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Reviews > Opera & Ballet

Paul Hindemith, Neues vom Tage. Landestheater, Linz, 31 May 2008; in repertoire until 1 July
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton
posted October 19, 2009

Kurt Weill, Street Scene. Mittelsächsisches Theater, Freiberg. 14 June–6 July 2008
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton
posted October 19, 2009

Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Simplicius Simplicissimus
State Opera, Hannover
;
19 January 2008 and in repertoire
reviewed by Michael Eagleton
Posted 23 April 2008

Weill, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. Aalto Musiktheater, Essen. 26 January 2008 and in repertoire
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton
Posted 23 April 2008

Zemlinsky Eine florentinische Tragödie and Der Zwerg
Frankfurt Opera; first night 15 April 2007 and in repertoire
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 1 August 2007)

Zemlinsky Der Traumgörge
Deutsche Oper Berlin, 27 May 2007 and in repertoire
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 23 July 2007)

Schreker Die Gezeichneten
Het Musiektheater, Amsterdam; first night 18 May 2007 and in repertoire
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 23 July 2007)

Hindemith Mathis der Maler
Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe; first night 17 March 2007 and in repertoire
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 23 July 2007)

Braunfels Don Gil von den grünen Hosen
Concert performances 6 and 13 June 2007, Munich
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 23 July 2007)

Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg
Theater Erfurt, Premiere 2 December 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 21 Feb 2007)

Viktor Ullman: Der Sturz des Antichrist
Theater Hof, 19 January 2007
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Erwin Schulhoff: Flammen
KlangBogen, Wien 7 August 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Walter Braunfels: Die Vögel
Mittelsächsisches Theater, Freiberg, 30 September 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Weill Festival: Berlin to Broadway
Opéra de Lyon, June 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Paul Dessau: Einstein
Dortmund, 8 April 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Weill: Arms and the Cow
Opera North, Bradford, 30 March 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus
Bayreuth, 26 March 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Kurt Weill Festival
Dessau, February–March 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Komische Oper, Berlin, Premiere 24 February 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Zemlinsky: Der Kreidekreis
Bielefeld, 18 February 2006
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 14 Feb 2007)

Veidl: Die Kleinstädter
in Regensburg, November 2005
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 19 March 2006)

Zemlinsky: Der König Kandaules in Liège
January–February 2006, in Regensburg, November 2005
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 19 March 2006)

Kurt Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
in Dresden, May 2005
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 19 March 2006)

Weill’s One Touch of Venus
Opera North, Leeds, December 2004
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 11 December 2005)

Shostakovich and Khachaturyan
The Bolshoi Ballet, New York, July 2005
Reviewed by Louis Blois (posted 09 August 2005)

Brand’s Maschinist Hopkins
Augsburg, March 2005
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 09 August 2005)

Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron
Hamburg, November 2004
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 09 August 2005)

Spoliansky’s Zwei Krawatten
Dortmund, October 2004
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 09 August 2005)

Ullman’s Kaiser von Atlantis
Royal Opera House, 14 July 2004
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 09 August 2005)

'Wiederentdeckte Musik' in Vienna
Schreker at the Jewish Museum, Schreker, Braunfels and Zemlinsky at the Volksoper, Korngold at the Staatsoper
from October 2004
Reviewed by Lloyd Moore (posted 09 August 2005)

'Wiederentdeckte Musik' in Vienna
Schreker, Kálmán, Braunfels and Zemlinsky at the Volksoper
from October 2004
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 09 August 2005)

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Reviews > Concerts

‘The Glory of Gershwin’
Reviewed by Malcolm Miller
posted October 30, 2009

‘Lyricism in the 20th Century’ Music Festival, 1–15 April, Taipei, Taiwan.
Reviewed by Michael Haas
posted October 19, 2009

Schreker’s Birthday of the Infanta in Liverpool, May 22 2008.
Reviewed by Lloyd Moore
posted October 19, 2009

Paul Ben-Haim (Paul Frankenberger), Joram, Munich, 8 November 2008
Reviewed by Malcolm Miller
posted 8 April 2009

Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony in London,
12 March 2009

Reviewed by Lloyd Moore
posted 1 April 2009

A Weinberg Concert in New York
Reviewed by Richard Pleak
11 November 2008

Kurt Weill, Der Silbersee
Deutsches Symphonie Orchester / Ingo Metzmacher
Philharmonie, Berlin,
16 December 2007
reviewed by Michael Eagleton
Posted 23 April 2008

Korngold: Centenary Celebrations on the South Bank October-November 2007
reviewed by Michael Eagleton
Posted 23 April 2008

‘Uncommon Comrades’: Weinberg and Shostakovich
American Symphony Orchestra cond. Leon Botstein
3 June 2007, Avery Fisher Hall, New York
Reviewed by Louis Blois (posted 16 July 2007)

‘I wandered through Theresienstadt’: Terezín Concert
at Great Portland Street Synagogue, London , 26 January 2006
Reviewed by Malcolm Miller (posted 19 March 2006)

