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. 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 […]

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 […]