Album review: Jansons’s notable Carnegie Hall farewell to the BRSO

Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks at Carnegie Hall on Friday 8 November 2019. © BR / Astrid Ackermann Friday 8 November 2019 marked an end of an era. At 8 pm, Mariss Jansons walked to the podium at the Isaac Stern Auditorium / Ronald O. Perelman Stage of Carnegie Hall... Continue Reading →

Getting a festival going under the pandemic – An interview with conductor André de Ridder

Artistic Director André de Ridder © Maarit Kytöharju / Musica nova Helsinki In one form or another, Musica nova Helsinki, Finland’s biggest contemporary music festival and one of the leading events of its kind in Europe, will launch again on 2 February. Due to the pandemic, the details of the 2021 festival are still in... Continue Reading →

Sir Simon Rattle and the BRSO – The story so far

Sir Simon Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in rehearsal at the Herkulessaal. © BR / Peter Meisel Announced on Monday, and rumored for some months, Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed as the Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus beginning with the 2023/2024 season. The initial five-year contract was... Continue Reading →

Box Set of the Year – The Beginnings of a partnership, as documented by the Berliner Philharmoniker

Artistic Director Kirll Petrenko conducting Berliner Philharmoniker. © Stephan Rabold When the Berliner Philharmoniker elected Kirill Petrenko as their new Artistic Director to succeed Sir Simon Rattle back in June 2015, the news took great many of us by surprise. Two years had passed since Rattle’s announcement to step down in 2018, and speculations about... Continue Reading →

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