Zun mit a regn (‘Sun and Rain’)
Synagogue, Nijmegen, 6 February 2005
Reviewed by Henny van de Groep (posted 19 March 2006)

Schulhoff in Milwaukee
April 2004
Reviewed by R. James Tobin (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Polish Composers in Berlin
‘Poland at Heart’, 22–30 October 2004
Reviewed by Wolfgang Dömling (posted 13 Nov 2005)

 

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Reviews > CDs

Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante in E minor, Op. 125; Myaskovsky Cello Concerto in C minor, Op. 66;* Rachmaninov: Vocalise (mono)**
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent; *Philharmonia Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent; **Alexander Dedyukhin, piano
EMI 3 80012 2 TT 73:29
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz
posted October 19, 2009

Weill Das Berliner Requiem; Schoenberg A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46;* Bernstein Symphony No. 3, Kaddish**
*Noam Sheriff,
**Samuel Piser (speakers), Abbie Furmansky (soprano), Jan Remmers (tenor), Christian Immler (baritone); Berlin Radio Choir, Boys of the State and Cathedral Choir of Berlin; Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, cond. John Axelrod
Nimbus NI 5807 TT 85:15
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz
posted October 19, 2009

Weinberg Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 52; Concerto No. 1 for Flute and String Orchestra, Op. 75; Concerto No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 148; Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, Op. 104
Claes Gunnarsson (cello), Anders Jonhaell (flute), Urban Claesson (clarinet); Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Thord Svedlund
Chandos CHSA5064 TT 79:25
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz
posted October 19, 2009

Kurt Weill
Zaubernacht

Ingrid Schmithuesen, soprano; Ensemble Contrasts Köln, cond. Celso Antunes

Herman Koppel
Orchestral Music, Vol. 1: Concerto for Flute, Op. 87a; Concerto for Cello, Op. 56; Concerto for Piano No. 2
Rune Most, flute; Michaela Fukacova, cello; Ulrich Stærk, piano; Odense Symphony Orchestra, cond. Paul Mann
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz
(Posted 23 April 2008)

Shostakovich
Violin Concertos No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77, and No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129; The Gadfly: Romance. Daniel Hope (violin); BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Maxim Shostakovich
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 1 August 2007)

Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano
Reviewed by Martin Anderson (posted 19 March 2006)

Vitězslava Kaprálová: Songs for voice and piano
Reviewed by Martin Anderson (posted 19 March 2006)

Shostakovich
Jazz Suites Nos. 1 and 2; Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Themes ; Novorossijsk Chimes; Festive Overture; The Bolt: Ballet Suite; The Limpid Stream: Ballet Suite; The Golden Age: Ballet Suite; Hamlet: Suite; The Gadfly: Suite.
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 19 March 2006)

Martinů Memorial to Lidice; Klein Partita for Strings; Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Reviewed by Martin Anderson (posted 19 March 2006)

'Continental Britons: The Émigré Composers' and 'Trails of Creativity , Vienna – Berlin – London, 1918–1938: Music from between the Wars'
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Ernest Bloch 'Macbeth'
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Bruckner arr. Stein, Eisler and Rankl
Symphony No. 7 in E major, Thomas Christian Ensemble
Reviewed by Martin Anderson (posted 13 Nov 2005)

William Byrd. Byrd Edition, vol. 7
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Erwin Schulhoff
Symphony No. 5 (1938–39) ‘A Romain Rolland’; Suite for Chamber Orchestra (1921); Symphony No. 2 (1932)
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Ernest Toch
Cantata of the Bitter Herbs; Jephta, Rhapsodic Poem
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Ernest Toch
String Quartet No. 7, Op. 15; Dedication; String Quartet No. 10, Op. 28, Buchberger Quartet
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Kurt Weill
The Eternal Road (highlights)
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz (posted 13 Nov 2005)

Raphael Sommer plays Martinů: New CD Set
Reviewed by Martin Anderson (posted 09 August 2005)

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Reviews > Books

'Shostakovich and Stalin' by Solomon Volkov
Alfred A. Knopf, New York/Little, Brown, London, 2004
Reviewed by C. H. Loh (posted 13 Nov 2005)

'Tradition der Natürlichkeit. Zu Biographie, Lyrikvertonung und Kammermusik des spätromantischen Klassizisten Robert Kahn' by Steffen Fahl
Studio, Sinzig, 1998
Reviewed by William Melton (posted 13 Nov 2005)

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Reviews > Film

Weill
Der Kuhhandel

Ursula Pfitzner (Juanita Sanchez); Dietmar Kerschbaum (Juan Santos); Michael Kraus (Mr Jones); Carlo Hartmann (President Mendez); Wolfgang Gratschmaier (Ximenez); Rolf Haunstein (General Gardia Conchas), et al.
Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper/Christoph Eberle.
Phoenix Edition 803 DVD TT: 138:00
Reviewed by Steve Schwartz
posted October 19, 2009

Room’s Tonya, Gendelshtein’s Lermontov, Stepanova’s Composer Sergei Prokofiev
Barbican Centre, London, May 2004
Reviewed by Michael Eagleton
posted 13 Nov 2005

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