoire du Tango: Bordel 1900, Nightclub 1960 – Igor Stravinsky. Petrushka: suite for piano à 4 hands (extracts) – Frédéric Chopin. Ballade no. 4 in F minor, Op.52 – Maurice Ravel. Gaspard de la nuit. Boris Berezovsky, piano – Lucas Debargue, piano – Michael Guttman, violin – Hélène […]

Exploring Anton Batagov’s Invisible Lands – Eurasia Festival 2015 (review; Bachtrack.com)

Exploring Anton Batagov’s Invisible Lands**** Claude Debussy. Préludes: Book 1 – Anton Batagov. Invisible Lands / Anton Batagov, piano – 8 October 2015 – Eurasia Festival – Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic, Great Hall, Ekaterinburg ‘The Russian pianist and composer Anton Batagov is one of the musicians who prefer to communicate with their listeners not only behind the instrument but also in […]

Italian metamorphoses in Ekaterinburg: Respighi – Romitelli – Maderna – Eurasia Festival 2015 (review; Bachtrack.com)

Italian musical metamorphoses in Ekaterinburg**** Ottorino Respighi. Trittico Botticelliano ‘Three Botticelli Pictures’, Concerto Gregoriano – Fausto Romitelli. Dead City Radio – Bruno Maderna. Composition No. 1 RAI National Symphonic Orchestra, Marco Angius, conductor, Josef Špaček jr, violin – Eurasia Festival – 7 October 2015 – Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic, Great Hall, Ekaterinburg  ‘The highly anticipated concert of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra at […]

Above all borders: Franck – Batagov – Hatzis, Eurasia Festival- Ekaterinburg (review; Bachtrack.com)

Above all borders: Dreams of Eurasia Festival**** César Franck. Psyché, symphonic poem – Anton Batagov. I see your dream, you see my dream, for piano and orchestra – Christos Hatzis. The Isle is full of Noises Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Liss, conductor, Anton Batagov, piano. –  6 October 2015 – Eurasia Festival, Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic, Great Hall, Ekaterinburg ‘The geopolitical position of […]

Olga de Kort – Sunday bells resound in the Concertgebouw (review; Bachtrack.com)

Dutch tintinnabulation: Sunday bells resound in the Concertgebouw **** Modest Mussorgsky. Boris Godunov: Coronation Scene – Arvo Pärt. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten – Sergej Rachmaninov. The Bells, for choir and orchestra, Op.35.  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic – James Gaffigan, conductor – Marina Rebeka, soprano – Sergei Skorokhodov, tenor – Andrei Bondarenko, baritone – Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor) “For generations of music lovers and Dutch […]