| May 13, 2014
| 8:31 AM
Some pianists become narrower -- in terms of repertoire, that is -- as they grow older. They stick contentedly with, say, a Mozart-Beethoven-Schubert diet, or maybe just big helpings of Rachmaninoff and Liszt. More disturbingly, some young keyboard...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 8:44 AM
The Shriver Hall Concert Series has another lineup of notable classical artists in store for the 2013-14 season.
Mischa Maisky, said to be the only cellist who studied with two legendary cellists, Piatigorsky and Rostropovich, will open the season...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 3:31 PM
The penultimate program of the Baltimore Symphony's season balances feel-good orchestral pieces by Osvaldo Golijov and Benjamin Britten against a piano concerto by Johannes Brahms packed with darkly emotional drama. It makes for an engrossing combination....
| Jan 26, 2012
| 11:06 AM
In classical music terms, one quartet plus one quartet equals an octet. You can hear that mathematical formula for yourself when the American String Quartet is joined by the Ariel String Quartet for a Candlelight Concert Society program on Saturday, Jan....
| Jun 2, 2011
| 10:38 AM
Some musicians develop firm ideas about how to play a particular piece and stick to them no matter what. Others keep their options wide open.
Emanuel Ax is one of the latter, which helps explain why this Polish-born pianist has been a major force in the...
| May 2, 2014
| 4:24 PM
A large audience turned up at Walt Disney Concert Hall Thursday night to hear Emanuel Ax perform Brahms' big Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. That is hardly surprising. Ax is a popular, amiable pianist. Brahms is a popular, amenable...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:45 AM
Brahms and Tchaikovsky made an effort to be civil to each other when the German and Russian composers met, and that was impressive.
In an infamous review, Edward Hanslick, the most powerful critic in 19th century Vienna and Brahms' mouthpiece,...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 6:32 AM
Given that the music of Johannes Brahms is so inescapably a part of every concert season in Chicago, an observer might wonder why Symphony Center would want to devote a special series to the German Romantic master. Pianist Emanuel Ax has just the answer,...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 5:30 AM
In the world of postmodern opera production, setting "Carmen" on a cruise ship or "La Bohème" on a submarine is no longer considered eccentric. Stage directors are paid to come up with concepts. And so for his Long Beach Opera production of Peter...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
NEW YORK — If classical music composer Nico Muhly had his way, his occupation would to the average person seem about as exotic as being a plumber.
"I want it to feel the same relationship you'd have with your local butcher or neighborhood...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Channeling Danny Kaye, Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach and other musicians-cum-comics, conservatory-trained violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo like to say that they don't make fun of classical music but rather that they have fun with classical...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When you see "Project" following the name of a classical composer or composition, something modern this way likely comes. Thus, the "Brahms Project" that pianist Emanuel Ax launched with the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the weekend at Walt Disney Concert...