Phenomenal take on the Adams Violin Concerto from Leila Josefowicz, the Helsinki Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki 

Leila Josefowicz photographed by © Tom Zimberoff Given in one of those performances where everything just clicks together, John Adams’s Violin Concerto (1993) was immaculately served on Friday evening by Leila Josefowicz and the Helsinki Philharmonic under Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki. As the score unfolded in its sounding reality, all parameters were beautifully aligned, resulting... Continue Reading →

Missy Mazzoli’s new Violin Concerto in dazzling Nordic premiere by Jennifer Koh, the Lahti Symphony and Dalia Stasevska

Jennifer Koh, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Dalia Stasevska perfroming Missy Mazzoli's Violin Concerto (Procession) (2021) at Sibelius Hall. © Jari Kallio It is not every day that one gets to hear a tremendous new violin concerto, but Thursday was one of those days. Given its Nordic premiere by Jennifer Koh, the Lahti... Continue Reading →

Sibelius’s dazzling orchestral farewell with Lahti Symphony and Dalia Stasevska

Chief Conductor Dalia Stasevska and the Lahti Symphony performing a reconstruction of Sibelius's 1927 premiere programme. © Maarit Kytöharju Picking up the lead from their Friday’s programme, Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Dalia Stasevska sought to pursue further the idea of reconstructing the original playlists of Jean Sibelius’s premiere concerts in their festival finale... Continue Reading →

Album review: Heavyweight John Adams box from Nonesuch

To mark John Adams’s seventy-fifth birthday celebrations, Nonesuch Records has set forth to release a gorgeous forty-disc heavyweight box set, covering the composer’s output so far, almost in its entirety. Concealed within, thirty five original-jacketed Nonesuch albums are found, reproduced as they were first released in the course of almost forty years, completed with five... Continue Reading →

Into the wild with Pekka Kuusisto, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Collon

Pekka Kuusisto and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon performing Thomas Adès's Märchentänze (2021) at Tampere Hall. © Jari Kallio The realms of nature have provided the arts with perennial inspiration. In music, the multi-faceted relationships between various natural phenomena and their multitude manifestations in sounds give rise to the ever-fascinating craft... Continue Reading →

Orchestral chamber music at the highest level with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Avi Avital

Lucerne Festival Orchestra in performance, lead by Raphael Christ, with Avi Avital as soloist. © Peter Fischli / Lucerne Festival The fabulous Lucerne Festival Orchestra is nothing short of cultural phenomenon. Founded in 2003 by then Music Director Claudio Abbado and Michael Haefliger, the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director, draws together leading instrumentalists from various... Continue Reading →

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