Leif Ove Andsnes Embarks on Final Leg of Epic “Beethoven Journey”
Brooklyn Rider releases "Brooklyn Rider Almanac" on September 30
Stephen Costello & Ailyn Pérez launch 2014-15 with U.S. “Love Duets” recital tour
Alisa Weilerstein’s summer: Caramoor residency, BBC Proms, and feature film debut
Alessio Bax tours with Joshua Bell, opens Lincoln Center chamber season, releases Beethoven CD in 2014-15Published: September 16, 2014
On October 15, pianist Alessio Bax launches the 2014-15 season of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as soloist in two Mozart piano concertos at Alice Tully Hall, one of many prominent collaborations with friends old and new around the world. He tours extensively throughout the fall with violinist Joshua Bell in the U.S. and Europe, including stops at L.A.’s Disney Hall (Oct 26) and London’s Wigmore Hall (Nov 21). He also tours the UK with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Jan 29 –Feb 8). In the spring he reunites with the Southbank Sinfonia, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in London under the baton of legendary pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy (March 25). The ensemble previously collaborated with Bax on his recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595, released by Signum Classics in 2013. This month marks the addition of Alessio Bax plays Beethoven to his distinguished discography; the new Signum Classics album features two of the master’s greatest sonatas, the “Hammerklavier” and “Moonlight,” as well as pair of Bax’s own transcriptions from The Ruins of Athens.
Daniel Hope remains “force to be reckoned with” from Carnegie Hall to Albert Hall in 2014-15Published: September 15, 2014
Violinist and musical activist Daniel Hope remains “a force to be reckoned with” (Gramophone) on both sides of the Atlantic this season. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, on Escape To Paradise: The Hollywood Album he embarks on a nostalgic search for the quintessential “Hollywood sound,” launching a major new programming project crowned by his accounts of Korngold’s cinematic violin concerto with orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Germany’s NDR Radio Philharmonic. At New York’s Carnegie Hall, he curates and performs the world premiere of music-theater production A Distant Drum, the story of trailblazing black South African writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, while at London’s Royal Albert Hall he reprises his rendition of Max Richter’s original take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as heard on Vivaldi Recomposed, named iTunes’ Best U.S. Contemporary Classical Album of 2012. Season highlights also include a BBC Radio 3 live recital broadcast of Brahms, Joachim, Schumann, and Mendelssohn with pianist Sebastian Knauer; a coast-to-coast North American tour with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Hope’s 12th season as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival; and a wealth of orchestral and chamber engagements in repertoire ranging from the contemporary to the Baroque. As Britain’s Observer recently reflected, “This violinist, now among the best in the world as well as the most thoughtful, is as brilliant at Bach as Birtwistle.”
Ildar Abdrazakov kicks off 2014-15 headlining Met's season-opening “Figaro”Published: September 15, 2014
Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at just 25, Ildar Abdrazakov—who is featured in the October issue of Vanity Fair—has risen steadily to become one of the most prominent basses in the world. After making his Mostly Mozart Festival debut in Beethoven’s Ninth with Gianandrea Noseda last month, he kicks off his 2014-15 at the Metropolitan Opera, in the title role of Richard Eyre’s new season-opening production of Le nozze di Figaro, with James Levine on the podium (Sep 22 – Oct 25). Following his run as Figaro, Abdrazakov swaps his valet’s cloak for a toreador’s cape, remaining at the Met for two performances as Escamillo in Carmen opposite Anita Rachvelishvili, his Met co-star in last season’s Prince Igor. Those unable to attend in person will have a chance to catch the “sensational bass” (The Independent, UK) in Live in HD broadcasts of both Met productions: the October 18 performance of Figaro and the November 1 Carmen will both be transmitted live to cinemas worldwide.
Met Guild salutes Jessye Norman with “Brava, Jessye!” at NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria (Nov 21)Published: September 12, 2014
On Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents “Brava, Jessye!” to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled Stand Up Straight and Sing! A perennial highlight of the opera season, the Luncheon will bring together a host of artists and other luminaries to honor the sumptuous-voiced soprano and her long and celebrated career, including The Honorable Mario Cuomo, Julie Taymor, Maestro Kurt Masur, Arthur Mitchell and Deborah Voigt, in addition to opera fans and an array of New York’s society, business, and civic leaders. “Brava, Jessye!” will be highlighted by a spoken tribute from Toni Morrison, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose work Norman has unceasingly championed. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Guild’s education programs in New York City and throughout the country.